General Lesley J. Mcnair: Unsung Architect of the U.S. Army

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General Lesley J. Mcnair: Unsung Architect of the U.S. Army

General Lesley J. Mcnair: Unsung Architect of the U.S. Army (Modern War Studies) by Mark T. Calhoun
English | 30 May 2015 | ISBN: 0700620699 | 464 Pages | EPUB/AZW3/PDF (conv) | 8.39 MB

George C. Marshall once called him othe brains of the army.o And yet General Lesley J. McNair (1883-1944), a man so instrumental to AmericaAEs military preparedness and Army modernization, remains little known today, his papers purportedly lost, destroyed by his wife in her grief at his death in Normandy. This book, the product of an abiding interest and painstaking research, restores the general Army Magazine calls one of oMarshallAEs forgotten meno to his rightful place in American military history. Because McNair contributed so substantially to AmericaAEs war preparedness, this first complete account of his extensive and varied career also leads to a reevaluation of U.S. Army effectiveness during WWII. Born halfway between the Civil War and the dawn of the 20th century, Lesley McNairuoWhiteyo by his classmates for his blond hairugraduated 11th of 124 in West PointAEs class of 1904 and rose slowly through the ranks like all officers in the early twentieth century. He was 31 when World War I erupted, 34 and a junior officer when American troops prepared to join the fight. It was during this time, and in the interwar period that followed the end of the First World War, that McNairAEs considerable influence on Army doctrine and training, equipment development, unit organization, and combined arms fighting methods developed. By looking at the whole of McNairAEs careerunot just his service in WWII as chief of staff, General Headquarters, 1940-1942, and then as commander, Army Ground Forces, 1942-1944uCalhoun reassesses the evolution and extent of that influence during the war, as well as McNairAEs, and the ArmyAEs, wartime performance. This in-depth study tracks the significantly positive impact of McNairAEs efforts in several critical areas: advanced officer education; modernization, military innovation, and technological development; the field-testing of doctrine; streamlining and pooling of assets for necessary efficiency; arduous and realistic combat training; combined arms tactics; and an increasingly mechanized and mobile force. Because McNair served primarily in staff roles throughout his career and did not command combat formations during WWII, his contribution has never received the attention given to more publicuand publicizedumilitary exploits. In its detail and scope, this first full military biography reveals the unique and valuable perspective McNairAEs generalship offers for the serious student of military history and leadership.