Omar Nelson Bradley (Clark (Missouri), 12 February 1893 – New York City, april 8, 1981) was an American General during the Second World War in North Africa and Europe. He designed, among other things, the plan for Operation Cobra.
Omar Bradley was commander of the infantry school in Fort Benning when World War II broke out. He commanded the American 82nd and 83rd Division. In 1943 he received the Supreme command of the U.s. II Corps. His troops conquered North Africa In the Tunisian city Bizerte, whereby the German and Italian troops were forced to capitulate in Tunisia . Bradley also played an important role in the successful Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943.
In the autumn of 1943 Bradley was appointed commander-in-Chief of the 1st u.s. Army Corps. Bradley was involved in the preparations and the landings in Normandy which became known under the codename Overlord. After the successful landing in Normandy, Bradley was given command of the American 12th army group. Under his leadership were Belgium, France, Luxembourg and conquered a large part of the Dutch province of Limburg. It was the army unit of Bradley, who in 1945 at the Elbe made first contact with the army advancing from the East of the Russians. The Soviet Union Omar Bradley decorated with the high order of Kutuzov of the I class.
After the second world war, Bradley responsible for military service, in charge of the pension payments to veterans. He modernized this organization thoroughly. Bradley followed Eisenhower In February 1948 as Chief of staff. In this capacity he was involved in the design of the NATO. In 1950, he was promoted to five-star General. Bradley went retired In 1953.