James Holsinger discussing and signing Patton’s Tactician

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 - 7:00pm
161 Lexington Green Cir
Lexington, KY 40503

James Holsinger discussing and signing Patton’s Tactician

Tuesday, June 4 at 7pm ET 

Location: Joseph-Beth Lexington

Join us for James Holsinger discussing and signing Patton’s Tactician: The War Diary of Lieutenant General Geoffrey Keyes. Optional RSVP is below, but not required to attend the event.

 

Nineteen months after Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor and forced the United States to enter World War II, boats carrying the 7th US Army landed on the shores of southern Sicily. Dubbed Operation Husky, the campaign to establish an Allied foothold in Sicily was led by two of the most noted American tacticians of the twentieth century: George S. Patton Jr. and Geoffrey Keyes.

While Patton is the subject of numerous books and films, Keyes's life and achievements have gone unrecognized, but his anonymity is by no means an accurate reflection of the value of his contributions and dedicated service in World War II and the succeeding cold war.

Patton's Tactician: The War Diary of Lieutenant General Geoffrey Keyes is the first transcribed edition of Keyes's personal diary to be published. Edited by James W. Holsinger Jr., the diary begins in October 1942, prior to the invasion of French Morocco and Keyes's engagement in World War II and the Cold War. Holsinger has integrated a variety of related sources, including correspondence between Keyes, Patton, and Eisenhower. A day-to-day chronicle of Keyes's experiences in the World War II Mediterranean Theater and the early days of the Cold War in occupied Germany and Austria, Patton's Tactician is an invaluable primary source that offers readers a glimpse into the mind of one of America's most important World War II corps commanders.

 

James W. Holsinger Jr. served more than thirty-one years in the United States Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of major general following his assignment as Assistant Director for Logistics for Medical Readiness on the Joint Staff during the Persian Gulf War. He served for twenty-six years in the US Department of Veterans Affairs, culminating in his presidential appointment as Under Secretary for Health. He also served as chancellor of the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

 

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