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Commanding Professionalism

Simpson, Moore, and the Ninth US Army

When one thinks of influential World War II military figures, five-star generals such as Dwight D. Eisenhower and Omar Bradley instantly come to mind. As important as these central figures were to the Second World War, the conflict produced equally effective lower-profile leaders whose influence had an undeniable impact.

Among these leaders are William Simpson, commander of the US Ninth Army, and James Moore, his chief of staff. Working in tandem, the pair helmed a unit that gained recognition as "uncommonly normal," an affectionate designation driven by their steadfast professionalism in all endeavors. It was their unobtrusive leadership style that relegated these career military men to the footnotes of military history.

Commanding Professionalism: Simpson, Moore, and the Ninth US Army corrects this historical oversight by examining the achievements of these overlooked heroes. Focusing on Simpson and Moore's careers from 1940 through the end of World War II, author William Stuart Nance recounts the pair's working relationship. Together, they successfully maneuvered through the squabbling of the American and British forces and developed an army admired for its consistency of conduct and military prowess, capable of resisting the complex external and political machinations of the time.

Simpson and Moore's unflinching devotion to the greater good and their steady handle on the dynamics of command/staff relationships proved essential to the war effort and its ultimate success. Their example, Nance argues, remains aspirational and worthy of emulation in the military command structure of today.

About the Author

William Stuart Nance is a retired armor officer. He taught history at the United States Military Academy and the United States Command and General Staff College. He is the author of Sabers through the Reich: World War II Corps Cavalry from Normandy to the Elbe.

Reviews

"Flamboyant commanders have distorted popular perceptions of military history, where success often depends more upon solid leaders who have developed their abilities to orchestrate the complexities of war. Commanding Professionalism has given us a superb study of the commander and chief of staff of the U.S, Ninth Army during World War II—William Simpson and James Moore. Author William Nance traces how these underrated men capitalized on their previous experiences and education to make them supremely effective without the personality friction of more famous generals.  This is a fascinating example of the reality of American military success."—Dr. Jonathan M. House, Professor of History Emeritus at Command and General Staff College, author of Towards Combined Arms Battle, and coauthor When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler

"Generals William Simpson and James Moore led the Ninth US Army in the Allied campaigns to defeat Nazi Germany. These remarkable leaders were the "command Team" that ensured that the Ninth Army functioned smoothly, and without the prima donna antics evident in other Allied formations. They set a different tone for their organization that enabled the units assigned to function smoothly without the drama created by men such as Patton, Kean, and Hodges."—James Scott Wheeler, Col. (ret) US Army, author of Jacob L. Devers: A General's Life

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