William Gardner Bell was inducted into the Army in 1941, was commissioned through the officer candidate course at the Cavalry School in 1943, and served in the Italian Campaign in 1944Ė1945 as a platoon leader, company commander, and battalion staff officer with the 350th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division. From 1947 to 1950 he was associate editor of the Cavalry Journal, and from 1950 to 1953, as editor of Armor Magazine, he assured that the mounted armís publication reflected the transition from horse to horsepower. From 1956 to his retirement in 1962 he served as a historian in the Office of the Chief of Military History; in 1963 he returned as a civilian historian. Before embarking upon this book, he compiled the annual reports of the Secretary of the Army and the annual Department of the Army Historical Summary. He served as the staff specialist on the frontier army and wrote the Indian Wars chapter of the Armyís historical volume American Military History.
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