An unknown future and a doubtful present : writing the by Charles E. Kirkpatrick

By Charles E. Kirkpatrick

“An Unknown destiny and a uncertain current: Writing the Victory Plan of 1941”covers the paintings of then Maj. Albert C. Wedemeyer, the relevant writer of the Victory Plan. in precisely forty-eight months the USA raised and built a contemporary military possible in a single day, a feat that owed a lot to sound army making plans. As Wedemeyer makes transparent, mobilization transcends in simple terms army issues and needs to be understood to include the skill of countries. His paintings underscores the truth that even in 1941 struggle had turn into so sizeable in scope, so dear, and so technologically complicated that international locations may well by no means back come up with the money for to keep up in time of peace the armies wanted in time of conflict. the realization turns out inescapable: the U.S. military needs to preserve mobilization making plans on the middle of all its army making plans. army planners and all these learning mobilization and logistics will take advantage of techniques Wedemeyer and his colleagues utilized in attaining their judgements at the devices and fabric wanted. The Victory Plan offers a transparent photograph of the way they approached the problem of getting ready for contemporary conflict.

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Ibid. 224. , p. 114 . 28 WRITING THE VICTORY PLAN OF 1941 nate. 56 "Protected offensive power" lay at the heart of the malter. The rifle and the machine gun created the conditions that dominated World War I. In the face of the modern bullet it was impossible for the cavalry and dismounted infantry to conduct the kinds of operations that Fuller described as being decisive. Once pinned down by deadly rifle fire, formations were decimated by even deadlier artillery barrages. Technology produced the answer: the tank.

I ndeed , by December 1940, Stimson believed that the country would eventually be at war in Europe. After a meeting with Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox, General Marshall, and Admiral Harold Stark on the 16th, he confided to his diary that "there was basic agreement among us all. "14 The nation's foreign policy certainly pointed in that direction , as the president moved the nation, if not closerto an alliance with Britain and France, certainly further away from neutrality. Roosevelt's executive policy cOlllm itments to cooperate with the British began as ea rly asJanuaryof 1938, when he permitted AngloAmerican naval conversations.

Once pinned down by deadly rifle fire, formations were decimated by even deadlier artillery barrages. Technology produced the answer: the tank. Armor defeated the bullet 57 and gave the army the mobility it needed to win a war that ranged over great land areas. The tank of World War I was designed to accompany the infantry and overcome the obstacles the infantry faced, but that tank was an immature weapon. Fullet; by contrast, envisioned fast, lightly armed and lightly armored vehicles to be used in exploitation of an enemy's immediate tactical defeat.

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