Monday, May 25, 2009

GI Joe General Omar Nelson Bradley

Unlike some of the more colorful generals of World War II, General Omar Bradley was a polite and courteous man. Bradley has a reputation today as a general who was very patient with the officers under his command, compared to his most famous colleague, George S Patton (see previous post), but the truth is far more complicated. Bradley sacked more than a dozen generals during the Second World War with little provocation, whereas Patton actually fired only one general during the entire war, Orlando Ward, and only after repeated warnings.

This is the GI Joe 1/6 scale 12-inch Historical Commanders Edition, third in a series and features 3-star General Omar N Bradley, Commander of the US First Army.

In the approach to D-Day, Bradley was chosen to command the substantial US First Army, which alongside the British Second Army made up General Montgomery's 21st Army Group. Bradley undertook detail planning for Omaha Beach at his headquarters at Clifton College, Bristol, England and was on board the USS Augusta during the bombardment on D-Day.

GI Joe 1/6 scale 12-inch General Omar Bradley came with Combat Helmet with 3 Stars, Garrison Cap with 3 Stars, Dog Tags, Uniform Shirt, Tie, Pistol with Holster on Belt, Combat Jacket, Pile-Lined Parka Overcoat, Pants, Combat Boots, Binoculars, Base, US Flag, US Army Flag and 1/1 scale First Army Patch. 

US First Army Patch

General Bradley wearing his Pile-Lined Parka Overcoat over his Combat Jacket

General Omar with his glasses on

General Omar Bradley with his Combat Jacket

Sans glasses

Sans cap

Sans Jacket

M1911A1 .45 automatic pistol in holster

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