A Reason to Be!

George F. Hofmann

in Through Mobility We Conquer

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780813124032
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134819 | DOI:
A Reason to Be!

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This chapter examines the conflict over the transition to a peacetime military policy and doctrine in the U.S. after World War I. It discusses the U.S. Army's efforts to improve its war capability in conformity with the lessons of World War I, especially with the creation of the Tank Corps and Air Service on a temporary basis under wartime legislation. The chapter also explores the government's visions for future combat missions for each combatant arm, especially the cavalry, and identifies the problems that muted cavalry innovation and leadership during the 1920s.

Keywords: military policy; military doctrine; U.S.; peacetime; World War I; Tank Corps; Air Service; cavalry

Chapter.  18935 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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