GENERAL IN COMMAND honors the life of service of Major General John B. Anderson. The trials and tribulations of a boy from Iowa who left his family to go east and who rose through the ranks of the United States Army reads like a history of the 20th century. He chased Poncho Villa in Mexico in 1914-1916, he led a battalion of the famed Sixth Field Artillery Regiment in the trenches of France in World War I in 1917-1918, and advised our State Department representatives to the Prisoner of War Conference at Geneva in 1929. An honor graduate of the Army's Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, he taught many of the great field commanders of World War II. The culmination of his career was as Commanding General of the US XVI Corps in the crossing of the Rhine River and the reduction of the Ruhr Pocket, actions which broke the back of German resistance in the West. Cooperation with our British allies, especially Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, incurred the silent wrath of Dwight Eisenhower who neglected to secure the third star for General Anderson commensurate with his command duties and responsibilities.
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