John Nelson Rickard works in the Professional Military Education section of the Canadian Army Command and Staff College in Kingston, Ontario. He is the author of Advance and Destroy: Patton as Commander in the Bulge, winner of the US Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award (Operational/Battle History) in 2011.
Allen's diary, with its blunt, scathing language and often
outrageous criticism, has permanent importance as a window into how
the Third US Army functioned on a daily basis during the campaigns
of Northwest Europe in 1944-45."" - Carlo D'Este, author of
Patton: A Genius for War
""An important addition to the history of World War II. Rickard has done superb work in the editing and further secures his reputation as a first class historian whose work is informed by his own experience as a soldier."" - Colonel Gregory Fontenot, USA (Ret.), former commander Battle Command Training Program and Director, School of Advanced Military Studies, United States Army Command and General Staff College