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Cold War Casualty

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George F. HofmannLecturer in History, University of Cincinati, USA

ISBN13: 9780873384629
ISBN: 0873384628
Published: March 1993
Publisher: Kent State University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £25.95

Research data gathered through the Freedom of Information Act and the use of the Grow files provide the framework for this account of the general court-martial of one of General George S. Patton's famous armoured division commanders of World War II.;The 1952 court-martial of Major General Robert W. Grow, senior US military attache in Moscow during the Korean War era, involved a general officer who had used questionable judgement in securing a personal diary that contained impolitic statements, portions of which had been photocopied by an alleged Soviet agent in Frankfurt, West Germany. This era of Cold War tensions and McCarthyism, Western media sensationalism, and communist propaganda created a cause celebre and influenced the Army Staff in the Pentagon, led by Lieutenant General Maxwell D. Taylor, to exercise controversial command influence under the aegis of the new Uniform Code of Military Justice.;While the State Department and Central Intelligence Agency recommended refuting the implications of the published diary, the Army Staff decided to prosecute the unfortunate attache. Grow, a career soldier, welcomed a formal hearing in order to clear his name. The result became an exercise in Army politics and an example of the corruption of the military justice system through managerial careerism and unlawful command influence.;Through his analysis of the Grow incident, Hofmann traces the actual operation of military judicial process under the Uniform Code and examines the bureaucratic intrigues, influence of the media, Cold War propaganda, and resulting conflict between service and self-interest.

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