GROUND FORCES IN THE
A STATISTICAL TABLE
Army Ground Forces
Study No. 3
Dr. Robert R. Palmer
Historical Section - Army Ground Forces
HEADQUARTERS ARMY GROUND FORCES
SUBJECT: Studies in the History of Army Ground Forces
TO: All Interested Agencies
1. The history of the Army Ground Forces as a command was prepared during the course of the war and completed immediately thereafter. The studies prepared in Headquarters Army Ground Forces, were written by professional historians, three of whom served as commissioned officers, and one as a civilian. The histories of the subordinate commands were prepared by historical officers, who except in Second Army, acted as such in addition to other duties.
2. From the first, the history was designed primarily for the Army. Its object is to give an account of what was done from the point of view of the command preparing the history, including a candid, and factual account of difficulties, mistakes recognized as such, the means by which, in the opinion of those concerned, they might have been avoided, the measures used to overcome them, and the effectiveness of such measures. The history is not intended to be laudatory.
3. The history of the Army Ground Forces is composed of monographs on the subjects selected, and of two volumes in which an overall history is presented. A separate volume is devoted to the activities of each of the major subordinate commands.
4. In order that the studies may be made available to interested agencies at the earliest possible date, they are being reproduced and distributed in manuscript form. As such they must be regarded as drafts subject to final editing and revision. Persons finding errors of fact or important omissions are encouraged to communicate with the Commanding General, Army Ground Forces, Attention: Historical Section, in order that corrections may be made prior to publication in printed form by the War Department.
BY COMMAND OF GENERAL DEVERS:
Study No. 3 was prepared by Dr. Robert R. Palmer, of the Ground Historical Section, now professor of History in Princeton University, with the advice and collaboration of the officers of Headquarters, Army Ground Forces. It is intended to be used in connection with studies No. 4, No. 8, and No. 9.
Special mention is due the officers of the Mobilization Division of the G-3 Section, and the Organization Division of the Requirements Section for their assistance in preparing the study.
Last updated 1 July 2005