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 different tale approximately an American box military headquarters and its association and function in global warfare II, a standpoint that has acquired little recognition by way of historians earlier. David W. Hogan Jr. examines the 1st military headquarters's reaction to the attempt of army-level command throughout the interval from its activation in October 1943 to V-E Day in may possibly 1945. targeting the operational point, the extent among the grand technique of countries and theaters and the tactical wrestle of corps and smaller devices, Hogan analyzes the operations, intelligence, logistical, and administrative capabilities of the headquarters; the tactics developed to hold out these capabilities; and the influence of the personalities and forms of the commander and employees chiefs at the association. Hogan's quantity exhibits the military headquarters of global conflict II as a classy association with features starting from quick supervision of tactical operations to long-range operational making plans and the sustained aid of frontline devices. it's a important case examine for army execs in any respect degrees.

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1939, p. 33. :J FM 101 - 5, S/(tjJOffi"('l's FieM '\/mlll"l, 1928, p. 3. n neld Sen ';ce Regulmiolls. 1923, p. 5. ~ Ibid .. pp. 4 5; FM 101 - 5. S/(IffOfficel's Fielt/ MtIII/ml, 1928. pp. 3. ge VlliiS. raliolls. 1939. pp. 33- 35; Cockre ll. "Bro\\'n Shoes lind Mortar B o~rds:' pp. 18 1- 82. 194 99: Ball. l"ible CO/l//I/(II/d. pp. 17 1- 72, 179, 2 12- 13. ) 0 Cockrell. " Bro\\'n Shoes and Mortar BO

Benjamin A. " Monk " Di ckson; the G-4, Col. Robe rt W. Wilson; the artillery officer, Col. Charlcs E. " Eddi e the Cannon" I-Ian; and the corps q uartermaster, Co l. And rew T. 24 A COIIIII/and Pasl al War McNamara. " Bradl ey likewise made changes when he succeeded Patt on , now a lieutenant general , in mid-April 1943 upon Ihe Ialler's return to the J Ar- mored Corps to begin planning for the inva sion of Sicily. T he new commander brought in Col. Will iam 8. Kenn as his ch ief of staff, reduced the size of his forward eche lon, opened hi s comma nd meetings to more statT officers, and demanded the kind of careful , m ethod ica l staff work for wh ic h the II Cor ps s taff would latcr be known.

D. : Gove rnment ') ri nting OlTice, 1940). JlJl . 1- 5. 16- 17. 3 1- 32 . S. Army. ETO, Gcnc rnJ J3 oard, Study or AdllliniSlralivc Fune1ions of Ihe Army Group I-Icadqu:lncrs. SHldy 29. pp. 1- 7. CM H Lib rary: Wnr Dcp'I I'[I11CIlI FM 100- 10, I'Idd Se/'vic(' HeglilMiolls: Ildmillislralil)11 (Washington. : Govern me nt rrintin g Office, 1940), pp , 47- 56, 59- 61; War Department FM 100- 10. : War Department, 1943). pp. 59- 7 1. 'I War Depa rtm ent FM 100- 20. COlllmand wltl Empfo)'illcill of Air Power (Washi ngton, D,C,: Go\'crmu ellt Print illg Office.

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