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Accession Number ADA583844
Title Is the U.S. Army Field Artillery Prepared to Support the Next Major Combat Operation.
Publication Date May 2013
Media Count 53p
Personal Author J. T. Cobb
Abstract In 2007, three former Brigade Combat Team Commanders authored a white paper and sent it to the Army Chief of Staff. The paper was entitled 'The King and I: The Impending Crisis in the Field Artillery's Ability to Provide Fire Support to Maneuver Commanders.' The paper details the authors' concerns as Maneuver Commanders regarding the ability of field artillery to support maneuver operations. Field artillery operations in the European Theater during World War II represent one of the high points in indirect fire support to ground forces. One of the best examples of this artillery support was witnessed during Operation COBRA, in which extensive artillery assets allowed commanders to have flexible fire support plans, as well as redundant firing units available to make up identified shortfalls. This capability essentially enabled Allied units to develop and maintain the initiative throughout the war. This monograph examines Operation COBRA to determine how the Corps Commanders employed field artillery when conducting offensive operations, and identifies key concepts that were used to ensure success. The three areas that were seen as crucial to the success of offensive operations in Operation Cobra were the ability to mass artillery fires, integrate close air support into the ground maneuver plan, and provide logistics support to the artillery units. For the future of field artillery, these three areas must be maintained if the Army is to prevail in the next major combat operation.
Keywords Army operations
Artillery fire
Artillery fire massing
Artillery units
Case studies
Close air support
Cobra operation
Combat operations
Combat readiness
Corps level organizations
Field army
Field artillery readiness
Fire support
Logistics support
Maneuver commanders
Maneuver operations
Military commanders
Military history
Military readiness
Offensive operations
Second world war
Tactical air support

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
74 - Military Sciences
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
79F - Fire Control & Bombing Systems
79G - Guns
Corporate Author Army Command and General Staff Coll., Fort Leavenworth, KS. School of Advanced Military Studies.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Monograph.
NTIS Issue Number 1402
Contract Number N/A

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