Harbord, James Guthrie
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Harbord, James Guthrie

(1866, Bloomington – August 20, 1947, Rye NY), United States general. Before the war, Harbord had served in the same regiment as General Pershing. This was the truly deciding factor in his appointment to chief of staff of the American Expeditionary Forces on May 15, 1917. Pershing needed a man whom he could trust, and loyalty was Harbord’s outstanding character trait. Thus, he functioned more as an echo of Pershing’s ideas regarding mobile warfare, than their analyst. At the …

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Showalter, Dennis E., “Harbord, James Guthrie”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 22 August 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0268>
First published online: 2015



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