General Who Wore Six Stars

The Inside Story of John C. H. Lee

Hank H Cox

A long-overdue bio of a brilliant, if eccentric, senior World War II commander who was unfairly criticized by fellow officers and who has been ill-treated by military historians.
Publication date:
March 2018
Publisher :
Potomac Books, Inc.
Illustration :
18 photographs
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ISBN : 9781612349633

Dimensions : 230 X 150 mm
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• Using Lee's unpublished memoir, Cox provides a unique and lost perspective on the WWII commander that sheds light on his oft criticized decisions and lifestyle
• A vivid portrait of one of WWII's most criticized, yet legendary, military leaders that exonerates the man while exposing the harsh truth behind his genius
• Cox offers a fascinating retelling of the critical logistics behind the ETO's supply service during WWII
• Blending firsthand accounts of Lee and historical documentation on the SOS during WWII, Cox presents a Lt. Gen. John C. H. Lee few have seen - a tactical genius, an eccentric disciplinarian, and a man grounded in tradition and love for country

Lt. Gen. John C. H. Lee, commander of the Service of Supply (SOS) for the European Theater of Operations (ETO) during World War II, is a legendary military figure historians and servicemen love to hate. In this long-overdue biography of the brilliant yet eccentric commander, Hank H. Cox delves into the perplexing details of how Lt. Gen. John "Jesus Christ Himself” Lee let his idiosyncrasies get the better of him—or at least polarize him against his fellow officers. Though having had an illustrious and successful military career, Lee has gone down in history as "a pompous little son-of-a-bitch only interested in self-advertisement.” Few can doubt this as he famously moved his headquarters to Paris where, during the height of the American Army supply crisis, 29,000 of his SOS troops shacked up in the finest hotels and, due to sheer number, created a black market on a grand scale. Since the main function of the SOS was to supply the combat troops with essential food, clothing, and medicine, it made little logistical sense to move the suppliers farther away from the battlefront. Yet, Cox argues, Lee's strategic genius throughout the war has been underappreciated not only by his contemporaries but also by WWII historians. Considering that one out of every four U.S. soldiers on the continent was under Lee's command, the man held a lot of power, which, many historians say, he abused. Drawing on Lee's own unpublished memoir as well as dense documentation of the supply situation in the ETO during WWII, Cox paints a vivid picture of the logistical supply chain during WWII and the man who ruled it all.


This is an interesting, informative and readable insight into a key aspect of military affairs…
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