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General William E. DePuyPreparing the Army for Modern War$
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Henry G. Gole

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125008

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125008.001.0001

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The 90th Division Goes to School

The 90th Division Goes to School

(p.25) 3 The 90th Division Goes to School
General William E. DePuy

Henry G. Gole

University Press of Kentucky

The 90th Division was nearly disbanded as it was deemed inadequately prepared and directed, and various division and regimental commanders were both assigned and fired until effective leaders were found. Effective leadership and confidence in that leadership rose in DePuy's division only after the fight at Normandy and the war of movement from the beaches, and as such, the 90th division became one of America's most reliable army divisions in Europe. Bill DePuy referred to this division as the greatest killing machine of Americans in Europe as he witnessed the different stages of transformation that the division underwent. This chapter shows how Colonel George Bittman Barth soon took over the 357th, the two phases of DePuy's experience in World War II, and other such aspects.

Keywords:   357th infantry, 90th Division, Normandy, leadership, Colonel Barth, World War II

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