“So He Lost It All?”

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:
“So He Lost It All?”

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This chapter examines the unpreparedness of the U.S. Army for World War II because of the line branch chiefs' compartmentalized organizations and their refusal to adopt military mechanization strategies. The regular army and National Guard divisions were unable to reach full strength during the interwar period, or have the opportunity to engage in large-scale maneuvers to test cavalry doctrine, until 1940.

Keywords: U.S. Army; World War II; military mechanization; National Guard; cavalry doctrine

Chapter.  14440 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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