Letter - Hartle to Maj. Gen Bradley, 1943
APO 305, U. S. Army
10 May 1943
Maj. Gen. Omar N. Bradley
Headquarters Second U. S Corps
APO 302, United States Army
My dear Bradley:
After a rather uneventful trip, Gee and I arrived home the latter part of last week. We shall be eternally grateful to you for your contributions to our comfort while there. We learned a lot and I am endeavoring at this time through conferences with various subordinates to indoctrinate them with front-line lessons.
It was a great relief to learn, before departure, of the fall of Hill 609 and upon arrival here to learn of your tremendous additional successes. Had I known that the fall of Bizerta would take place immediately after the break-through to Matuer, I would have been heavily tempted to remain on despite my need here. It was a glorious consummation of a grand effort and I hasten to congratulate you for having brought the campaign in Northern Africa to a satisfactory conclusion.
The loss of Andy, together with Barth and other well-loved members of Andy’s personal staff, has upset the equilibrium of ETO to a considerable extent. It is most regrettable since Andy, in addition to being a swell guy, had everything necessary to make the campaign in this Theater a great success.
Gee joins me in my thanks and kindest regards to you and our myriad of mutual friends.
R. P. HARTLE
Major General, U. S. Army
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During the final battles of April and May 1943 he [Bradley] achieved his goal. The II Corps attacked northward toward Bizerte, avoiding obvious routes of approach and using infantry to attack German defenders on the high ground before bringing up the armor. The 34th Infantry Division, maligned by the British as a unit with poor fighting qualities, fought the crucial battle and dislodged the Germans from strong defensive positions astride Hill 609, the highest terrain in the corps sector. With tanks in the assault role, the 34th Division infantry cleared the obstacle, allowing Bradley to send the 1st Armored Division through to victory. American troops entered Bizerte on 7 May, and two days later more than 40,000 German troops surrendered to II Corps.
From: Omar Nelson Bradley, The U.S. Army Center of Military History.
Since there are many more references to Lieutenant General Frank Andrews in the Hartle correspondence, it is possible that the "Andy" referred to here refers to Lieutenant General Frank Andrews
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