US Army Handbook 1939-1945 by George Forty

By George Forty

The construction of the yankee military in the course of WWII, from a tiny, outmoded and ill-equipped strength, into one of many mightiest armies on the planet was once rightly defined through Sir Winston Churchill as being a "prodigy of organization." Its price to the Allied reason was once immeasurable and it had a superb struggling with list around the world. It used to be a marvelously well-equipped military, due to American inventiveness, information, and technical prowess, and through 1945 it lead the area in weaponry, strategic mobility and logistic services. US military instruction manual 1939-1945 is totally illustrated with a different and intriguing collection of modern motion images.

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Here are just a few of their infantry and AFVs congregating in the Piazza della Repubblica, Bologna, after the capture of the city on 21 April 1945. three army groups during the war - the 12th, commanded by Gen Omar N. Bradley, the 6th under Gen Jacob L. Devers and the 15th under Gen Mark W. Clark. The Staff At the top of the headquarters of any corps, army or army group, was the commanding general - normally a major-general commanded a corps, a lieutenant-general an army and a full general an army group, but this did not always follow.

50 US ARMY HANDBOOK 1939-1945 The supplies must go through! A Filipino woman ignores a convoy crossing a pontoon bridge over the Pampagna River en route for Manila, March 1945. 641b of ammunition. In the Pacific the amounts were: 6. 141b ammunition. As in World War I there was a tendency to overequip the GI which led to unnecessarily high transport demands. Various novel ways of ensuring that the supplies got through were used, such as the 'Red Ball Express' system in the ETO (European Theatre of Operations).

Tank Destroyers A major reaction in the USA to the German blitzkrieg was to look for a more effective means of stopping armour. The spectacular success of the German tanks was undoubtedly having a bad morale effect on the US combat troops and there was an urgent need for new and effective weapons to deal with them. The War Department decided that the answer was to use, en masse, fast moving high velocity guns. A few would be sited in static defensive positions, but the majority would be held as a mobile reserve ready to: 'seek, strike and destroy' enemy armoured thrusts.

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