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By Charles E. Kirkpatrick

“An Unknown destiny and a uncertain current: Writing the Victory Plan of 1941”covers the paintings of then Maj. Albert C. Wedemeyer, the vital writer of the Victory Plan. in precisely forty-eight months the United States raised and built a latest military probably in a single day, a feat that owed a lot to sound army making plans. As Wedemeyer makes transparent, mobilization transcends merely army issues and has to be understood to embody the potential of countries. His paintings underscores the truth that even in 1941 war had develop into so huge in scope, so dear, and so technologically advanced that countries may well by no means back come up with the money for to keep up in time of peace the armies wanted in time of warfare. the realization turns out inescapable: the us military needs to hold mobilization making plans on the middle of all its army making plans. army planners and all these learning mobilization and logistics will take advantage of approaches Wedemeyer and his colleagues utilized in attaining their judgements at the devices and fabric wanted. The Victory Plan presents a transparent photograph of the way they approached the problem of getting ready for contemporary warfare.

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Still, many of the president's commitments remained tacit, and he gave no explicit guidance to the military staffs. As the crisis developed, military planners continued to know little more about the nation's ultimate goals t1,an did the public. Having no instructions to the contrary, they continued to work on the assumption that national policy aimed at defense of the western hemisphere, not participation in a global war. Such a set of circumstances severely I 7 LeLter, E D. Roosevelt LO Sen. David 1.

Critics had long argued that modern ships and modern weapons made it impossible for the United States to enforce the Monroe Doctrine unless it had the bases to operate farther out into the ocean. The destroyer deal solved that problem. 16011 American intentions and early cooperaLion with the BriLish, see Kent Robens Greenfield, American Strategy in World Wm"II: A Reconsideration (Ballimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1963), p. 5, and Olher works cited in lhe bibliography. 43 THE REQUIREMENT The president confided to Congress that the possible German response should not enter into the decision about the destroyers for bases deal, because, as he explained to Senator David I.

36 That the accomplishment of such goals in an age of total war would be difficult was something that von del' Goltz foresaw, but that Fuller articulated with particular clarity. Total war leads almost inevitably to great destruction, which is normally justified by propaganda in order to sustain a peoples resolve to fight the war. Cognizant that mobilization of public sentiment in Britain was a weapon of war in World War I, Fuller recognized that, once aroused, that sentiment became virulent and difficult to satiate.

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