Many other commanders did not want to accept the Balloon Corps either because many of them though scouts on horses were just as good as balloons in the air. President Abraham Lincoln finally stepped in and changed all their minds about using balloons (Emerson 33-36). The balloons were not easy to move at all and were very complicated to use. The balloons weighed hundreds of pounds and required numerous pieces of equipment to deploy. To inflate the balloons it took many hours and it took dozens of army men to tie down the big air balloons.
General Patton, in the Battle of the Bulge exercised the principles of mission command to the fullest and they yielded significantly great results for the Allied forces. General Patton employed each of the principles in different ways in order to ensure that the German surprise attack did not significantly set back the Allied forces in the war. The exercise of mission command allows a commander to conduct military operations and missions through dispersed execution. According to Army Doctrine Publication (ADP) 6-0, Mission Command, the definition of mission command is “the exercise of authority and direction by the commander using mission orders to enable disciplined initiative within the commander’s intent to empower agile and adaptive leaders in the conduct of unified land operations”. General Patton exhibited four of the mission command principles extremely well during the Battle of the Bulge.
Helen Tiffney once said, “It was the entry of the USA into the war which brought about the surrender of Germany in 1918.” The US abounded its allies (Britain, France, Russia & Italy) with artillery, food, money, machinery, & troops. Moreover, the US provided the allies with around 10.5 billion dollars. As well, it provided them with weaponry of different types, from handguns to bayonets to rifles to grenades. (Ex. Lewis M1917, F1 Grenade, Colt M1873, & M1905 bayonet) In addition, the US dispensed its allies with huge amounts of troops, food & raw materials.
The Overland Campaign was a turning point in the Civil War: it was a strategic victory for the Union, but consisted of heavy losses on both sides. In just 40 days, the Union lost 55,000 men. The Confederates lost 36,000 men, but with an army roughly half of the Union’s to begin with, their losses were proportionally much greater. The final battle of the campaign, Cold Harbor, led to extremely high losses on both sides, but was a defensive victory for Lee. Anti-war sentiments grew in the North and Grant was labeled “the butcher.” Despite the high losses, Grant knew this is what had to happen in order to achieve the North’s strategic objectives in the war.
He was a senior officer for the United States Army in both World War I and II, being best known for his leadership of the US 3rd Army in France and Germany following the 1944 Allied invasion of Normandy. Additionally, he also advocated and supported the ideas of the atomic strike in Hiroshima and Nagasaki near the end of World War II. In the assigned quote, Patton believed that even though wars are fought with weapons, wars are won by the actions and bravery of men with respects to their home country. As well, Patton believed that the men’s determination to listen and follow the leader results in a victory. The second assigned source and film, “The Patriots”, also provided exceptional examples of the topic of patriotism that was evident during the American Revolution.
Shortly following the conclusion of the United States’ conflict in Korea, the American military once again deployed its service members to Eastern Asia to combat and contain the spread of Communism; this time in the form of the Democratic Republic of North Vietnam. While the vast majority of the American populace recalls the Vietnam War as primarily an exercise of ground forces and maneuver, an often-overlooked aspect of the war is the significant contribution to strategy and successful adaptation to threats demonstrated by Air Defense Artillery Soldiers of the era. One of the more proud moments for the Air Defense Artillery Branch was their pivotal role in the Vietnam War. From the branch’s only Medal of Honor winner, to the Duster, and
The battle of Gettysburg is famous for its role as the turning point of the Civil War that had seemed to favor the South up to that point and for being the battle with the most casualties of the war. Part of the reason for incredible casualty rate – some 46,000 to 51,000 in a battle that included roughly 165,000 – was that field medicine and medical practices at the time had not advanced nearly as quickly as the technologies of war had. The Civil War was a very sad point in American History, but it revolutionized our weapon technology and our attack strategy. (Technology and Casualties in the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg -
involvement in Vietnam began gradually with small protests and demonstrations but eventually developed into an widespread anti-war movement. The scale and influence of the movement made the war unpopular in the U.S., swaying politicians to eventually support to end the war. In addition, America’s military leaders fundamentally misunderstood the nature of the war they were fighting. General Westmoreland, commander U.S. forces in Vietnam, had complete freedom of action in deciding how to fight the war. 5 He decided to conduct of a war of attrition, using search and destroy tactics, in which the measure of merit was body count.
The British army was weak, financially struggling and had lost hundreds of thousands of men. The army would need more volunteers and very few were likely to step forward. The changes in tactics and technology is also a factor to take into consideration. Airplanes, tanks, dreadnoughts and machine guns were relatively new weapons entering this ancient game. If Britain hoped to gain the upper hand they would need to have not only a better strategy but also be appropriately equipped.
Napoleon served as a 2nd lietieunant of artillery for the France Military during the French Revolution. However, Hitler compared to Napoleon was only a common foot solider whom had more skills than it took to operate a squad; Whereas Napoleon actually had military skills to accomplish what he originally set out to do. He work his up the military hierarchy. The people of Germany were tired of inflation, threats of invasion or war, and preferred military