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Combat General’s Battle Book
US Army Doctrine For Generals
222 pages; 11 chapters
Combat General’s Battle Book, offers QuikManeuvers’ readership
a glimpse of how modern US Army generals think.
QuikManeuvers has carefully edited this product of the US Army
Command and General Staff College in order to provide its
readership with some unique insights. Combat General’s Battle
Book reveals many interesting aspects of the US Army’s
general’s corporate war-avoiding mind. However, it takes a real
expert to detect the subtle patterns of retro combat avoidance in the
orchestrated blizzard of doctrine, tables of organization and
equipment and jargonized bureaucratic devices so favored by
America’s current crop of peacekeeper-diplomat-US Army
generals. That is why QuikManeuvers has cleaned this book up
enough to make it user friendly. We bring out the interesting parts
and ash can the over blown horse manure so favored by pompous
uniformed bureaucrats. There are several chapters that are useful
to anyone who wants to understand how generals should think
and perform. Combat General’s Battle Book’s chapters on
maneuver and battle calculations are particularly helpful in that
“An effective corps or division planner must understand how large corps and divisions are, the amount of space they may
occupy, and the considerations for moving them under varying circumstances.
Moving a typical corps by tactical road march entails moving at least 25,000 vehicles, assuming the corps has three
divisions, an ACR, and supporting troops. The corps would occupy road space of 2,500 kilometers if it marched at the
normal interval of 100 meters between vehicles (10 vehicles per kilometer), even without gaps between march units and
serials. Pass time at 25 kilometers per hour would be more than 4 days.
To conduct tactical operations, the corps must march on multiple routes at the greatest possible speed, making the most
economical use of road space. Economizing road space requires greater vehicle density on the routes in use, a function
of shorter intervals between vehicles and minimal gaps between march units and serials. Increasing the number of routes
adds flexibility and speed. Condensing intervals and gaps increases risks.
The corps can shorten its movement time and accelerate its deployment by marching in division columns with four routes
for each of two leading divisions and by:
>Moving at a daylight rate of march of 30 kilometers per hour (kmph).
>Maintaining a 50-meter (m) interval between vehicles.
>Limiting gaps to 2 minutes between march units and 5 minutes between serials (1,000m and 2,500m at 30 kmph). On
eight routes at that interval and speed, the corps column length and pass time become manageable, and divisions can
deploy to fight in a reasonable amount of time.
Under these conditions, the 25,000 vehicles of the corps would occupy about the same total road space of 2,500
kilometers (1,200 km of occupied road space plus 1,300 km of gaps). Distributed over eight routes, the average corps
column would be only 320 kilometers long and would pass in 10.5 hours at 30 kilometers per hour. A reinforced division
(6,000 vehicles) marching on four routes would average 155 kilometers per column and would pass in just over 5 hours.”
Excerpt from Combat General’s Battle Book
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