Excerpt from Logistical Support of the Armies, Vol. 2 of 2: September, 1944 May, 1945
This volume completes the story of the logistic support of u.s. Forces in the European theater, carrying the account forward from mid-september 1944 to the end of hostilities in May 1945. It... follows the pattern, established in Logistical Support of the Armies, Volume I, of focusing on the in¿uence which logistical support or lack of it had on the planning and the conduct of tactical operations. The inclination consequently has been to concem trate on the problem areas in logistic support, such as port discharge and transportation difficulties, and supply and manpower shortages. As explained in the Preface to Volume I, it was not intended to cover all aspects of logistics as the term is commonly defined. To avoid duplication, such sub jects as hospitalization and evacuation, communications, and construction are purposely left to the technical service histories, where they can be given proper coverage. The one major exception is the account of the rebuilding of Cherbourg, which was so important to the development of the logistic structure in the summer and early fall of 1944 that it is presented as a case history in planning and execution. A substantial amount of space has been given to the discussion of theater command and organization because of the persistent in¿uence which that problem had on logistic support and on the relations between the service and combat elements. In general, the topical treatment predominates, but within the boundaries of the two dis tinct periods of tactical developments. One major violation of chronology occurs in the treatment of local procurement (chapter XVIII), which did not lend itself to division.
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