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Of Tank and Infantry: Lessons of Heavy-Light Integration Learned, Forgotten and Relearned
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ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This is a plea to our Army senior leaders, the MACOM commanders, Corps and Division commanders, and school commandants to force the integration of tank and non-mechanized infantry. This document review our current infantry force structure with regard to the Third World threat traces the evolution of that structure from World War II to the present consolidates a significant number of lessons learned in tank and infantry cooperation in World War II, Korea and Panama and reports the National Training Center heavy-light experience of the last two years. The author undertook this study in the belief that the U.S. Army as it emerged from World War II and Korea had the ability to function as a tank-infantry team across its force structure and that the difficulties units experience today at the National Training Center in the mixing of heavy and light forces are not new but a function of the failure to operationalize the experience of World War II.
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