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The World War

Timothy K. Nenninger and Charles Pelot Summerall

in The Way of Duty, Honor, Country

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126180
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135649 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126180.003.0016
The World War

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Toward the end of June 1917, the War Department informed Charles Summerall that he would go to England and France as a member of a commission to study the types and the employment of field artillery. The chief of staff sent for him and in great secrecy handed a letter addressed to “General John J. Pershing. For his eyes alone.” In London, the hotels were gay with many British officers in their handsome blue uniforms and elaborately dressed women. Everything was being done to give officers and men on leave a maximum of pleasure and to keep up morale. Upon returning to Washington, the chief of staff sent for Charles and stated that the secretary of war had directed him to appoint Charles as president of a board on types of artillery for the war and to have him select the other members.

Keywords: War Department; field artillery; London; John J. Pershing; England; France; Charles Summerall

Chapter.  3530 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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