Lucky Forward: The History of Patton's Third U.S. Army
New York: The Vanguard Press, Inc., 1947. First Edition. Hardcover. , 424 pages, illus., maps, endpaper maps, glossary, index, boards soiled and scuffed, small tear at spine. Robert Sharon Allen (July 14, 1900 ? February 23, 1981) was a Washington D.C. correspondent and Washington bureau chief for The Christian Science Monitor. In 1931, with Drew Pearson, he anonymously co-authored Washington Merry-Go-Round (New York, H. Liveright) and More Merry-Go-Round and later wrote the daily column of the same title. He was a veteran of World War I and served on General Patton's staff in World War II. In 1947, he edited the book, Our Fair City, an expose of corrupt conditions in American municipalities. He also wrote Lucky Forward: The History of Patton's Third Army. Papers concerning his military career reside in the George S. Patton Museum at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He died in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Allen, who had cancer, had ended his journalism career when his illness made it impossible for him to work. The Third Army was officially created on the 15th of November, 1918, four days after the First World War Armistice was agreed to in Europe. Reduced to cold, statistical figures, the feats of the Third Army were astonishing. The Army liberated or captured 81,522 square miles of territory. An estimated 12,000 cities, towns, and communities were liberated or captured. Third Army captured 765,483 prisoners of war and an additional 515,205 of the enemy surrendered during the last week of the war. The enemy lost an estimated 1,280,688 captured, 144,500 killed, and 386,200 wounded, adding up to 1,811,388. By comparison, the Third Army suffered 16,596 killed, 96,241 wounded, and 26,809 missing in action for a total of 139,646 casualties. Third Army's losses were only 12.97 percent of the German losses. That is only about 13 American soldiers for every 100 German soldiers. Third Army aircraft and artillery dropped or dispersed by shell 31,552,700 psychological warfare leaflets to enemy troops. Condition: fair to good.
Keywords: WWII, Unit History, George S. Patton, Third U.S. Army, Omar Bradley, Dwight Eisenhower, Adolf Hitler, Bernard Montgomery, Battle of the Bulge, Bastogne, Ardennes, Siegfried Line