By David W. Hogan Jr, Center of Military History United States Army
A Command submit at conflict is a special tale approximately an American box military headquarters and its association and function in global conflict II, a viewpoint that has got little recognition via historians earlier. David W. Hogan Jr. examines the 1st military headquarters's reaction to the attempt of army-level command in the course of the interval from its activation in October 1943 to V-E Day in may well 1945. targeting the operational point, the extent among the grand technique of countries and theaters and the tactical strive against of corps and smaller devices, Hogan analyzes the operations, intelligence, logistical, and administrative features of the headquarters; the techniques advanced to hold out these capabilities; and the influence of the personalities and types of the commander and employees chiefs at the association. Hogan's quantity indicates the military headquarters of global struggle II as a sophisticated association with features starting from quick supervision of tactical operations to long-range operational making plans and the sustained help of frontline devices. it's a necessary case examine for army pros in any respect degrees.
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Throckmorton, and an opel'lllions group, which included two majors and a captain. "'u The operation s group wou ld track tactica l development s and ma intain the sit ua ti on Illap and other G- 3 data in the sec tion area , the confere nce te nt , and the war room ; pre pare situation reports and the G- 3 summary; and keep a 24-hour wat ch in the operations tent. J4 The mi ssion of the G- 4 staff section and its chief was to prepare pOlicies for supply, evacuation, traffic, tran sportation , co nstruct ion , and re lated administrative issues a nd supervi se their implementation .
Although the vast majority- over two hund red fift y- of the headq uarters' staff officers at the time of the invas ion of Europe came from the Organized Reserves or Nat ional Guard, the 56 Regula rs he ld the key positions, including the chief of sta ff, depu ty chiefs, G- I, and G- 3. On the spec ial staff, only the ordnance officer, the headquarters comma ndant , and th e chie fofl he publicity and psycholog ical warfare section were reservists. Compared 10 the Army as a whole, the percentage of infa ntry officers, and indeed of combat officers gcnerally.
20 Oetobcr 1943- 1 August 1944. I: 15- 16; Draft. S. Army Rcport of Operations, 20 Oct 43- 1 Aug 44. sec. 2. P[l, 4- 5 , folder I, box I. S.
A command post at war : First Army headquarters in Europe, 1943-1945 by David W. Hogan Jr, Center of Military History United States Army