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By Brian North

On the eve of worldwide conflict II, the U.S. military used to be a small cadre strength with out deployable wrestle divisions. due to years of coaching and making plans in the course of the interwar years, the military accomplished the transformation right into a large association with a number of military teams unfold internationally in lower than 4 years. This new military displayed amazing battlefield flexibility. Doctrine and coaching guided senior leaders within the eu Theater of Operations to make sure overwhelming strive against strength on the element of assault. They continually shifted their divisions, a constrained asset at the continent for almost all of 1944, among corps headquarters instantly sooner than significant battles. Many divisions replaced corps assignments 4 occasions in a three-month interval and corps moved among armies usually without obvious hassle. altering activity association within the face of the enemy is a fancy project, affecting command relationships, logistics, and each different employees function....

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Working in conjunction, this system of schools from induction to senior level indoctrinated the best and brightest officers with the concepts of combined arms warfare, staff functions, and command responsibilities. Just as important as attending schools, officers also sought time as instructors in one of the Army’s schools. {47} Service as an instructor was considered career enhancing. {49}Service as an instructor was a mark of the officers’ demonstrated performance and an opportunity for him to enhance his knowledge, and the selection process was competitive.

Commanders at the army group, army, and corps levels moved units around frequently, particularly in preparation for an operation. Many divisions changed corps assignments four times in the three-month period. {11} Senior leaders must have believed the benefits of making these changes outweighed the inherent risks. Remarkably, neither participants nor historians have emphasized, studied, or analyzed how they achieved this flexibility in task organization. Many historians have studied the transformation from a peacetime army into a dominant mechanized combat force.

The graduated structure provided multiple opportunities to evaluate students and select the most qualified for the next level. Branch schools generated the technical and tactical skills required to transform citizens into officers. Fort Leavenworth provided high quality staff officers who could solve combined arms problems with a standard method. The Army War College identified the absolute brightest officers and prepared them for service as large unit commanders and national leaders. During mobilization, the faculties supported the expansion by helping build new unit systems.

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