About the Cover:The backdrop of the cover is a photographof the 28th Infantry Division on August 29,1944, as they marched down the Avenue desChamps-Élysées, Paris, France, with the Arcde Triomphe de l’Étoile in the background.Their celebration was short, because uponthe conclusion of the parade, they proceededthrough Paris and moved eastward to main-tain contact with the retreating
.The inset photograph is of the key leadershipof the European Campaign. It was originally
released by the Ofce of War Information in
1945 and it was captioned: “This is the Brassthat Did It.” The photo was taken at the 12th
Army Group Headquarters, Bad Wildlungen,
Germany, May 11, 1945, three days after theGerman surrender.
Front row left to right, William H. Simpson,George S. Patton Jr., Carl A Spaatz, Dwight
D. Eisenhower, Omar N. Bradley, CourtneyH. Hodges, Leonard T. Gerow.
Rear row, left to right, Ralph F. Stearley, HoytS. Vandenberg, Walter B. Smith, Otto P Wey
-land, Richard E. Nugent
Source: U.S. Army Military History Institute