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Omar Bradley

Data de nascimento: 12. Fevereiro 1893
Data de falecimento: 8. Abril 1981

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Omar Nelson Bradley foi um general norte-americano, proeminente no comando de exércitos no Norte da África e na Europa durante a II Guerra Mundial e o último general de cinco estrelas dos Estados Unidos.

Após servir como comandante de campo no Norte da África, durante os desembarques aliados em Omã e no Marrocos, que levaram à derrota final alemã no continente africano, primeiro como comandado do general George S. Patton e depois sucedendo-o, após a rendição das tropas nazistas na Tunísia e a invasão da Sicília, ele recebeu o comando do 1º Exército dos Estados Unidos quando da invasão da Normandia.

Durante a Operação Overlord, Bradley comandou diretamente três corpos de exército em direção a seus alvos nas praias de Omaha e Utah e dali para o interior da França. A medida que cresciam os efetivos militares norte-americanos no solo europeu, dois exércitos foram formados, um sob o comando de Patton, antigo comandante de Bradley e outro sob o comando do general Hodges, os dois formando um novo grupo de exércitos, o 12º Grupo de Exércitos, sob o comando de Bradley. Em agosto de 1944, este grupo de exércitos chegou ao total de 900.000 homens, se tornando o maior número de soldados em toda guerra comandados por um único comandante de campo.

Ao contrário de alguns dos mais poderosos e famosos generais da II Guerra, Bradley era um homem extremamente polido e cortês. Trazido à atenção do público em geral por reportagens de famosos correspondentes de guerra como Ernie Pyle, ele foi descrito numa reportagem da revista Life com a frase: “uma das coisas mais admiráveis em Bradley é sua gentileza. Ele nunca deu uma ordem a nenhum subordinado, de qualquer patente, sem dizer um 'por favor' antes”.

Vitorioso em seu avanço pela França e Bélgica até o interior da Alemanha, após a conquista por suas tropas da Ponte de Remagen sobre o rio Reno e de conter a última contra-ofensiva alemã nas Ardenas, Bradley foi promovido a general de quatro estrelas ao fim da guerra. Em 8 de maio de 1945, data da rendição geral alemã, seus exércitos contavam com o total de 1.300.000 homens.

Nos anos posteriores à Segunda Guerra Mundial, ele comandou a Associação de Veteranos por dois anos, ajudando a melhorar seu sistema de saúde e ajudando ex-combatentes a receber seus benefícios educacionais. Em 22 de setembro de 1950, foi promovido a general de cinco estrelas, o quinto e último homem no século XX a receber esta patente honorífica nas Forças Armadas dos Estados Unidos, ano em que também foi nomeado como primeiro presidente do comitê militar da OTAN. Em 1953, aposentou-se do exército e trabalhou na iniciativa privada em cargos de direção até 1973.

Passou os últimos anos de sua vida em Fort Bliss, um complexo do exército no Texas, onde habitava uma residência especial nos jardins do Centro Médico, falecendo em 1981, após fazer sua última aparição pública na posse do Presidente Ronald Reagan. Foi enterrado com honras nacionais no Cemitério Nacional de Arlington, em Washington D.C.

Citações Omar Bradley

„Character is a sort of an all-inclusive thing. If a man has character, everyone has confidence in him. Soldiers must have confidence in their leader.“

— Omar Bradley
Context: Dependability, integrity, the characteristic of never knowingly doing anything wrong, that you would never cheat anyone, that you would give everybody a fair deal. Character is a sort of an all-inclusive thing. If a man has character, everyone has confidence in him. Soldiers must have confidence in their leader. On military character, in 19 Stars : A Study in Military Character and Leadership (1981) by Edgar F. Puryear Jr.

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„During the last six years the United States Army has not only matured greatly, but its officers have grown vastly more aware of their world-wide responsibilities as military men. Allied command has become the accepted pattern of military operation, and many of the insular differences that once caused us to question the motives of our allies have now been completely resolved.“

— Omar Bradley
Context: During the last six years the United States Army has not only matured greatly, but its officers have grown vastly more aware of their world-wide responsibilities as military men. Allied command has become the accepted pattern of military operation, and many of the insular differences that once caused us to question the motives of our allies have now been completely resolved. If we will only remember that from time to time some difficulties do exist, we shall be better prepared to settle them without exaggerating their dangers. p. x-xi.

„I prefer to remember Patton as a man, as a man with all the frailties and faults of a human being, as a man whose greatness is therefore all the more of a triumph.“

— Omar Bradley
Context: I have attempted to write of my long association with George Patton as fairly and as honestly as I could. General Patton was one of my staunchest friends and the most unhesitatingly loyal of my commanders. He was a magnificent soldier, one whom the American people can admire not only as a great commander but as a unique and remarkable man. In recollecting our experiences together, I may offend those who prefer to remember Patton not as a human being but as a heroic-size statue in a public park. I prefer to remember Patton as a man, as a man with all the frailties and faults of a human being, as a man whose greatness is therefore all the more of a triumph. p. xii.

„His vigor was always infectious, his wit barbed, his conversation a mixture of obscenity and good humor. He was at once stimulating and overbearing. George was a magnificent soldier.“

— Omar Bradley
Context: Precisely at 7 Patton boomed in to breakfast. His vigor was always infectious, his wit barbed, his conversation a mixture of obscenity and good humor. He was at once stimulating and overbearing. George was a magnificent soldier. p. 5.

„I walked to the window and ripped open the blackout blinds. Outside the sun was climbing into the sky. The war in Europe had ended.“

— Omar Bradley
Context: A canvas map lay under my helmet with its four silver stars. Only five years before on May 7, as a lieutenant colonel in civilian clothes, I had ridden a bus down Connecticut Avenue to my desk in the old Munitions building. I opened the mapboard and smoothed out the tabs of the 43 divisions now under my command. They stretched across a 640-mile front of the 12th Army Group. With a china-marking pencil, I wrote in the new date: D plus 335. I walked to the window and ripped open the blackout blinds. Outside the sun was climbing into the sky. The war in Europe had ended. Closing words, p. 554.

„We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.“

— Omar Bradley
Context: We have men of science, too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner. Armistice Day speech (11 November 1948), published in Omar Bradley's Collected Writings, Volume 1 (1967).

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„It is time that we steered by the stars, not by the lights of each passing ship.“

— Omar Bradley
Statement (31 May 1948), quoted in An Inconvenient Truth : The Planetary Emergency Of Global Warming And What We Can Do About It (2006) by Al Gore

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