A Companion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign by Edward G. Lengel

By Edward G. Lengel

A spouse to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign explores the one greatest and bloodiest conflict in American army historical past, together with its many controversies, in historiographical essays that mirror the present country of the field.

  • Presents unique essays at the French and German participation in ‒ and views on ‒ this significant event
  • Makes use of unique archival study from the USA, France, and Germany
  • Contributors comprise WWI students from France, Germany, the U.S., and the United Kingdom
  • Essays study the army, social, and political results of the  Meuse-Argonne and issues the way in which for destiny scholarship during this area

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Pershing and Harbord assembled an initial staff of roughly 50 officers for service with the AEF. Majors Denis E. Nolan and John McAuley Palmer p r e pa r at i o n s  23 were especially important, as they would be responsible for building the staff sections dealing with intelligence and combat operations, respectively. S. Army doctrine offered conflicting guidelines for building an army staff. While the Field Service Regulations specified a staff with three staff functions (administration, combat, and intelligence), the War Department Staff Manual called for only the latter two.

The two began assembling the initial staff for the journey to Europe, choosing young, vibrant, determined officers capable of handling the rigors of their mission. Of primary importance, Pershing wanted officers who had spent time at the Leavenworth School of the Line and Army Staff College. He knew that the “most highly trained officers as a rule came from the Staff College … and from the Army War College” (Pershing 1931, 1:103). As War College graduates would be required to command brigades and divisions according to their age and grade, officers with Staff College experience held the inside track to gaining general staff positions in France.

While a brilliant staff officer, McAndrew never exerted the same level of control over the AEF general staff that Harbord did. 1 McAndrew’s style, and the provision authorizing staff officers to issue directives in the commander’s name, also gave the assistant chiefs of staff increased power in managing the AEF. This ­created a certain level of resentment between the officers at AEF GHQ and those in other commands, such as at the corps level or in the SOS. Unfortunately this dynamic was firmly in place by September 1918 and would cause increased tensions during the St.

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