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Author Gavin, James M. (James Maurice), 1907-1990.

Title The general and his daughter : the wartime letters of General James M. Gavin to his daughter Barbara / Barbara Gavin Fauntleroy ; commentary and notes by Starlyn Jorgensen ; edited by Gayle Wurst
Edition 1st ed
Published New York : Fordham University Press, 2007


Description 1 online resource (xxii, 244 pages) : illustrations, maps (some color)
Series World War II--the global, human, and ethical dimension
World War II--the global, human, and ethical dimension.
Contents Title Page -- Table of Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Editor's Note -- Foreward -- Introduction -- Prologue -- Chapter 1: The Call to War -- Chapter 2: Operation Husky -- North Africa -- Chapter 3: Operation Husky -- Sicily -- Chapter 4: Operation Avalanche -- Italy -- Chapter 5: Operation Overlord/Neptune -- United Kingdom -- Chapter 6: Operation Neptune -- Normandy -- Chapter 7: Command of the 82nd Airborne Division -- Chapter 8: Operation Market-Garden -- Holland -- Chapter 9: The Battle of the Bulge -- Belgium
Chapter 10: Cracking the Siegfried Line -- Germany Chapter 11: A Brief Respite -- France -- Chapter 12: Back on the Line -- The Final Fight -- Chapter 13: Victory, Russian Camaraderie, and a Visit Home -- Chapter 14: Occupation Duty -- Berlin -- Chapter 15: The Call Home -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Selected Bibliography -- Index -- Others books in the World War II: The Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension Series
Summary James Maurice Gavin left for war in April 1943 as a colonel commanding the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division?America?s first airborne division and the first to fight in World War II. In 1944, ?Slim Jim? Gavin, as he was known to his troops, at the age of thirty-seven became the 82nd?s commanding general?the youngest Army officer to become a major general since the Civil War. At war?s end, this soldier?s soldier had become one of our greatest generals?and the 82nd?s most decorated officer.Now James Gavin?s letters home to his nine-year-old daughter Barbara provide a revealing portrait of the American experience in World War II through the eyes of one of its most dynamic officers. Written from ship decks, foxholes, and field tents?often just before or after a dangerous jump?they capture the day-to-day realities of combat and Gavin?s personal reactions to the war he helped to win. And provide an invaluable self-portrait of a great general, and a great American, in war and peace.The book?s more than 200 letters begin at Fort Bragg in 1943 and continue to December 1945, as Gavin came home to lead the 82nd at the head of the Victory parade in New York. This correspondence constitutes the majority of Gavin?s private wartime letters, but except for rare appearances in regimental newsletters, it has never before been published. In her Introduction, Epilogue, and Notes, Barbara Gavin Fauntleroy gives a privileged glimpse of the private man. Edited by Gayle Wurst, the book features historical overviews by Starlyn Jorgensen, a preface by noted Gavin biographer Gerard M. Devlin, and a foreword by Rufus Broadaway, Gavin?s aide-de-camp
Notes Color map on lining papers
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-235) and index
Subject Gavin, James M. (James Maurice), 1907-1990 -- Correspondence
SUBJECT Gavin, James M. (James Maurice), 1907-1990 -- Correspondence
Gavin, James M. (James Maurice), 1907-1990 fast
Subject United States. Army -- Biography.
United States. Army -- Airborne troops -- History
SUBJECT United States. Army fast
Subject Generals -- United States -- Biography
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American
Armed Forces -- Airborne troops
Military operations, Aerial -- American
United States
Genre/Form Biographies
Personal correspondence
Form Electronic book
Author Wurst, Gayle
Fauntleroy, Barbara Gavin
Jorgensen, Starlyn
LC no. 2007000873
ISBN 9780823246915