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On the eve of global battle II, the U.S. military was once a small cadre strength with out deployable strive against divisions. due to years of coaching and making plans in the course of the interwar years, the military accomplished the transformation right into a large association with a number of military teams unfold the world over in below 4 years. This new military displayed awesome battlefield flexibility. Doctrine and coaching guided senior leaders within the eu Theater of Operations to make sure overwhelming wrestle energy on the aspect of assault. They always shifted their divisions, a constrained asset at the continent for almost all of 1944, among corps headquarters instantly sooner than significant battles. Many divisions replaced corps assignments 4 instances in a three-month interval and corps moved among armies regularly without obvious trouble. altering job association within the face of the enemy is a fancy project, affecting command relationships, logistics, and each different employees function....

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S. Army TABLE OF CONTENTS Contents TABLE OF CONTENTS 4 ABSTRACT 6 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 8 INTRODUCTION 9 DOCTRINAL FOUNDATION 15 Army Schooling System 15 Mission Type Orders and Five Paragraph Format 22 Stability in Concepts 25 Summary of Doctrinal Foundations 31 LEADERSHIP 33 Ensuring the Quality of the Officer Corps 33 Quality Commanders 38 Role of the Staff 44 Summary of Leadership 46 ORGANIZATION FOR COMBAT 48 Designed to Fight 49 Supporting the fight 52 CONCLUSION 57 APPENDIX A (Task Organization Change Analysis) 61 Corps Task Organization Changes 61 Division Task Organization Changes 61 Allied Units 63 APPENDIX B (Task Organization Charts) 65 APPENDIX C (Glossary) 71 REQUEST FROM THE PUBLISHER 73 BIBLIOGRAPHY 74 Archive and Primary Sources 74 Journal Articles and Monographs 81 Books 82 ABSTRACT ACHIEVING OPERATIONAL FLEXIBILITY THROUGH TASK ORGANIZATION: HOW THE AMERICAN FORCES IN EUROPE BEAT NAZI GERMANY BY MAKING THE DIFFICULT ROUTINE, by LTC Brian North.

The War Department created new large unit organizations, trained thousands of citizens to serve as commanders and staff officers, and developed strategic and operational plans for defeating the Axis forces in every imaginable environment. They faced enemy forces that had years of combat experience and had already defeated nearly every other army in battle with superior tactics and equipment. One of the major factors that contributed to the success of the American army was organizational flexibility.

Determining the factors that enabled this success can guide current and future force development. If our nation calls on our army to execute combined arms maneuver operations today, the current operational concept relies upon brigade combat teams to demonstrate the same flexibility in task organization. Today’s brigade combat teams operate under different divisions as our predecessors did in World War II with divisions under corps. With similar limitations on force structure, it will be critical that these units be able to integrate with new division headquarters on the move and maintain the initiative.

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