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BATTALION COMMANDERS AT WAR: U.S. Army Tactical Leadership in the Mediterranean Theater, 1942-1943

BATTALION COMMANDERS AT WAR: U.S. Army Tactical Leadership in the Mediterranean Theater, 1942-1943
by Barry, Steven

1-237110

Examination of leadership portrays battalion officers as highly trained, adaptable, and courageous in their first combat experiences in North Africa and Sicily. Their leadership brought discipline, maturity, experience, and the ability to translate common operational guidance into tactical reality, and thus contributed significantly to battlefield success in North Africa and Sicily in 1942-1943. To explain how this happened, he examines their prewar experiences, including professional military education and unit training exercises; personal factors such as calmness and physical resilience under fire; and the ability to draw upon doctrine, creatively apply the resources at their disposal, and clearly define and communicate mission goals and means. He also reveals how battalion leaders incorporated technological innovations into combined arms maneuvers by employing tank capabilities and close air support doctrine.

These commanders were not the sole reason for the Allied triumph in North Africa and Sicily, but victory would not have been possible without the special brand of military leadership they exhibited throughout those campaigns. Under their leadership, even inexperienced units were able to deliver credible combat performance, and without the regular army battalion leaders, U.S. units could not have functioned tactically early in the war.

1 vol, 272 pgs 2013 US, UNIVERSITY PRESS OF KANSAS
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