A command post at war : First Army headquarters in Europe, by David W. Hogan Jr, Center of Military History United States

By David W. Hogan Jr, Center of Military History United States Army

A Command publish at battle is a distinct tale approximately an American box military headquarters and its association and function in global struggle II, a point of view that has bought little consciousness by way of historians before. David W. Hogan Jr. examines the 1st military headquarters's reaction to the attempt of army-level command through the interval from its activation in October 1943 to V-E Day in could 1945. concentrating on the operational point, the extent among the grand technique of international locations and theaters and the tactical wrestle of corps and smaller devices, Hogan analyzes the operations, intelligence, logistical, and administrative capabilities of the headquarters; the systems developed to hold out these features; and the effect of the personalities and varieties of the commander and employees chiefs at the association. Hogan's quantity indicates the military headquarters of worldwide warfare II as a sophisticated association with services starting from fast supervision of tactical operations to long-range operational making plans and the sustained help of frontline devices. it's a important case learn for army execs in any respect degrees.

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P. 176; MS , Rcmnrks of Nelson M. ). S. Army Operations. p. 10, G. Patrick Murray Papers, DWH . I. Cir. S . S. s. Army, Adjutnnt Gene ral's OtTice, to Wa r Department General StafT, Strength of the Army, 30 June 1944, CM H Library. I ~ Ci r, I-lQ. S. Army. 10 Jun 44. 1(1111/(11), 1944 (Washington. : Government Printing OfTiee. S. Army, Command and Genera l StafT School. IIll(//ldollf~·. Siaff, Focllfty. ali(I GmtlllMes. S. Army. COllHlland and Gcneral StafTSchool, Gmt/uales oflhe Geneml SI(ljJtllld Sen'ice Swff C/(lsses.

36 A lthoug h positions remained o pen and some com mand issues awaited resolution , the First Army staff had in place its basic orga nizatio n and leading personnel by ea rl y January 1944. Its structure and procedures refl ected ex isting doctrine modified in light of experie nce in the Mediterranean and the prospect of another major a mphibi ous landing. Two other fac tors wou ld innucnce the work of the headquarters. While most of the stafTconsistcd of reservists, Regular infa ntry officers educa tcd at Leavenworth occupied thc key slots.

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