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OUR NEW ARMY CHIEF (George C. Marshall-NYT Magazine interview-5/14/39)
Microfiche-New York Times archives, McHenry Library, U.C. Santa Cruz | 5/14/39 | L.C. Speers

Posted on 05/14/2009 5:10:57 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson

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TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: marshall; milhist; realtime
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1 posted on 05/14/2009 5:10:58 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
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General Marshall ping.


2 posted on 05/14/2009 5:11:58 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

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3 posted on 05/14/2009 5:21:11 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name now that we have the most conservative government in the world?)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

I would like 10 lbs. of bing cherries. When can I expect them?


4 posted on 05/14/2009 5:22:45 AM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Loyal Buckeye

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5 posted on 05/14/2009 5:34:07 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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The check is in the mail. I’m sure glad Obama will have the trains up and running by then.


6 posted on 05/14/2009 6:02:01 AM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

“But when she discarded the yoke of Versailles, Germany started from scratch, as it were. She initiated the development of a complete armament program, closely integrated with civil industry. Had the great nations grown old together in the gradual elimination of outmoded weapons, planes and equipment, no single nations could have gained so long a lead as Germany has. Contradictory as it may seem, Germany actually profited by the wiping out of her World War armament.”


Interesting observation so close to the situation. We learned from WWI that negotiated peace did not work so unconditional surrender was how WWII was going to end. I wonder how and if this observation was applied................


7 posted on 05/14/2009 6:10:21 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( Seeking the truth here folks.)
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“..........Yet I doubt if many of the people know that for more than two years Germany has been turning out a million rounds of artillery ammunition a week......”


Just caught my attention. Would this be just the big stuff, or all ammunition?


8 posted on 05/14/2009 6:16:41 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( Seeking the truth here folks.)
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The post-Versailles development of the German army owed a lot to General Hans von Seeckt. According to my West Point Military History (WWII-Europe) he was responsible for the rebuilding from scratch.

As to how Marshall's observation was applied, there wasn't much he could do about it in 1939. How much influence did he have in 1945 when the post-war occupations and rebuilding took place? Germany and Japan haven't started any wars since.

9 posted on 05/14/2009 6:33:04 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: PeterPrinciple
Would this be just the big stuff, or all ammunition?

It is hard to imagine it is just big stuff. If true it would give a good jump start to Barbarossa in a couple years.

10 posted on 05/14/2009 6:38:36 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

What would “artillery ammunition” mean in that day?


11 posted on 05/14/2009 6:44:53 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( Seeking the truth here folks.)
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What would “artillery ammunition” mean in that day?

As far as I know "artillery" has always only meant big guns.

2,000,000 rounds per year works out to almost 6,400 per day assuming a six-day week. I guess that is not unreasonable. I wonder how many 88mm rounds they used.

12 posted on 05/14/2009 7:32:22 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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Doing a little thinking, during the 30th’s Germany partnered up with Russia to produce military equipment as a way of hiding their production. Wonder if the artillery ammunition production was higher than Marshall thought?
13 posted on 05/14/2009 7:53:26 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( Seeking the truth here folks.)
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It could mean anything 20mm ir higher; it would certainly include anything 75mm or up. The Germans had a lot of light cannon shooting 37mm - anti-aircraft and anti-tank, and the Panzer III also started the war with a 37mm gun. So I think by any definition, it would include anything 37mm or above, but the article may include 20mm rounds.


14 posted on 05/14/2009 6:26:51 PM PDT by PAR35
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