By Alfred M. Beck
Usa military in global warfare II. The Technical Services.In this, the final quantity facing the functionality of the Corps of Engineers in the course of international conflict II, the Corps aid of the battle within the ecu and North African theaters is acknowledged intimately. This narrative makes transparent the indispensible function of the army engineer on the scuffling with entrance and his half in preserving Allied armies within the box opposed to eu Axis powers. American engineers carried the struggle to enemy shorelines by means of their mastery of amphibious struggle. In development and repairing highway and rail nets for the combating forces, they wrote their very own checklist of feat. In assisting wrestle and logistical forces in far away lands, those technicians of warfare transferred to energetic theaters a number of the building and administrative services of the peacetime Corps, so seriously devoted to public works at domestic. The authors of this quantity have decreased a hugely complicated tale to a finished but concise account of yank army engineers within the theaters of operations the place the declared major enemy of the conflict used to be delivered to unconditional hand over. The addition of this account to the professional U.S. military in global struggle II sequence closes the final final gaps within the background of the technical prone in that conflict.DOUGLAS KINNARD, Brigadier common, united states (Ret.), leader of army historical past
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MAGNET Force started with little notice. An advance party under Col. Edward H. Heavey left New York secretly on 6 January 1942; with it was Lt. Col. Donald B. Adams, the V Corps engineer. The party sailed from Halifax on a Norwegian ship and reached Scotland on the nineteenth. Colonel Adams and the other officers went to London for a week of briefing, and the rest of the party moved on to Belfast. A brigadier of the Royal Engineers guided Adams almost from the day he reached Northern Ireland, acquainting him with Brit24 Ltr, Adams to Chancy, 15 May 42, Engr files, NIBS.
1 OCE Rpts to CG, EUCOM Engr files; OCE ETOUSA Hist Rpt 1, Organization, Administration, and Personnel, app. 25; Memo, Harwood for Barnes, 15 Sep 42, 316 Office Methods, EUCOM Engr files. 57 Memo, Barnes for Moore, 10 Jul 42; Incl, Appreciation of ROUNDUP w/Memo; Memo, Lord for Moore, 2 Nov 42, SOS and OCE Organization, OCE ETOUSA Hist Records. planning, wanted to continue stockpiling standardized supplies to be used by British and American forces. In one case they tried to obtain a particular item of petroleum, oil, and lubricants (POL) equipment from the United States, but because of the new American policy they had to continue manufacturing and using their own prod58 uct.
On 14 May Marshall sent dards that seemed to the British entirely a directive to Chaney stipulating that adequate. Another problem concerned the organization of the theater SOS was airfield specifications and materials. to parallel that of the SOS recently These differences surfaced when the formed under Lt. Gen. Brehon B. British turned over their own accom- Somervell in the United States and was modations to American forces and drew to be given far broader powers than up plans for new structures.
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