Pershing's Lieutenants: American Military Leadership in World War I


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16 October 2020
Pershing's Lieutenants, a new book from Osprey Pershing's Lieutenants, a new book from Osprey
A new book details the history of the key leaders working for and with General John J. Pershing in America’s first truly modern war.

World War I had a profound impact on the United States of America, which was forced to grow an army almost overnight. The day the United States declared war on Germany, the US Army was only the 17th largest in the world, ranking behind Portugal – the regular Army had only 128,000 troops, backed up by the National Guard with some 182,000 troops. By the end of the war it had grown to 3,700,000, with slightly more than half that number in Europe under the command of General John J. Pershing, as the American Expeditionary Forces. Until the United States did so, no country in history had tried to deploy a 2 million-man force, 3,000 miles from its own borders.

Pershing’s Lieutenants reveals the history of the key leaders working for and with John J. Pershing during this tumultuous period, including George Marshall (staff officer and future General of the Army); George S. Patton (tank commander and future commander of the US Third Army during World War II); Douglas MacArthur (42nd Division commander and future General of the Army); and Harry S. Truman (artillery battery commander and future president of the United States).


  • Osprey Publishing
  • ISBN 978-1-4728-3863-6
  • £25. Hardback
  • Published: 26 November 2020




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