The Supreme Allied Commander's Operational Approach
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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Since the end of WWII, many historians have criticized General Eisenhowers broad front strategy. These critics have argued that General Eisenhowers employment of what we now call operational art demonstrated a lack of decisiveness and operational boldness, thereby unnecessarily prolonging the war. To highlight the errors in his broad front strategy, some critics have misrepresented General Eisenhowers operational leadership by presenting historical situations out of context or portraying his caution as timidity. However, a critical review of General Eisenhowers actions during the campaigns on the Western Front reveals a more compelling story. Thus, upon closer examination, General Eisenhowers broad front strategy or what this monograph describes as his operational approach provides substantial evidence to silence his critics. This study seeks to prove that General Eisenhower successfully employed Allied forces using operational art in the manner most effective and most appropriate to the situation the Allies faced on the Western Front in the final campaigns to defeat Germany.
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