Huebner, Clarence R.

Major General, led 1st Infantry (“The Big Red One”) from Omaha Beach to Huertgen Forest, led V Corps in Germany 1945

Price: $175.00

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(1888-1972) Highly decorated WW II US Army Lieutenant General. A private in WW I, he was commissioned in Nov. 1916. During WW I, he led a company, battalion, and regiment of the 1st Infantry Division (“The Big Red One") from the 1st US regimental assault at Cantigny through Soissons, Saint-Mihiel, and the Meuse-Argonne, awarded 2 Distinguished Service Crosses, a Distinguished Service Medal, and a Silver Star. Brigadier General 1942, Major General 1943, Lieutenant General 1947. In 1943, General Huebner relieved General Terry Allen, popular commander of the 1st Infantry Division, in a move engineered by General Omar. Bradley. While The Big Red One enjoyed considerable combat success under Allen, Bradley was highly critical of his leadership style, which favored fighting ability over drill and discipline. Upon assuming command, General Huebner immediately ordered a series of close-order drills, parades, and weapons instruction for the 1st ID, including veterans who had just finished a bloody series of engagements with German forces in Sicily. This did not endear him to the enlisted men of the division. Supported by Bradley and Eisenhower, Huebner persisted, and division morale gradually recovered. As the commander of the "Big Red One" in WW II, Huebner led the 1st Division in the assault on Omaha Beach, followed by a successful attack at Saint-Lô. The 1st Division later repelled a German counteroffensive at Mortain, and pursued the German Army across France, culminating in the Battles of Aachen and the Huertgen Forest. In January 1945 Huebner took command of V Corps, which he directed from the Rhine to the Elbe, where his troops made first contact with the Red Army. He was the last Military Governor (acting) of the American Zone in Germany May 15- Sept. 1, 1949. He retired in 1950 and became director of New York State's Civil Defense Commission 1951-61, a strong advocate of the building of fallout shelters. ISP, 10 x 8 US Army Signal Corps b&w glossy seated bust portrait in uniform as Major General, inscribed & signed with sentiment. Undated but ca. 1945.

Condition: Very good
Type:Photograph






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