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On War and Leadership by Owen Connelly

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Matthew Bunker Ridgway

(1895–1993)

GENERAL MATTHEW RIDGWAY’s writings deserve to be quoted here, although for most of his military career, he showed little sign of originality or greatness. He was a solid regular officer—seldom if ever questioning his orders, taking on any assignment, maintaining a positive attitude, and avoiding politics. He did not volunteer for, but was assigned to the airborne. Nevertheless, he made history at the head of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II, and later the XVIII Airborne Corps. In Korea, he took over Eighth Army at a time when General Douglas MacArthur gave it little chance of success, and led it to victory—insofar as his political superiors would allow. He knew something of leadership.

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