Accession Number:

ADA528264

Title:

Toward Combined Arms Warfare: A Survey of 20th-Century Tactics, Doctrine, and Organization

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

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

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1984-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

236.0

Abstract:

The concept of Combined Arms has existed for centuries, but the nature of the combination and the organizational level at which it occurred have varied greatly. Prior to the 17th century, for example, there was often no need to combine infantry, artillery, and cavalry at the small-unit level. Each branch served a specific function on the battlefield, and only the senior commanders present needed to coordinate the effects of the different arms. In succeeding centuries, the general trend has been to combine the arms at progressively lower levels of organization. The concern of commanders has gone from coordinating the separate actions of separate arms, to gaining greater cooperation between them, and finally to combining their actions to maximize the effect of their various properties. The process of developing and institutionalizing the combined arms concept, organization, and tactics in this century is the focus of this study. The monograph includes the following chapters Chapter 1, Prologue to 1914 Chapter 2, World War I Chapter 3, The Interwar Period Chapter 4, World War II -- The Axis Advance, 1939-1942 Chapter 5, World War II -- The Complexity of Total War, 1942-1945 Chapter 6, Combined Arms after 1945 and Conclusion.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE