Accession Number:

ADA445769

Title:

U.S. Army World War II Corps Commanders: A Composite Bibliography

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS COMBAT STUDIES INST

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1989-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

The United States Army corps commander in World War II was the highest-level officer who was engaged in battle at the front and who concentrated on high-level tactics. Leaving administrative matters largely at army level, be coordinated the use of-combined arms on the battlefield. He was, as one general describes him, the last man towards the rear who directs tactical fire on the enemy. He is the commander who conducts the battle.1 The corps commander was responsible for coordinating and directing the effort of the corps as a combined arms whole. According to 1942 Field Service Regulations for Larger Units, the corps commander left the details of executing his operational plan to division commanders. In combat, be influenced the outcome of the battle by maintaining close contact with the leading divisions and coordinating the use of forces. His task, according to doctrine, was to follow the progress of battle, adjust or modify assigned missions of subordinate elements, and make such changes in zones of action and objectives as may be necessary to take full advantage of enemy weaknesses, to exploit those weaknesses, and defeat decisively the hostile force. 2

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE