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Boy on the BridgeThe Story of John Shalikashvili's American Success$
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Andrew Marble

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178028

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178028.001.0001

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Dimitri, Prisoner of War

Dimitri, Prisoner of War

Summer, 1946—Ancona, Italy

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Boy on the Bridge

Andrew Marble

University Press of Kentucky

The chapter is a flashback to Ancona, Italy, in the summer of 1946, at the end of World War II, close to the time Dimitri Shalikashvili, John Shalikashvili’s father, will be released from a British prisoner of war (POW) camp, ending his military career at the mere rank of major. The chapter overviews the impressive military and European aristocratic background of the Shalikashvili lineage; summarizes Dimitri’s service to the tsarist, Free Georgian, Polish, and German militaries; sets out Dimitri’s character and qualities, the positive aspects of which are shared by his son John; and explains how geostrategic shifts and other factors beyond Dimitri’s control ruined the chance this highly professional military officer had of measuring up to his ancestors, thereby providing comparative grist to mill the question of the determinants of success.

Keywords:   Dimitri Shalikashvili, World War II, European aristocracy, prisoner of war (POW), Georgian military, Polish military, German military, tsarist Russia military, Free Georgian military, determinants of success

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