Accession Number : ADB006689
Title : Galahad Redux: An Assessment of the Disintegration of Merrill's Marauders
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
Personal Author(s) : Gaither, John B
Report Date : 06 Jun 1975
Pagination or Media Count : 99
Abstract : Galahad Redux is an attempt to analyze the disintegration of Merrill's Marauders, by emphasizing the intangible, subjective factors present in the leadership environment. The focus is on the disbandment of the 5307th in August 1944. The causes of the unit's loss of integrity are related through the perceptions of five men who were there. Their recorded testimony makes it clear that poor discipline, the effect of rotating commanders, a feeling that the unit was not good enough, a lack of attention, and broken promises led to a complete breakdown of morale in June 1944. Re-telling the Marauder story one more time hopefully reinforces two aphorisms that are deeply embedded in American military traditions. One is that soldiers' minds are as important as their numbers. The other is that force of character is a commander's greatest strength.
Descriptors : *COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS , *MORALE , ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY) , BURMA , CHINA , DECISION MAKING , DEGRADATION , EFFICIENCY , ENEMY PERSONNEL , ENLISTED PERSONNEL , HEART , HISTORY , INFANTRY , LEADERSHIP , MILITARY COMMANDERS , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , MILITARY PSYCHOLOGY , RATINGS , REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY) , THESES , TROPICAL DISEASES
Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE