The 90th Division Goes to School

Henry G. Gole

in General William E. DePuy

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780813125008
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135168 | DOI:
The 90th Division Goes to School

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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

Chapter.  5989 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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