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Nothing Less Than Full Victory: Americans at War in Europe, 1944-1945 (Ausa)
Edward G. Miller  More Info

A Dark and Bloody Ground: The Hurtgen Forest and the Roer River Dams, 1944-1945
Edward G. Miller  More Info

According to the book description of Nothing Less Than Full Victory: Americans at War in Europe, 1944-1945, “At the onset of World War II, the U.S. Army was a third-rate ground force of 145,000 with some generals who still believed in the relevance of horse cavalry. Its soldiers were untrained, its doctrine out of date, and its weapons hopelessly obsolete. Four years later, the U.S. Army was engaged in a global war with a force of more than 8 million men armed with modern weapons and equipment. Nothing Less than Full Victory is the story of how American ground troops in Europe managed to defeat one of the most proficient armies in history. The author, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, draws on his twenty years of experience in military logistics and eight years of scholarly research to examine the Army s remarkable transformation. Focusing on areas rarely considered in other books on World War II, Edward G. Miller analyzes the performance of American soldiers in the 1944 45 campaign in western Europe against a background of logistics, organization, training, and deployment. In doing so, this groundbreaking work refutes decades of assumptions to reset the historical framework for comparison of U.S. and German performance over the course of the campaign. Lieutenant Colonel Miller s skillful melding of little-known individual and small-unit combat action with the various facets of generating, deploying, and projecting power allows the reader to understand as never before the true significance of what took place. This book is published in cooperation with the Association of the United States Army.”

Lieutenant Colonel Edward G. Miller, USA (ret.), served on from 1980 until 2000, and was a Department of the Army-designated historian. He spent over six years in Germany and was a member of the Department of the Army Staff and staff of the Army Secretariat at The Pentagon. He first served in the 4th Battalion, 37th Armor, a unit made famous in World War II when its elements relieved the troops surrounded in Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. He later served in the 1st Armored Division in Germany, which was, ironically, the unit in which his uncle was serving when he was killed in action. Ed was instrumental in establishing and conducting military history leader education programs for senior officers and NCOs, and he has organized and led ‘Staff Rides’ for the Army since 1986.

 

Edward Miller’s military specialty was logistics, and in addition to field time, he also managed regulatory oversight programs involving the Army’s share of the $17B/yr (sales worldwide) Commissary, Exchange and Soldier Support business operations. He was a strategic analyst for the Army operations staff and advised the Assistant Secretary of the Army on the investigation of the 1950 incident at No Gun Ri, Korea and the Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets in the US.

 

Edward Miller also assisted the Department of Defense Joint Personnel Accounting Center in the analysis of WWII missing in action (MIA) cases and the PBS series "History Detectives," in addition to work on video and film projects. Ed has effectively blended his professional work in history and logistics/supply chain management for several other organizations including classified special operations units. 

 

Lieutenant Colonel Edward G. Miller is the author of Nothing Less Than Full Victory: Americans at War in Europe, 1944-1945 and A Dark and Bloody Ground: The Hurtgen Forest and the Roer River Dams, 1944-1945.

 

Publishers Weekly said of A Dark and Bloody Ground: The Hurtgen Forest and the Roer River Dams, 1944-1945, “This tale of the disaster suffered by U.S. forces in Germany near the end of WWII is based on government records, veterans' accounts and the author's visits to the battlefield. Assigned to clear Germany's Hurtgen Forest of enemy troops, the U.S. 7th Corps high command concentrated on terrain features, road junctions and towns, failing to realize that the more important objectives were the nearby dams controlling the level of the water obstacle standing between the Americans and the Rhine, i.e., the Roer. Miller vividly describes the bloody confrontation in the forest near Aachen from late 1944 into early '45, with the Germans conducting a well-executed delaying action that bought time for a buildup of forces for their last-ditch Ardennes campaign. The ferocity of the fighting was typified by the experience of the 22nd Infantry, which lost 108 officers and 2575 enlisted men in exchange for four miles of tactically useless woods. Miller's detailed account of the climactic assault on the Schwammenauel Dam by the 78th Division drives home the theme of this well-researched study: the overriding importance of defining a clear and logical objective at the beginning of a military campaign. Major Miller is on active duty with the U.S. Army in Germany as an ordnance officer.”

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