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By Anthony Kemp

The second one global conflict, in contrast to the 1st, fostered the projection of 'characters'. due to the media, a few of the Allied commanders turned family names, referred to as a lot for his or her successes and defeats at the battlefield as for his or her personalities. This booklet offers a quick assessment of the careers of a few of the main amazing figures to accomplish excessive command within the Allied forces, an inventory that comes with normal of the military Omar Bradley, box Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery, normal George Patton and common of the military Dwight D. Eisenhower. those characters are delivered to lifestyles via a number of illustrations, together with images and color plates.

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41 Command and Design And eat the Tenth tmpityingly up . . And then their noise, their frogs and feathers, makes people pause. ^^ These uniformed men were perceived to be, hterally, the possessions of those who controlled the military machine. The uniform's connotation of servility thus expresses visually the ideal of soldiers' total subservience to the will of those in command. This dimension of military dress reveals seemingly contradictory traits—for example, the livery of the red-coated slave has a negative connotation, yet it is also the badge of martial heroism.

Control over the design of military uniforms symbolized authority and power, and was thus a frequent area of conflict. Officers, who were required to report deviations from the regulation dress, often attempted to alter styles themselves. «® Relations between a corps and an inspector-general were affected by this conflict, and disputes over authority in other contexts were often both reinforced and symbolized by the desire to control designs. ®' Some inspectors continually harassed the corps they were sent to review.

While attending the queen on the royal navy ship St. " In an incident just prior to the march-past before George IV (in which each unit marched by the reviewing stand), A. C. Mercer's captain noticed that his subordinate had forgotten his "dog's ears"—false shirt collars that showed two small, upturned points of white above the black neck stock. '^ T h e crown's power of command over the army's appearance was thus significant as a source of gratification for the monarchs, and the fact that their ministers were wiUing to please them in such relatively small matters allowed the sovereigns greater leeway in designing impractical military costumes.

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