World War II was the largest and bloodiest conflict in human history, Behind the clashes on the battlefields lay a great deal of strategy ... plans made by generals who agonized over their decisions, and who didn't always get it right. Even so, during World War II, the United States was blessed with several very gifted military minds. Among them were George Patton, Omar Bradley, Douglas MacArthur, Mark W. Clark, Dwight Eisenhower and George Marshall.
Some of them were true "war horses," who never considered any other calling, and who loved war perhaps a little too much. Chief among these was Patton, whose private motto might easily have been "Peace is hell." Others were destined for great futures in politics. Certainly Dwight Eisenhower counts here, as does statesman George Marshall, architect of the Marshall Plan. MacArthur and Patton had families with a history of distinguished military service. Omar Bradley, on the other hand, had blue-collar roots, and worked as a boilermaker before his acceptance to the United States Military Academy, better known as West Point. And while Mark W. Clark and Lesley McNair aren't such well-known names, they made indelible contributions to the eventual Allied victory.
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