Some three centuries ago Lion Gardener, in his Relation of the Pequot Warrer, sagely observed that war is like a three-footed Stool, want one foot and down comes all; and these three feet are men, victuals, and munitions. Nevertheless, until quite recently, military history has almost completely neglected problems of supply. The allocation of volumes for the series, united states army IN world war II, promises a more balanced approach to the subject. There has been a generous assignment of volumes to the supply agencies of the Army, and among these are four covering the activities of the Quartermaster Corps. Two of these, of which the present volume is the first, will be devoted to operations of the Corps in the zone of interior.
One of the oldest of all War Department agencies, the Quartermaster Corps, in spite of the loss of some of its traditional functions, remained throughout World War II one of the most important of the supply, or technical, services. In addition to its main mission of supplying broad categories of items needed by the Army, the Corps had, in the course of its long existence, become responsible for a variety of services to troops in the field. The multiplicity of its activities made a chronological treatment of the war period prae tically impossible. It was considered more advantageous to project a narrative which would first develop completely the supply operation of the Corps as its major function, then analyze personnel and training problems, and finally discuss the special services performed by the Corps for the Army.
This volume begins but does not complete the analysis of Quartermaster supply, which is envisaged in broad terms as a continuous process Starting with the development of military items and moving through the estimating of requirements, the procurement of supplies, their storage and distribution, the reclamation and salvage of items to ease supply, and the final process of industrial demobilization. This approach permitted a functional treatment, although not all activities - notably the supply of subsistence and of fuels and lubricants - were organized functionally in the Office of The Quartermaster General. Within the limits of each function a chronological development is followed.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Unknown Author
Published Date - August 27 2019
ISBN - 9780266278993
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.7 cm
Page Count - 440
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