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 significant writer of the Victory Plan. in exactly forty-eight months the United States raised and built a latest military doubtless in a single day, a feat that owed a lot to sound army making plans. As Wedemeyer makes transparent, mobilization transcends only army concerns and has to be understood to include the skill of countries. His paintings underscores the truth that even in 1941 struggle had develop into so sizeable in scope, so dear, and so technologically advanced that international locations might by no means back come up with the money for to keep up in time of peace the armies wanted in time of warfare. the belief turns out inescapable: the USA military needs to continue mobilization making plans on the middle of all its army making plans. army planners and all these learning mobilization and logistics will make the most of strategies Wedemeyer and his colleagues utilized in achieving their judgements at the devices and fabric wanted. The Victory Plan offers a transparent photo of ways they approached the problem of getting ready for contemporary conflict.
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1 9 General Peyton C. "2o On paper, of course, the nation had a sufficiently strong Army. The National Defense Act of 4 June 1920 set out a method for mobilizing an Army of the United States from regular and reserve components, as well as from conscripted manpower. In time of peace, it provided for an Army of nine regular divisions, eighteen National Guard divisions, and twenty-seven Organized Reserve divisions, all organized into nine corps area commands subordinate to three field armies. The regulars were expected to train the reserve component formations in their corps areas, but were so constituted that they formed complete military units that could respond immediately in a military emergency.
16011 American intentions and early cooperaLion with the BriLish, see Kent Robens Greenfield, American Strategy in World Wm"II: A Reconsideration (Ballimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1963), p. 5, and Olher works cited in lhe bibliography. 43 THE REQUIREMENT The president confided to Congress that the possible German response should not enter into the decision about the destroyers for bases deal, because, as he explained to Senator David I. Walsch, a Massachusetts Democrat who chaired the Naval Affairs Committee and opposed the deal, In regard lO German retaliation , I think you can rest quietly on that score.
He is familiar with the theater of war and in possession of the key terrain when war begins; he has established railways and lines of communications; he is operating in his own country and has the sympathetic support of the civilian population; and the normal administrative machinery of his own nation is available to help him. "27 He therefore insisted upon the necessity of moving rapidly and with surprise, utilizing the advantages swift mobilization gives an army. An army needs large forces and decisive operations, he wrote, because of the "everdiminishing power of the strategical offensive ...
An unknown future and a doubtful present : writing the victory plan of 1941 by Charles E. Kirkpatrick