Major General Charles Ryder: The Forging of a World War II Division Commander
SAMS monograph rept. 2 Feb-2 Nov 2014
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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Major General Charles W. Ryder began his military career in 1915, and served in the 16th Infantry Regiment during War I. During the interwar period, he spent fifteen years as a student or as an instructor. He went on to command the 34th Infantry Division in North Africa and Italy. Upon a successful tour as a combat division commander, General Marshall assigned him as the commander US IX Corps. Ryder successfully commanded the 34th Infantry Division because he was a humble, lifelong learner, who drew from his education and operational experiences, effectively applying those experiences while commanding the 34th Infantry Division. His most significant educational experiences came from the US Military Academy, the Command and General Staff School, and the US Army War College. His experience commanding a battalion during World War I informed his perspective on training, leadership, and personal courage. He combined his experience and education to forge a National Guard division into an effective fighting force.
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