Tuesday, November 3, 2020

General George Marshall || David Lifschultz

Here wer have a fresh look at the personalities and events of WWII.  The release of Enigma through Fellgiebel  is new to me.  But only to the extent of hanging a name on the activity.

THe main take home is that the allies were listening in to German wire signals until it was much too late.

Could Patten have rolled up the German flank?  Perhaps.  Sooner or later you outrun your supplies as happened to the Germans in France in 1940.  Then you will confront a concentrated retreating German force with a rear guard blocking your relief.  There will be a fight and it should not go well as the Germans were still mastetrs of this type of fight.

So regardless, one place or the other tens of thousands will die.  As it was, a consolidating Allied Army washed up to the Rhine for the real fight.

General George Marshall || David Lifschultz


GENERAL GEORGE MARSHALL General Marshall was going nowhere...

Operation Disclosure |

 By David Lifschultz, Contributing Writer

October 29, 2020


General Marshall was going nowhere in the army and General Pershing liked Marshall so he asked General MacArthur to review him for promotion. MacArthur promoted Marshall to command post and he was proven to be totally incompetent. He also had no battlefield experience. MacArthur told Pershing he was a hopeless case. 

Stalin's agent in the White House Harry Hopkins picked Marshall for his high post as incompetent generals are easier to control unlike a MacArthur or Patton. 

Marshall picked the incompetent Eisenhower who was very good at ordering the assassinations of Admiral Darlan, General Patton and others. MacArthur described Eisenhower as the best clerk that he ever had. 

The success of the Normandy landing was due to the treason of General Erich Fellgiebel who gave the Enigma codes to the British. At the outset of Operation Market Garden Filed Marshall Gerd von Rundstedt asked who was behind this plan, and he was told Montgomery. Rundstedt said good as he is the only one more stupid than Eisenhower. 

The operation was a failure. Eisenhower could not understand modern tank warfare and was always holding Patten back. Patten had broken through the German lines that might have ended the war as he was routing the Germans behind the German lines with no concentration of forces before him to Berlin but Eisenhower held him back giving Hitler time to bring in Field Marshall Walter Model to gather forces together to build up the defensive lines costing the allies tens of thousands of troops. 

Patton never forgave Eisenhower. The codes were the most important factor in the allies beating Germany. There would have been no Cannae had the Romans had the plans of Hannibal.

The breaking of Enigma has been of priceless value to me. It has simplified my task as a commander enormously. It has saved thousands of British and American lives and, in no small way, contributed to the speed with which the enemy was routed and eventually forced to surrender. Eisenhower

Here is a brief description of the effect of these codes:

China has warned the United States that it will intervene to protect North Korea just as it did in late 1950 when MacArthur approached the Yalu River if the United States unilaterally first strikes North Korea for any reason. It is possible Russia may be drawn into this war as they did in the Korean War. Russia was essentially a co-belligerent with China against the United States during the Korean War providing extensive air power with their World War Two aces over North Korea and massive supplies. This time it may be more

The comments of Joseph Stalin on the Korean War to Zhou Enlai on August 20, 1952 which still apply today:

"The Americans are not able to carry on a big war. All their strength is in air raids and the atomic bomb. The Americans are merchants. It took the Germans twenty days to conquer France; the USA hasn't been able to deal with little Korea for two years. What kind of force is that? You cannot win a war with the atomic bomb........"

The Russians lent their crack airforce from World War Two to the North Koreans though they were not allowed to follow the American planes over South Korean territory or the sea to retain anonymity. It was called the 64th Corps based in northern China which included fifteen Soviet air divisions and several anti-aircraft divisions. The identification marks MiG-15b planes were in Chinese and the pilots wore Chinese or Korean uniforms. The corps commander, Colonel E. G. Pepelyaev, shot down nineteen US aircraft, and other Soviet pilots achieved similar success. From the end of 1950 until the cessation of hostilities in July 1953, the 64th short down 1,309 US aircraft, of which 18 percent were downed by the Corps' anti-aircraft batteries. Over the same period the Corps lost 319 planes.

This was later demonstrated in the lost wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Stalin's comments are not surprising if the reader has an understanding of how poorly the US performed in World War Two, and the analysis of the work of William Casey entitled "The Secret War Against Hitler" follows.

This William Casey work is quite interesting though you can reduce most of it to one sentence. The German traitor General Fellgiebel gave the "Enigma" secrets to the British which cost the Germans the war losing ten thousand men per day at the height of the war as they were able to listen in on every wireless message of the German High Command during the war and was the chief source of the Allied victory. Colonel General Jodl said at Nuremberg that the allies had the plans before he did.

Alfred Josef Ferdinand Jodl was a German Generaloberst who served as the Chief of the Operations Staff of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, the German Armed Forces High Command, throughout World War II.

Casey does not identify Fellgiebel as the source but a decrypter at Bletchley Park so as to avoid the fact that Germany was again stabbed in the back as in World War One. Since the eastern front was beyond the intercept capacity of the British, Fellgiebel wired the high command decisions to the Red Three-Lucy in Geneva who relayed it to Stalin within 24 hours so he had the plans on the coming battles of Stalingrad and Kursk, etc. way in advance.

Hitler only achieved surprise at the Battle of the Bulge because he did not allow wireless transmission and Casey acknowledged the truth of that. Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg planted the bomb next to Hitler at headquarters helped by Fellgiebel though Stauffenberg did not know about Fellgiebel's treason that cost Germany the Stalingrad battle that Stauffenberg blamed Hitler over. This is the same Staufenberg who danced at Hitler becoming Chancellor as he thought as a devout Catholic that this would end the mass sodomy and abortion murder in Germany through this national revolution. Yes, Hitler should have brought back von Kleist's panzer armies that were close by to Stalingrad for a massive counterattack on one side with von Manstein on the other which would have created a victory but he had no way of knowing then of Fellgiebel's treason. Field Marshall Fritz Erich von Manstein's rescue plans were routed to Stalin via the Red Three-Lucy and therefore had no chance. Stalin lost his source when Fellgiebel was implicated in the assassination plot when he interrupted communications with Berlin during the assassination attempt and was hanged.

The rest of the rather traditional espionage craft that Casey conducted later as CIA director would not have had a material impact on the war. The Germans even would have overcome the invasion if it were not for the espionage despite the successful diversions which Casey gives a lot of details on. (1,500 men on the east coast of England held down 22 German divisions making believe that they were the main force for the invasion of France representing 50 phantom divisions to strike at Pas de Calais by using wireless deception equipment, tending dummy boats, planes and tanks and lighting fires to animate phantom embarcation camps for Germans to see at night.)

Here is an example of the Enigma decoding: these are the exchanges between Hitler and Field Marshall Gunther von Kluge which were read by the British giving the exact details on Hitler's plan to cut Patton off from his communications (supplies) at Avranches and thereby enabled the allied armies to cut off the retreat through the Falaise Gap. This is worth quoting as it is the most important use in the war of Fellgiebel's treason:

"As Patton's XX Corps raced toward Loire and his XVth Corps dashed toward Le Mans. Field Marshall von Kluge and Hitler conducted a strategic debate decoded at Bletchley (where the intercepts were decoded) revealed day to day to Churchill and Eisenhower, Montgomery and Bradley. Hitler ordered von Kluge to pay no attention to Patton's breakthrough but to collect four Panzer divisions from Caen and to retake Avranches in order to divide the Americans at the base of the Cherberg Peninsula and roll them back into the sea." This was a very brilliant plan and would have worked. Patton would have been defeated and routed as he would have been cut off from his supplies. Patton was ordered to stop, send his forces back to protect his lines of communications (supplies). Hodge's first army was sent toward Mortain to protect Avranches, and Montgomery to move south to cut off the Falaise Gap. Even the military genius Napoleon Bonaparte could not have won his heroic battles against such spying, and Napoleon said that it is a truth in history that espionage has outweighed in many major battles the greatest valour and boldness and genius. Such words of Napoleon were prophetic as he was defeated at Waterloo by the bribed Field Marshal Emaneul de Grouchey which transaction was handled by (later Baron) James de Rothschild. The Germans argue that Field Marshall Gephardt von Blucher won the the Battle of Waterloo, and the British say it was Wellington, but the reality was that it was the Rothschilds who were the only victors at Waterloo making so much money on the London stock markets using the Landgrave of Hess's riches that they attained complete control of England, Europe and later the US from that time on.

October 27, 2020

General of the Army: George C. Marshall, Soldier and Statesman

by Ed Cray

George Marshall was a gentleman. He was strong. He could tell a man that the man had failed and must resign. He could do that because he understood that his duty was to make the Army strong during World War II and that, given this duty, he had no right to weaken the United States by putting the needs of anyone over those of the country. He was certainly courteous and adopted the good manners of his time, but that didn’t make him a gentleman. Knowing his duty and subordinating everything, even kindness, to that duty was essential. “General of the Army” by Ed Cray reveals no obvious examples of cruelty, and some of generosity, but none which would pose a challenge to Marshall's duty.

When WWII broke out, the U.S. Army was pitifully small and unprepared. Since Marshall was chief of staff of the Army, it was his responsibility to build and ready a military that could fight both Germany and Japan and collaborate with a Navy that would protect the waters over which his soldiers had to go.

It is said that he carried a little black book in which he recorded all the virtues and vices of the officers who were to rise to senior command, once Congress chose to expand the Army. In that book was a colonel based in San Antonio, Texas, who was wondering whether he had any future in the Army. In the wake of Pearl Harbor, Marshall ordered that colonel to come to Washington and prepare plans for defending the Philippines. Within a year, he was a three-star general commanding and preparing the U.S. invasion of North Africa and then a four-star general commanding Operation Overlord.

That man, of course, was Dwight D. Eisenhower. How Marshall recognized Eisenhower’s virtues without knowing him well is not clear. But if you have lived long enough, you can speak to someone for a short time and learn the signs of excellence, mediocrity and pretense. Marshall saw in Eisenhower a gentleman, a kindred spirit who knew his duty, whatever it was, and had the courage to perform this duty. Sometimes that can be glimpsed. Eisenhower showed his prudence by keeping the U.S.-British alliance together, and he showed his courage when he ordered Overlord to proceed in the face of bad weather. He wrote a letter to be broadcast if Overlord failed, taking full responsibility for the failure. He did not take full responsibility for its success but ascribed that to the men who carried out the attack.

I suspect that Marshall was able to glimpse into Eisenhower’s soul and see a man whom he could admire. Few men could see so deeply, and few could regret what they had to do yet do it without reservation. Marshall could.

George Friedman, chairman

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