Marshall Mobilizes the Nation
Winston Churchill gave credit where he and many others felt it was due just before V-E Day in May 1945, saluting U.S. Army Chief of Staff George C. Marshall as “the true organizer of victory” in World War II. Indeed, no other general had more influence on the war’s outcome.
Military historian David W. Mills of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College examines the man who built and directed the largest army in history and then won a Nobel Peace Prize for his post-war work as a diplomat and secretary of state. Marshall never commanded in battle. But he was a skilled administrator and strategist whose strengths included an ability to identify and promote officers with talent—the likes of Dwight Eisenhower, Jacob Devers, George S. Patton, and Omar Bradley.