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7. W.O. MITCHELL

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5 The Debate over Doctrine

John A. Adams Indiana University Press ePub

In the beginning, george s. patton proved to be a large problem. He had a lot of ideas, some good, some very unbalanced. Patton stressed mobility and tended to use the light tank as a horse. Despite the need demonstrated on European battlefields for more armor protection and heavier guns, he remained wedded to the light 15-ton cavalry tank. Patton handled light tanks as cavalry.1 A committed cavalryman as late as 1933, he wrote in the Cavalry Journal, “Machines will always be preceded by horsemen.” Patton, then subordinate to Devers as commander of the 2nd Armored Division (AD), had enjoyed a long association with Secretary of War Henry Stimson, which he exploited to challenge Devers’s mechanized warfare expertise and hence his authority to command. Devers could not tolerate the situation if Patton became de facto the man in charge. Patton, who felt he was the armor expert, was feeding Stimson notes via Undersecretary John McCloy, questioning what Devers knew about armor.

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Chapter 7. Transition

Fred L. Edwards, Jr. University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter 7

Transition

JUNE 1967-BIEN HOA HIGHWAY

Lieutenant Colonel Harry Holeman, the J-2 MACV science advisor, wants to discuss a project involving long-range patrolling with several members of G-2 and G-3 at II Field Force headquarters in Long

Binh.l Harry's clearance precludes in-country trips outside of American-held territory, but his fighter pilot spirit influences him to go anyway. Except for an official trip to Tokyo, he hasn't been out of

Saigon/Cholon, and is looking forward to this trip.

I draw a pair of pistols and pick him up in the office jeep. The rotund little man looks incongruous in his Air Force khaki tropical worsted and blue frame cap, with a .45 automatic strapped around his waist, but I guess that Air Force scientists don't bring field uniforms to Vietnam.

On the Bien Hoa highway a tragi-comic act with a Lambretta unfolds. A Lambretta is a motorbike with one wheel in front and two wheels on an axle in the rear. Built over this triangular frame is an enclosure which houses the driver in front and his cargo in the rear. A Lambretta can carry four Americans or a dozen Vietnamese. Thousands of Lambrettas serve as taxies, buses, and cargo trucks in the Saigon-Cholon-Bien Hoa area.

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Appendix 2: Perspectives on the Horse Meat March

Edited and Annotated by Charles M. Robinson III University of North Texas Press PDF

Appendix 2

Soldiers’ Perspectives on the Horse Meat March

The notorious Horse Meat March was the low point of General

Crook’s career. Even Bourke, loyal though he was, found his patience strained. The following writings are from others who accompanied the Big Horn and Yellowstone Expedition on the trek.

They begin with Crook’s orders as transmitted to the 5th Cavalry by its lieutenant colonel, Eugene A. Carr.

Orders to Cavalry, August 4, 1876

[From Charles King, Campaigning With Crook and Stories of Army

Life, 57–58]

All tents, camp equipage, bedding, and baggage, except articles hereinafter specified, to be stored in the wagons, and wagons turned over to care of chief quartermaster by sunrise to-morrow. Each company to have their coffee roasted and ground and turned over to the chief commissary at sunset to-night. Wagons will be left here at camp. A pack-train of mules will accompany each battalion on the march, for the protection of which the battalion will be held responsible. The regiment will march at seven A.M. to-morrow,

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Chapter 8

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CHAPTER 8

Belle Fourche Fiasco

T

he Castle Gate exploit was sensationalized in many newspapers of the time, and the Hole-in-the-Wall contingent was duly impressed with Butch Cassidy’s handling of the robbery. Reasoning that they should be able to do just as well as a Mormon cowboy, they decided to rob a bank. Their first choice was the bank in Dickinson, North Dakota; however, there was something about the setup they didn’t like. It was finally decided that the Butte County Bank in Belle Fourche, South

Dakota, would be an easier and more profitable target.1 Also, both Sundance and George Currie knew the area well.

Belle Fourche is situated at the confluence of the Belle Fourche and

Redwater rivers and means “beautiful fork” in French. It was a central cattle-shipping railhead for a large portion of a tri-state area (South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana). Cowboys who had accompanied the herds would celebrate in town, spending their money freely on drinking and gambling in the many saloons, and other entertainments. Additionally, the outlaws knew the town was hosting the annual reunion of Civil

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