Terry Allen was born in
Fort Douglas, Utah, on April 1st, 1888. His Mother came from a military family, and
his father was an army officer; naturally, Allen was raised to be a soldier. In his early life, Allen lamentably flunked out
of the United States Military Academy. Allen was more talented with skills regarding military, and less in the intellectual
field. He later served as a cavalry officer because he was so substantially trained in riding horses; there he operated under
General John J. Pershing.
Subsequently, when World War II commenced, Allen became a general. His
division, the Timberwolves, audaciously battled its way through France and Belgium. Towards the end of the war, they fought
in Berlin. Allen retired from the army in 1948, and died in 1969, where he was buried next to his son. He died with the appreciated
reputation of never having lost a battle.
Article Summary and Analysis
Terry Allen was featured in Time Magazine in 1943.
The article gives researchers great insight into Terry Allen’s life and his accomplishments. The article starts out
with a letter that was written by Allen right before the invasion of Sicily:
"The Division has
been fighting hard and has done well, I am happy to say. They fought through the gloomy, defensive days in the Ousseltia Valley,
led the American counterattack in the Kasserine Pass,started the American offensive with the seizure of Gafsa, fought through
21 days at the grueling battle of El Guettar, and closed in for the'kill'at the final drive on Tunis.Particularly in their
last drive, they managed to knock the hell out of the best units the Germans put against them.But enough of bragging about
our fine division.
My best regards to you,
P.S. We are busy as hell
(Source: Lopez, Nicholas. Allen
and His Men, Time Magazine)
This letter is addressed to a friend from the army
back home. The article mentions how benevolent Allen was towards his men; he always put them first. This quality was highly
valued in Allen’s profile as a general. He had several other great skills as a general; he was born and raised to be
in the army. The article discusses his skills on horseback and it describes his military achievements that got him ahead in
The article says that Allen was fairly charismatic despite his stutter
and lack of intelligence in school. (The article also mentions that a bullet later alleviated his stutter during the battle
at St. Mihiel and Aincreville). The article states that Allen’s peers made fun of him for his lack of aptitude, and
he was held back for a couple years. Again, Allen was rather charming and was a great military leader. He moved from Lieutenant,
to Captain, to General, over the course of a few decades.
In 1942, Allen took over a division that was made
up of men from the East Cost. They were a successful, strong, and ambitious group. They sang a song called The Infantry, which is also featured in the article:
“The infantry, the infantry,
With the dirt behind their ears,
They can whip their weight in wildcats
And drink their weight in beers,
The cavalry, artillery
And the goddamn engineers,
They'll never catch the Infantry
in a hundred thousand years" (Source: Lopez, Nicholas. Allen and His Men, Time
Time Magazine reports
that The First Division was later successful in Sicily. The interviewer of Allen describes him as “gentle, shy quiet,
and modest”. The article concludes with a report on Terry’s last battle in Tunis, where his army was also victorious.
Allen had not lost a single battle and died with this successful status.
1. Terry de le Mesa, Sr. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=273695
2. (Source: Lopez, Nicholas. Allen and His Men, Time Magazine) http://www.104infdiv.org/timemag.htm