Intrepidity, Iron Will, and Intellect: General Robert L. Eichelberger and Military Genius Matthew H Fath

ISBN: 9781249369554

Published: September 13th 2012

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118 pages


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Intrepidity, Iron Will, and Intellect: General Robert L. Eichelberger and Military Genius  by  Matthew H Fath

Intrepidity, Iron Will, and Intellect: General Robert L. Eichelberger and Military Genius by Matthew H Fath
September 13th 2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 118 pages | ISBN: 9781249369554 | 8.75 Mb

There are currently two contradictory schools of thought in the historiography of General Robert L. Eichelbergers generalship. One group of authors, John Shortal and Jay Luvaas, consider Eichelberger a brilliant World War II commander. Another author, Paul Chwialkowski, believes Eichelberger to be good, but not distinguished. This study attempts to develop a concise judgment of Eichelbergers leadership.

The research analyzed Eichelbergers generalship using Clausewitzs theory of military genius as a model. The first step was to define military genius and to determine its components and subcomponents. Next, Eichelbergers pre-World War II education, mentorship, and training experiences were evaluated. The third step was to analyze Eichelbergers generalship during the Papua New Guinea, Netherlands New Guinea, and Philippines Campaigns of World War II to determine if he consistently demonstrated the qualities of military genius.

This study concluded that Eichelberger definitively displayed the components of courage and determination but a judgment on his coup doeil required a more detailed examination and warranted further research. Eichelbergers leadership is relevant to todays military officer because he successfully defeated an enemy who employed many asymmetrical tactics of potential enemies in the contemporary operating environment: antiaccess denial, defense in complex terrain, and fanatical fighting abilities.



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