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Why was the US only able to field 98 infantry divisions during WW2?

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  • #16
    Originally posted by WABs_OOE View Post
    Divorce got to my sex drive before age did.
    Fortunately for me Colonel, I got divorced and remarried at a pretty young age.

    At least we still have SWWNBN, right Sir?
    “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
    Mark Twain

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Albany Rifles View Post
      Fortunately for me Colonel, I got divorced and remarried at a pretty young age.

      At least we still have SWWNBN, right Sir?
      The only thing I got to say to that is that my eyes are also going.

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      • #18
        just to pile on...don't say I never did anything for you, boss...

        https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbi...-bodysuit.html
        There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "My ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."- Isaac Asimov

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        • #19
          My eyes! My eyes!

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          • #20
            Give the man some Polaroids, stat!

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Albany Rifles View Post
              Fortunately for me Colonel, I got divorced and remarried at a pretty young age.

              At least we still have SWWNBN, right Sir?
              I got married at 48 but I wasn't stupid. I married a woman 26 years younger than me so still have everything.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by astralis View Post
                just to pile on...don't say I never did anything for you, boss...

                https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbi...-bodysuit.html
                You're going to Hell for that, Eric....
                “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
                Mark Twain

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                • #23
                  https://ssi.armywarcollege.edu/wp-co...2020_Bonin.pdf

                  Although the thrust of this article by Bonin is about the core competencies the Army needs to demonstrate in providing strategic landpower, he uses the Army of WWII as his example and explores some of the reasoning, constraints, competing requirements that resulted in the number of combat divisions fielded.

                  From the article:

                  The National Defense Act of 1920 specifically charged the War Department and the Army General Staff with overall mobilization planning and preparation in the event of war and remained unchanged until 1947. In early 1942, then Chief of Staff General George Catlett Marshall organized the Army into three major administrative commands—Army Ground Forces (AGF), Army Service Forces (ASF), and Army Air Force (AAF). In 1945, 70 percent of AGF and ASF (some six million personnel) were deployed overseas, of which only 20 percent could be found in the 89 combat divisions, all overseas. Was some 80 percent of the Army unnecessary overhead or tail to the divisional tooth? No! This arrangement was the complete force structure required for the Army to perform its core competencies including providing prompt strategic landpower and simultaneously sustaining global campaigns in two theaters of war—Europe and Pacific—and six separate theaters of operations.

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