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The U.S. military GHQ Maneuvers of 1941 is a masterful examine of the biggest army education workouts ever performed by means of an army association trying to mobilize and modernize at the same time in the course of a quickly altering foreign safety surroundings. As recommended via Christopher R. Gabel, the maneuvers had an incalculable effect at the improvement of the yankee strength constitution in global conflict II, giving military formations adventure in teamwork and mixed fingers. seen via military leader of employees George C. Marshall because the "combat university for troop major" for the emerging crop of field-grade officials, additionally they served to check rising assumptions approximately doctrine, association, and kit. Gabel's paintings assumes its rightful position as an immense and necessary addition to the physique of old literature on army education. The evolution of teaching within the U.S. military, quite the linkage among maneuvers and alterations in doctrine and association, is necessary of mirrored image through army scholars and people with an curiosity in maneuvers as box laboratories for simulating large-scale engagements.

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428; Watson , Chief of Staff, pp. 26~64. 29. , Command and General Slaff College Library, Fon Leavenworth, Kan. 30. Hill, Mill"te Man, pp. 392-95, 411,424-25. 31. Forrest C. Pogue, George C. Marshall: Ordeal and HolJe (New York: Viking, 1966) , pp. 110-19, 156. 32. Hill , Minute Man, p. 373. 33. Kahn , M cNair, p. 22. 34. Robert R. Palmer, Bell I. Wiley, and William R. S. S. Army Center of Military History, Governmenl Printing Office, 1948) , pp. 377,414,444; WD Press Release , 23 May 41, Training (5-23-41) (5-31-41), RG 407, Army AG Decimal File 1940-45, NA.

1 2 General Headquarters discouraged taking prisoners, inasmuch as soldiers would receive no useful training while sitting in prisoner of war (POW) stockades. But since some prisoners would inevitably be taken, GHQ devised an ingenious method of dealing with them. Captors were to take their prisoners to the field army replacement depot for interrogation and feeding. Once a day, GHQ would arrange the transfer of prisoners, who would then be taken to their own army's replacement depot and processed as if they were combat replacements for their original units.!

The Luftwaffe provided flank security for those forces by interfering with the enem y's attempts to organize counterattacks. German air power a lso isolated the battlefield by methodi cally attacking lines of comlnunication. thus preventing enemy reserves from moving forward and disrupting the retreat of beaten units. Finally, the Germans utilized terror bombing of civilians to browbeat enemy governments into prompt capitulation. 16 Understandably, General Marshall wanted an air service that could replicate the remarkable accomplishments of the Luftwaffe.

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