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GAILEY, HARRY A. - Howlin' Mad vs The Army: Conflict in Command, Saipan 1944.

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Novato, California: Presidio Press 1986. Book Club Edition. Hardbound 8vo (about 8.5 inches tall) 278 pages. Notes, bibliography, index. Description: Includes a few maps and diagrams and short section of photographs. Marine Corps Lt Gen. Holland M (Howlin' Mad) Smith relieved his subordinate, Maj. Gen. Ralph Smith, of command of the Army's 27th Infantry Division, on 24 June 1944, during the assault on Saipan. The 27th was lagging behind the Marine advance on either flank; it must be the fault of the commander. It was a conflict in command, and a conflict between commanders. On one side was a general whose temper had justly earned his nickname. H M Smith had spent over forty years in the Marine Corps, but until Saipan, had never been in action. Ralph Smith, on the other hand, in his first twenty five years in the Army held posts in both combat and training. He was forty nine years old when he took command of the 27th, calm, self-possessed, well-liked and generally considered successful. Professor Gailey presents us first with the basic factors, then proceeds to the analysis. He discusses the part the media played in the controversy and analyzes the affair according to H M Smith's account in Coral and Brass. At the time this book was being researched, Ralph Smith was still alive (in his nineties) and contributed to the background. Rear gutter code 'Q 21''' indicates a printing date of May, 1986. BINDING/CONDITION: two color paper covered boards -- red with navy at the spine; a Near Fine book, with a Very Good+ dust jacket. ISBN: 0891412425
USD 10.00 [Appr.: EURO 9 | £UK 8 | JPą 1127] Book number 064180

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