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Eisenhower's Armies: The American-British Alliance during World War II

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The Anglo-American relationship from 1941-1945 proved to be the most effective military alliance in history. Yet there were also constant tensions and disagreements that threatened to pull the alliance apart. This book highlights why the unprecedented level of cooperation between the very different American and British forces eventually led to victory but also emphasizes t ...more
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published December 7th 2015 by Pegasus Books (first published June 4th 2015)
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happy
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
With this book, Prof. Barr looks at the sometimes contentious relationship of the two great allies of World War II, Great Britain and the United States. Not only does the author look at the relationship of the two armies in World War II, in the first chapter of the book he traces the military relationship between the two countries from the very beginnings – Braddock’s Defeat in 1755 up to the beginning of the Second World War.

As the author gets into the main focus of the narrative, the World War
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Nooilforpacifists
Excellent rebuttal to recently read bio of Alanbrooke. The Anglo-American alliance succeeded because of its joint planning ability, says author Niall Barr, and although Brooke and Marshall share credit for that, virtually all of the cooperative spirit came from Ike. In only his second week at Allied Planning Headquarters in London, Ike addressed the staff,

"reminding his mixed audience that the Americans regarded the British as 'standoffish conceited snobs' whereas the British looked on the Amer
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Paul
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Yanks and Limeys – An Excellent Narrative

Yanks and Limeys is the latest book from the excellent Military Historian Professor Niall Barr, who gives us a well written, well researched account of the relationship between Britain and the United States during the Second World War. Barr has written many excellent books over the years and has once again risen to the test and passed with flying colours.

Since the war in books, periodicals, journalistic pieces the Anglo-American Alliance has been examined
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Mike Kershaw
Apr 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Michael Hastings recently opined in the New York Review of Books that books on World War II are second only to cookbooks on the list of most written about subjects. In fact, he reviewed about 8 titles on World War II recently in the NYROB, including this one -- not all, apparently particularly insightful. While Niall Barr certainly treads on familiar territory with "Eisenhower's Armies", he does so in a fashion that covers what is undoubtedly a broad topic with enough specificity to make it inte ...more
M Tucker
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The depth and breadth of the Anglo-American alliance during the Second World War was unprecedented in history and Niall Barr does an outstanding job of bringing that to light. This is a very well researched and well written story that examines the development and evolution of that alliance looking at both the successes and the problems that had to be overcome. The author examines relationships between the troops and the commanders and presents it all in a very entertaining manner. He is exclusiv ...more
Jeff Brateman
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it loved it loved it! As time goes by, I think we forget and immortalize the WW2 struggle, forgetting that all the players involved were engrossed in their local and regional struggles as well. This book really plays home the importance of various levels of cooperation in large organizational merges. This was my first intro into how Montgomery and Eisenhower had to deal with their own struggles, and pressures from their respective countries.

Also, this makes a great companion book to The R
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Fausto Betances
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Good reading in general. A bit biased toward British influence in WWII outcome. (I didn't know it was written by a British author until pro Britain claims started to pile up). Not a bad book. Good pace.

Takeaways
Birth of a super power, change of guard.

Balance of forces at the gates of Berlin before the war was over:
61 American divisions, 13 British, 11 French, 5 Canadian and 1 polish.

Information about the war in the east only started to become available in the 60's and 70's. That caused most of h
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THOMAS WHALEN
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good history book

I enjoyed this book. It is very well researched and written, and provides good insight into the Anglo-American partnership that produced victory in WWII in Europe.
Nishant Pappireddi
Good book about the Anglo-American alliance between the respective armies during WW2.
Harley
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of war
I picked up this book after reading a biography of Eisenhower hoping to gain a better understanding of Eisenhower's role in World War II. Unfortunately, the title is misleading. Niall Barr attempts to document the relationship between the British military and the American military beginning with the interactions prior to the American Revolution. The last 2/3 of the book focused on World War II.

Niall Barr has spent a lot of time obviously researching the relationship between the two militaries b
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Martin
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Certainly one of the three best books I have read this year(30). Taking a wonderful higher view, this book takes on the Alliance between the US and Great Britain in World War II. My only regret is that there is little mention of the Pacific war and the alliance there. But these are Eisenhower's Armies, so we get to see how the two armies intertwined and cooperated throughout the European War. I found this to be a fair look, examining the struggle between the allies as well. The classic arguments ...more
Joan Mitchell
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-have-won
This book gives an intimate knowledge of how the Allies of WWII worked with each other. The different generals with their differing opinions and training had to come together in very unfavorable circumstances to win on all fronts. I am not into war history but this was very interesting. The different personalities and viewpoints came together in impossible circumstances. What we are taught in our school history does not include all the implications that this book offers. I received this book fro ...more
Scott Fasnacht
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting approach to studying the complex relationships behind America's alliance with Great Britain in WWII. The author adeptly blends the powerful personalities of Eisenhower's contemporaries with a highly readable historical context dating back to the French and Indian Wars. A good read for anyone interested in Eisenhower or the politics behind this important alliance.
Richard
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Excellent and engaging account of the World War II alliance between the US and the UK, while at the same time describing vividly battles, strategies and personalities. The author has been very even-handed in his approach and does not pull any punches when discussing key events.
Reed Galen
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent new history of the personalities and circumstances that made the United States' and United Kingdom's World War II alliance like nothing warfare had seen before. A very worth addition to the library of excellent WWII histories out recently.
Joe
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was well put together and the emphasis on cooperation between the commanders and troops of the American and British armies is the real message.
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