The Life and Times of Charles A. Willoughby, MacArthur's Chief Intelligence Officer
288 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 25–30 photographs
- August 2023
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Major General Charles A. Willoughby served as Douglas MacArthur's stalwart chief intelligence officer (G-2} for over a decade, throughout World War II and the Korean War. This first full biography examines Willoughby's shadowy origins in his native Germany, his curious arrival in the United States, and his military service in World War I, as well as his work during the interwar years as a junior diplomat, budding historian, and neophyte intelligence officer. His chance encounter with MacArthur in the mid-1930s would prove to be the genesis of a near-symbiotic relationship between the two, with significant consequences for both.
Throughout his life, Willoughby identified with strong, authoritarian leaders, notably Franco, and—especially—MacArthur. The author also assesses Willoughby's performance as a professional intelligence officer both in World War II and Korea, where he is often vilified for his inaccurate assessments of enemy strength and most likely courses of action, as well as his sycophantic relationship with his commander. Willoughby is most often criticized for his failing to foresee the entry of Chinese forces into the Korean War and its impact upon the US Army and the prosecution of the war. Following MacArthur’s removal by President Truman in 1951, Willoughby retired and spent the rest of his days engaged in right-wing political activity and in staunchly defending his much-maligned boss.
The legacy he left is one filled with lingering and important questions about loyalty to superiors, in civilian as well as military environments, how far that loyalty should extend, and walking the tightrope involved in telling truth to power.
2. Willoughby in the Pacific, 1942–1945
3. Victory and the Occupation of Japan
4. The Korean War: The Curtain Rises
5. The Dragon Sharpens Its Claws
6. A Period of Miscalculations”
7. “Don't Let a Bunch of Chinese Laundrymen Stop You!”
8. "A Mishandling of Intelligence”
9. Postwar Paranoia
10. Watchman of the Republic
11. To the Grave…and Beyond
Appendix 1. Dramatis Personae
Appendix 2. Dates of Rank and Military Awards, Charles A. Willoughby
"...the first-ever biography of General Willoughby’s creative legacy of loyalty to his superiors, questioning how far that loyalty should have extended, while examining how Willoughby walked the tightrope involving telling truth to power." ~ARGunners.com
“Enjoyed it.” ~Historical Miniatures Gaming Society
“Although a fascinating biography in its own right [this book] seems particularly timely and relevant given the new revelations about how the current command structure of the U.S. Military was able (and had to) to resist the unlawful and deadly dangerous attempts of Donald Trump to unconstitutionally use the military as his own personal instrument for insuring the continuation of his power and authority as a President and Commander-in-Chief before and after an insurrection.” ~Midwest Book Review