History of the Army Ground Forces. Study Number 15. The Desert Training Center and C-AMA, (California - Arizona Area)
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Shortly after the United States entered the Second World War, the War Plans Division of the War Department General Staff foresaw that our Army might have to fight in the deserts in Africa. The Desert Training Center was instituted under the Army Ground Forces for the special purposes of training mechanized units to live and fight in the desert, to test and develop suitable equipment, and to develop tactical doctrines, technique, and training methods. Maj. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., first DTC Commanding General, selected the site of the Desert Training Center in March 1942. In April, the I Armored Corps and other units, whose total strength was less than a division, arrived under Spartan conditions. General Patton evolved tactics he later used in campaigns overseas.
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