Bradley, Omar Nelson

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Bradley, Omar Nelson,

1893–1981, U.S. general, b. Clark, Mo. A graduate of West Point, he served in World War I and filled various army administrative and academic posts before assuming (1943) command of the 2d Corps in World War II. Superb at planning and organizing his forces, Bradley was active (1943) in the N African and Sicilian campaigns and led (1944) the U.S. 1st Army in the invasion of Normandy. Later he commanded the U.S. 12th Army Group in the battle for Germany. Bradley acted (1945–47) as administrator of veterans' affairs, was appointed (1948) chief of staff of the U.S. army, and served (1949–53) as first permanent chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. Promoted to general of the army in 1950, he retired in 1953 to become a business executive.


See his Soldier's Story (1951) and Collected Writings (4 vol., 1967); J. W. Jordan, Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, and the Partnership That Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe (2011).

Bradley, Omar Nelson


Born Feb. 12, 1893, in Clark, Missouri. American General of the Army (1950).

Bradley graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point in 1915 and taught tactics in military schools. During World War II, in 1943, he was field aide to the supreme commander of the allied forces in North Africa; in the Tunisian and Sicilian campaigns he commanded the II Corps. In 1944 he commanded the American First Army in the Normandy Campaign. From August 1944 he commanded the 12th Army Group in Europe. During 1947-49 he was chief of staff of the US Army, and from 1949 to 1953 he was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and of the Military Committee of NATO. He has been in retirement since August 1953. Bradley is the chairman and member of the board of directors of various industrial corporations.


Zapiski soldata. Moscow, 1957. (Translated from English.)