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The Resource Bracketing the enemy : forward observers in World War II, John R. Walker

Bracketing the enemy : forward observers in World War II, John R. Walker

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Bracketing the enemy : forward observers in World War II
Title
Bracketing the enemy
Title remainder
forward observers in World War II
Statement of responsibility
John R. Walker
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The hallmark of the twentieth-century battlefield was the increasingly effective practice of "combined arms" warfare-the combining of various "combat arms" (infantry, cavalry, armor, artillery) to accomplish the mission. In the vanguard of this development was the use of artillery to support the mission of infantry on the battlefield. Although artillery bombardment was responsible for most deaths on the battlefield, armies rarely paired infantry and artillery in the assault. Between the two world wars the U.S. Army concluded that field artillery had an important role to play in its evolving combined arms doctrine. The new doctrine emphasized mobile, mechanized warfare and the crucial importance of artillery firepower in support of infantry. The most satisfactory arrangement for providing close artillery support was to locate artillery observers in the air over the battlefield and on the ground to accompany maneuvering infantry. The pairing of American infantry and artillery reached fruition in the European and Pacific Theaters of the Second World War. What is missing from the historical literature on combined arms, however, is the study of how that togetherness evolved. This dissertation will argue that the establishment of forward observer teams at the battle's front line that provided the vital link between infantrymen and the artillery batteries supporting them. To assess these developments in the union of combined arms theory and practice, this dissertation will be organized in three parts. The first will trace the inception of indirect fire and the evolution of field artillery tactical doctrine through 1941. The second section, which will be the heart of the study, will follow the experiences of forward observer personnel from tow U.S. Army Divisions in the Second World War. The 87th Infantry Division in Europe and the 37th Infantry Division [Ohio National Guard] in the Pacific will be examined as case studies. By studying one division from both theaters of the
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Walker, John R.
Dewey number
940.54/1273
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
D769.339
LC item number
.W35 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • United States
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Artillery, Field and mountain
  • Unified operations (Military science)
Label
Bracketing the enemy : forward observers in World War II, John R. Walker
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
31223103700523
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-264) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The evolution of forward observation -- Mobilizing for war : the 37th Division (Ohio National Guard) and 87th Division -- Tactical parity and disparity : different enemies -- Baptism of fire : the 37th Division on New Georgia -- Massed fires and mass slaughter : Bougainville -- Collateral damage in the Philippines : Luzon and Manila -- Initiation to combat: the Saar Basin -- Forward observers in the Ardennes: the Bulge -- Through the wall and across the Rhine -- Conspicuous gallantry: forward observers and the Medal of Honor -- The key to successful infantry-artillery coordination
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxii, 274 pages
Isbn
9780806143804
Lccn
2012050123
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40022723993
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 823742265
  • (OCoLC)823742265
Label
Bracketing the enemy : forward observers in World War II, John R. Walker
Publication
Bar code
31223103700523
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-264) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The evolution of forward observation -- Mobilizing for war : the 37th Division (Ohio National Guard) and 87th Division -- Tactical parity and disparity : different enemies -- Baptism of fire : the 37th Division on New Georgia -- Massed fires and mass slaughter : Bougainville -- Collateral damage in the Philippines : Luzon and Manila -- Initiation to combat: the Saar Basin -- Forward observers in the Ardennes: the Bulge -- Through the wall and across the Rhine -- Conspicuous gallantry: forward observers and the Medal of Honor -- The key to successful infantry-artillery coordination
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxii, 274 pages
Isbn
9780806143804
Lccn
2012050123
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40022723993
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 823742265
  • (OCoLC)823742265

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