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The school of hard knocks : combat leadership in the American Expeditionary Forces

Author: Richard Shawn Faulkner
Publisher: College Station : Texas A & M University Press, ©2012.
Series: C.A. Brannen series, no. 12.
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This important new history of the development of a leadership corps of officers during World War I opens with a gripping narrative of the battlefield heroism of Cpl. Alvin York, juxtaposed with the death of Pvt. Charles Clement less than two kilometers away. Clement had been a captain and an example of what a good officer should be in the years just before the beginning of the war. His subsequent failure as an  Read more...
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Faulkner, Richard Shawn.
School of hard knocks.
College Station : Texas A & M University Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2011025679
(OCoLC)732627444
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Shawn Faulkner
ISBN: 9781603446983 1603446982
OCLC Number: 794003433
Notes: Originally presented as: Thesis (Ph. D.)--Kansas State University, 2008.
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 392 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Combat leadership in the AEF: a tale of Alvin and Charles --
"To be instructed in the dark art and mystery of managing men" --
Small-unit leadership in the Old Army --
"We find ourselves in need of a vast army of officers" --
The stateside selection and training of officers --
"By improvised and uncoordinated means" --
Officer selection and training in 1918 --
"Ninety-day wonders" and "jumped-up sergeants" --
Stateside mobilization and the challenges of small-unit leadership --
"My God! This is Kitchener's army all over again" --
Leader training in the American Expeditionary Forces in France --
"Gone blooey" --
The AEF's systems for addressing officer incompetence and inefficiency --
Noncoms, doughboys and the Sam Brownes --
The relations between the leader and the led in the US Army --
Combat physics and the ugly realities of attritional warfare --
The school of hard knocks --
Combat leadership and the attritional battlefield --
Conclusions: A tale of George and Henry --
Appendix: Organization of AEF infantry rifle companies and platoons.
Series Title: C.A. Brannen series, no. 12.
Other Titles: Combat leadership in the American Expeditionary Forces
Responsibility: Richard S. Faulkner.

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In The School of Hard Knocks, Richard S. Faulkner carefully considers the selection and training process for officers during the years prior to and throughout the First World War. He then moves into  Read more...

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