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Evolution of the United States Army Field Manual: Valley Forge to Vietnam

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[Technical Report, Study/Analysis]

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Technical Operations, Inc., Combat Operations Research Group

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The modern military text, or field manual, has evolved over a period of several hundred years. Historically military training literature traces its beginnings to the writings of the ancient Chinese, Greeks, and Romans. Until the invention of and the advent of general literacy, military instruction was usually oral and not written. In the United States Army, the evolution of printing the field manual falls into two distinct periods the American Revolution to World War I, and Word War 1 to 1966.


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  • Information Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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[A, Approved For Public Release]