With General Allen,
his men came first. He was loved by his men because they knew that he would stand by them. The enlisted
men believed in him and he was quickly promoted up through the ranks to brigadier general. In early
1942, he was promoted to major general and given command of the 1st Infantry Division. When he got his division, he found
that his men were mainly from the New York area and he realized they were smaller than the soldiers he was used to.
But soon he learned that they were tough and good. In Great Britain he drilled them tirelessly doing long marches with
full field equipment, getting them ready for invasions. Rather than losing men on the beaches, on the day
of landing in North Africa, he made a sound decision to send 2 units around the town of Oran and attack from the perimeter.
He was a flexible and clever commander.