Bradley, Omar Nelson

▪ United States general
born February 12, 1893, Clark, Missouri, U.S.
died April 8, 1981, New York, New York
 U.S. Army officer who commanded the Twelfth Army Group, which helped ensure the Allied victory over Germany during World War II; later he served as first chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (1949–53).

      Bradley graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1915. At the opening of World War II, he was commandant of the U.S. Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia, and he later commanded the 82nd and 28th infantry divisions. After being placed at the head of the II Corps for the North African campaign, under General George S. Patton (Patton, George Smith), he captured Bizerte, Tunisia, in May 1943. This victory contributed directly to the fall of Tunisia and the surrender of more than 250,000 Axis troops. Bradley then led his forces in the Sicilian invasion, which was successfully concluded in August.

      Later in 1943 Bradley was transferred to Great Britain, where he was given command of the U.S. First Army in 1944. Placed under the command of British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery (Montgomery, Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount), he took part in planning the invasion of France. In June 1944 he joined his troops in the assault on the Normandy beaches and in the initial battles inland (see Normandy Invasion). At the beginning of August, he was elevated to command of the U.S. Twelfth Army Group. Under his leadership the First, Third, Ninth, and Fifteenth armies, the largest force ever placed under an American group commander, successfully carried on operations in France, Luxembourg, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, and Czechoslovakia until the end of European hostilities.

 After the German surrender, Bradley returned to the United States to serve as administrator of veterans' affairs (1945–47) and chief of staff of the army (1948–49). He was well liked by both officers and enlisted men, and, after the unification of the armed forces, he was chosen in 1949 to be the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. While at that post he was promoted (1950) to general of the army.

      After retiring from the army in 1953, Bradley was active in private enterprise. In 1951 he published his reminiscences, A Soldier's Story. A General's Life (with Clay Blair) was published in 1983.

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