History of the Army Ground Forces. Study Number 18. History of the Fourth Army
ARMY GROUND FORCES WASHINGTON DC HISTORICAL SECTION
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Volume I of History of the Fourth Army, approved by the Chief, Historical Section, Army Ground Forces, 13 December 1944, 1 carried the Armys history through August, 1944, when the Fifteenth Army was activated and an almost entirely new staff took over Fourth Army. The Fourth Army was one of the four field armies formed within the continental limits of the United States in the summer of 1932. The purpose of these armies, as stated by the Chief of Staff, General Douglas MacArthur, comes under five heads 1 planning to provide agencies to complete the development of war plans prepared by the War Department General Staff 2 command and staff to form higher commands prepared to take the field and execute the plans prepared 3 training to provide agencies for the conduct of command post and other suitable peacetime training exercises 4 mobilization to provide ... an adequate force, within the minimum of time with the maximum of training, sufficient to protect any general mobilization that may be necessary 5 emergency defense to provide a force sufficient to handle all emergencies short of general mobilization.
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