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Couvi sent us the Word file on this. I'll upload it later, as it includes charts, etc., but to start with here's the text, but without the proper formatting that his document includes:

UNITED STATES IN THE WORLD WAR
1917-1919

BULLETINS, G.H.Q., A.E.F.

HISTORICAL DIVISION, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
WASHINGTON, DC 1948

GENERAL HEADQUARTERS, A.E.F
GENERAL ORDERS No. 14 France, July 15, 1917

1. The organization of the First Division, as approved by the War Department, is given in the tables attached:

(a) Provisional Infantry Brigade. This table is the organization of company, machine gun company, battalion, regiment and brigade is shown,

(b) Provisional Infantry Division-Trains.

(c) Provisional Infantry Division, including trains.

(d) Changes in Table 6, tables of Organization, 1917, in Field Artillery organizations for Expeditionary divisions.

(e) Changes in Table 8, tables of Organization, 1917, in Field Artillery organizations for Expeditionary divisions.

(f) Divisional Ammunition Train, Motor Section.

(g) Divisional Ammunition Train, Horsed Section.

2. The Headquarters of Trains and Military Police is organized as in Table 28, Table of Organizations, 1917, with the addition of 2 rolling kitchens and 2 wagoners,

The Supply Trains (sic) is organized as in Table 32, Tables of Organization, 1917, with the addition of two rolling kitchens.

The Sanitary Train is organized as in Table 51, Tables of Organization, 1917, with the addition of six rolling kitchens.

The Engineer Train is organized as in Table 35, Tables of Organization, 1917, with the pontoon section and plus one rolling kitchens.

3. Although the approved allowance of Engineers for the provisional Expeditionary division was placed at one battalion of engineers, an entire regiment of Engineers was ordered to accompany the first expedition.

4. The organization shown in the attached tables was approved by the War Department for the first Expeditionary Division. Recommendations as to the final organization of divisions and higher units will be made to the War Department by these headquarters.

5. The organization of the Infantry regiment for combat is based on the strength later be increased to four infantry companies of 250 men each, and that the machine gun company will be increased to 172.

THE INFANTRY REGIMENT COMBAT ORGANIZATION

Based upon the strength given in table of Organization “a,” the following combat organization is prescribed for the Infantry Regiment:

(A) Headquarters:
1 Colonel
1 Lieutenant-Colonel.

(B) Headquarters Company:
1. Staff, Orderlies and Band Section.
Regular Detachment.
2 Captains (1 Adjutant and 1 Commander of Headquarters Co.).
1 Regimental Sergeant Major.
1 First Sergeant.
2 Color Sergeants.
1 Mess Sergeants
1 Supply Sergeant.
1 Stable Sergeant.
1 Sergeant.
4 Corporals.
1 Horseshoer.
3 Cooks.
15 Privates.
Band. 28 All grades.
Battalion Detachment:
3 Battalion Sergeants Major.
27 Privates.

2. Signal Section.
Regimental Detachment:
1 Lieutenant, Commander.
2 Sergeants.
2 Corporals.
Battalion Detachments.
3 Sergeants.
6 Corporals.
30 Privates.

3. Sapper Bomber Section.
Regimental Detachment:
1 Lieutenant, Commander.
2 Sergeants.
4 Corporals.
30 Privates.

4. Sapper Pioneers.
Regimental Detachment:
1 Lieutenant, Commander.
2 Sergeants.
1 Corporal.
36 Privates.

5. 1-Pounder Platoon.
Headquarters:
1 Lieutenant.
5 Privates-drivers and liaison.
3 Gun Squads,--Each squad organized as follows:
7 Privates.
1 Sergeant.
1 Corporal.
1 Gunner-driver.
1 Loader.
4 Ammunition carriers.
1 Driver.

(C) Supply Company:
1 Captain, Commanding.
1 Lieutenant.
1 1st Sergeant.
1 Mess Sergeant.
1 Supply Sergeant.
1 Stable Sergeant.
2 Sergeants.
1 Corporal.
5 Horseshoers.
2 Mechanics.
2 Saddlers.
61 Wagoners.
2 Cooks.
30 Privates
Medical Department and Chaplain
5 Officers
33 Enlisted Men

NOTE:--Headquarters Company. Of the 15 privates of the regimental detachment 10 are to be mounted and 5 are to have motorcycles.
Of the 9 privates of each battalion detachment, 2 are to be mounted, 3 are to have motorcycles and 4 are signalers.
Signal Section. The regimental detachment is divided into the telephone squad of 1 sergeant, 2 corporals and 10 privates and a signal squad of 1 sergeant and 8 privates.
Sapper Bomb Section. This section is charged with the low power trench mortars and pneumatic bomb throwers, grenade depots, fireworks, etc.
Sapper Pioneer Section. The regimental and battalion detachments are destined for diverse expert pioneer work such as construction of posts of command, depots for material, preparation of pioneer material, etc.
Supply Company. Four additional wagoners will later be required to drive the 4 additional ammunition wagons to be supplied.

BATTALION OF INFANTRY

Battalion.
Battalion headquarters.
3 Infantry companies.
1 Machine Gun Company.

Battalion Headquarters.
2 Officers.
4 Sergeants.
3 Corporals.
3 Lance Corporals.
42 Privates

Organization.
1 Major, Commanding.
1 Lieutenant, Adjutant.
From Headquarters Company:
1 Battalion Sergeant Major, mounted.
1 Battalion Supply Sergeant, mounted.
Signal detachment (telephone):
1 Sergeant. (From Hq. Co.)
2 Corporals. (From Hq. Co.)
10 Privates. (From Hq. Co.)
Sapper Pioneers:
1 Corporal. (From Hq. Co.)
8 Privates. (From Hq. Co.)

1 Sergeant, Liaison (From Battalion Machine Gun Co.).
9 Privates
2 Orderlies, mounted. (From Hq. Co.)
3 Motorcyclists. (From Hq. Co.)
4 Signallers (sic). (From Hq. Co.)
Liaison Messengers.
3 Lance Corporals. (From Inf. Co’s of the Bn.).
12 Privates. (From Inf. Co’s of the Bn.).
3 Privates-Battalion Sanitary Service (From Inf. Co’s of the Bn.).
From Battalion Machine Gun Co.
1 Private-Battalion Sanitary Service

NOTE: --All enlisted personnel of battalion headquarters is drawn from regimental headquarters company or from companies of the battalion.

INFANTRY COMPANY

Strength.
4 Officers.
11 Sergeants.
17 Corporals.
2 Mechanics.
3 Cooks.
2 Buglers.

Privates
165 1st Class.
165 Privates.

Organization.
Captain’s Group:
1 Corporal (Liaison).
2 Buglers. (Liaison).
1 Private, Cyclist (Liaison).
5 Privates (2 signallers et 3 observers).
4 Privates (pioneers)
4 Privates (Liaison Messengers).
1 Lance Corporal (For duty as Liaison messengers at Battalion headquarters).
4 Privates (For duty as Liaison messengers at Battalion headquarters).
1 Private (First Aid with Battalion Surgeon.).
Combat train group:
1 Mess Sergeant.
3 Cooks.
1 Private (Captain’s orderly).
Field train group:
1 Supply Sergeant.
2 Mechanics.

4 Platoons

NOTE.—The Platoons are organized alike. Each platoon is divided into two half platoons, consisting of two groups each. (Platoons and Half Platoons are section and demi-sections in the French regulations.)

THE PLATOON

Strength.
1 Lieutenant or 1st Sergeant (Commander).
2 Sergeants (Commanders of half platoons).
4 Corporals (group leaders).
36 Privates.

1st Half Platoon:
Commander-Sergeant (Grenadier or auto-rifleman).
1st Group: (Hand Grenades).
1 Corporal (Grenadiers)
7 Privates (Grenadiers)

2nd Group: (Auto-rifles)
1 Corporal
6 Privates (2 gunners and 4 ammunition carriers).

2nd Half Platoon:
Commander-Sergeant (rifleman).
3rd Group: (Riflemen).
1 Corporal
11 Privates (8 riflemen, 2 rifle grenadiers and 1 ammunition carrier).
4th Group: (Riflemen).
1 Corporal
12 Privates (9 riflemen, 2 rifle grenadiers and 1 ammunition carrier).

NOTE.—The strength (200) of the Company given in Table “a” does not admit of using all 12 of the automatic rifles. Four will therefore be kept in reserve until the strength of company is augmented.



BATTALION MACHINE GUN COMPANY

Strength.
5 Officers.
14 Sergeants.
15 Corporals.
2 Buglers.
130 Privates.
1 Horseshoer.
6 Mechanics.
1 Saddler.
3 Cooks.

Organization.
Captain’s Group:
1 First Sergeant.
1 Supply Sergeant.
1 Sergeant (Liaison).
2 Buglers (Captain’s Orderlies).
1 Private (First Aid with Battalion Surgeon).
Combat Train Group:
1 Lieutenant.
1 Stable Sergeant.
1 Mess Sergeant.
1 Horseshoer.
1 Saddler
3 Cooks.
3 Corporals (Transport, Platoon Ammunition).
3 Platoons.

NOTE.—Each platoon consists of two section of two guns each, with the necessary men and matèriel to serve them. All platoons are organized alike.






By Command of General Pershing,

James G. Harbord
Chief of Staff.


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Note that some of the men are specifically noted to be mounted, and ferriers show up in the TOE.

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24





Units




Company: BATTALION REGIMENT ……….. BRIGADE
Headquarters 3 Companies M.G. Company Total. Headquarters. HEADQUARTERS COMPANY Supply Company. 3 Battalions. Total Medical Department and Chaplain. Aggregate. Headquarters. 2 Regiments Total. Medical Department and Chaplain. Aggregate. Remarks.
Staff Orderlies and Band. Signal. Sappers and Bombers Sappers and Pioneers. Platoon of accompanying guns 1-pounder. Total.
Brigadier General …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. 1h …. 1 …. 1 a One lieutenant from Officer’s Reserve
Corps

b Includes men trained for trench warfare
as pioneers, bombers, rifle grenadiers,
light machine guns, etc.

c Equipment of officers, light machine
gunners and other men not equipped
with the rifle, in trench warfare

d From Headquarters Company. For
regular duty with battalion and
accompany it when detached. Not
totaled except in Headquarters
Company.

e From Supply Company. For regular
duty with organization and
accompany it when detached. Not
totaled except in Supply Company.

f Includes 2 spare machine guns.

g Clerks at Regimental Headquarters

i One as wagonmaster and one as
ordnance sergeant

k 15 baggage and rations wagons
assigned to units.
7 regimental rations and forage
wagons.
6 water wagons.

n
3 1-mule cartridge wagons.
2 4-mules caisson or wagons.

o For lieutenant in command and 1 private messenger.

p Medical personnel as per Table 53,
Table of Organization, 1917.

q Band as per Table 54, Tables of
Organization, 1917

r May be replaced by a mule and cart.


Note:

h Indicates mounted on a horse.
m Indicates mounted on a mule.

Colonel …. …. …. …. …. 1h …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. 1 …. 1 …. 2 2 …. 2
Lieutenant Colonel …. …. …. …. …. 1h …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. 1 …. 1 …. 2 2 …. 2
Major …. 1h …. …. 1 …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. 3 3 …. 3 1h 6 7 …. 7
Captain 1 …. 3 1h 4 …. 2h …. …. …. …. 2 1h 12 15 …. 15 …. 30 30 …. 30
Lieutenant, First & Second a3 1h 9 A4 1h 14 …. …. a1h a1h a1h a1h 4 1h 42 47 …. 47 2h 94 96 96
Medical Department …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. p4h 4h …. …. …. 8 8
Chaplain …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. 1h 1h …. …. …. 2 2
….
TOTAL COMMISSIONED: 4 2 12 12 5 2 2 1 1 1 1 6 2 57 57 5 72 4 134 138 10 148

Regimental Sergeant Major …. …. …. …. …. …. 1h …. …. …. …. 1 …. …. 1 1 1h 2 3 …. 3
Regimental Supply Sergeant …. c1 …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. 3h …. 3 3 …. 6 6 …. 6
Battalion Sergeant Major …. d1 …. …. …. …. 3h …. …. …. …. 3 …. …. 3 3 …. 6 6 …. 6
First Sergeant 1 …. 3 1h 4 …. 1 …. …. …. …. 1 1h 12 14 14 …. 28 28 …. 28
Color Sergeant …. …. …. …. …. …. 2h …. …. …. …. 2 …. …. …. 2 …. 4 4 …. 4
Mess Sergeant 1 …. 3 1m 4 …. 1h …. …. …. …. 1 1m 12 12 14 …. 28 28 …. 28
Supply Sergeant 1 …. 3 1m 4 …. 1h …. …. …. …. 1 1m 12 12 14 …. 28 28 …. 28
Stable Sergeant …. …. …. 1m 1 …. 1h …. …. …. …. 1 1m 3 3 5 …. 10 10 …. 10
Sergeant 8 …. 24 10 34 …. 1 5 2 2 3 13 i2m 102 117 117 1h 234 235 …. 235
Corporal 17 …. 51 14 65 …. g4 8 4 4 3 23 1h 195 219 219 …. 438 438 …. 438
Horseshoer …. …. …. 1 1 …. 1h …. …. …. …. 1 5lm 3 9 9 …. 18 18 …. 18
Mechanic 2 …. 6 3 9 …. …. …. …. …. …. …. 2 27 29 29 …. 58 58 …. 58
Saddler …. …. …. 1 1 …. …. …. …. …. …. …. 2 3 5 5 …. 10 10 …. 10
Wagoner c3 …. …. c4 …. …. c4 c1 c1 c1 …. …. 61 …. 61 61 2 122 124 …. 124
Cook 3 …. 9 2 11 …. 3 …. …. …. …. 3 2 33 38 38 1 76 77 …. 77
Bugler 2 …. 6 2h 8 …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. 24 24 24 10 1h 48 48 …. 48
Private, 1st Class B165 D92h 495 110 605 …. 42 16h 48 24 60 26 200 30 1,815 2,045 2,045 …. 4,090 4,100 …. 4,100
Private …. ….
Band (All Grades) …. …. …. …. …. …. q28 …. …. …. …. 28 …. …. 28 28 …. 56 56 …. 56
Medical Department …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. p33 8h …. …. …. …. 66 66

TOTAL ENLISTED: 200 600 147 747 …. 89 61 30 66 32 278 112 2,241 2,631 33 2,664 15 5,262 5,277 66 5,343
AGGREGATE: 204 2 612 152 152 …. 91 62 31 67 33 284 114 2,298 2,698 38 2,736 19 5,396 5,415 76 5,491

Combat Wagon 1 …. …. 2 …. …. …. …. …. …. n5 5 18 …. 23 …. 23 …. 46 46 …. 46
Rolling Kitchen 1 …. …. 1 …. …. 2 1 1 1 …. …. 15 …. 15 …. 15 …. 30 30 …. 30
Baggage and Ration Wagon 1 …. …. 1 …. 1 2 …. …. …. …. …. k28 …. 28 …. 28 2 56 38 …. 58

TOTAL WAGONS: …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. 5 5 61 …. 66 …. 66 2 132 134 …. 134

Motor-Cycles …. 3 …. …. …. …. 14 …. …. …. o2 16 …. …. 16 …. 16 6 32 38 …. 38
Horses, Riding …. 3 …. 4 7 4 27 1 1 1 …. 30 7 21 62 14 76 12 124 136 28 164
Mules, Riding …. …. …. 3 3 …. …. …. …. …. …. …. 6 9 15 …. 15 …. 30 30 …. 30
Mules, Pack …. …. …. 42 42 …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. 126 126 r1 27 …. 252 252 2 254
Mules, Draft 12 …. …. 16 …. …. 16 …. …. …. 11 11 248 …. 259 …. 59 8 518 526 …. 526

TOTAL MULES: …. …. …. 45 45 …. …. …. …. …. 11 11 254 135 400 1 401 8 800 808 2 810

Rifles 197 …. 591 …. 591 …. 53 61 30 66 …. 210 105 1,773 2,088 …. 2,088 13 4,176 4,189 …. 4,189
Pistols C80 2 240 152 394 2 36 1 1 1 33 72 1,181 1,261 …. 1,261 6 2,522 2,528 …. 2,528
Machine Guns, Heavy …. …. …. f15 14 …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. 42 42 …. 42 …. 84 84 …. 84
Machine Guns, Light 12 …. 36 …. 36 …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. 108 108 …. 108 …. 216 216 …. 216
1-pounder Guns …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. 3 3 …. …. 3 …. 3 …. 6 6 ….



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Sat Jan 07, 2006 9:58 pm

The last is a table. Clearly I can't post it correctly in the present format, but note the horses and mules.

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(g) -- TABLES OF ORGANIZATION
DIVISION AMMUNITION TRAIN : HORSED SECTION
UNITS CAISSON
CO. WAGON
CO. HDQRS. 2 CAISSON COS. 1 WAGON CO. TOTAL
Major ……….. ……….. 1 ……….. ………..
Captain 1 1 ……….. 2 1 3
First Lieutenant 1 ……….. 1 2 ……….. 3
Second Lieutenant 1 ……….. 2 ……….. ……….. 2
Medical Department (1 Vet.) ……….. ……….. 2 ……….. ……….. 2

Total Commissioned 3 2 4 6 2 12

Battalion Sergeant Major ……….. ……….. 1 ……….. ……….. 1
First Sergeant 1 1 ……….. 2 1 3
Mess Sergeant 1 1 ……….. 2 1 3
Supply Sergeant 1 1 1 2 1 4
Stable Sergeant 1 1 ……….. 2 1 3
Sergeant 9 11 3 18 11 32
Corporal 18 22 6 36 22 64
Chief Mechanic 1 ……….. ……….. 2 ……….. 2
Horseshoer 3 3 ……….. 6 3 9
Mechanic 2 2 ……….. 4 2 6
Saddler 1 1 ……….. 2 1 3
Wagoner 3 35 1 6 35 42
Cook 3 3 1 6 3 10
Bugler 3 2 1 6 2 9
Private, first class 35 16 2 70 16 88
Private 107 50 2 214 50 266
Medical Department ……….. ……….. ……….. ……….. ……….. ………..

Total Enlisted 189 149 18 378 149 545

Aggregate 192 151 22 384 151 557

Caissons 18 ……….. ……….. 36 ……….. 36
Battery W\wagons 1 ……….. ……….. 2 ……….. 2
Spare gun 1 ……….. ……….. 2 ……….. 2
Store wagons 1 ……….. ……….. 2 ……….. 2
Ammunition Wagon ……….. 33 ……….. ……….. 33 33
Rolling Kitchen 1 1 ……….. 2 1 3
Field train wagons 2 2 1 4 2 7

Total Vehicles 24 36 1 48 36 85

Horses, riding 40 4 19 80 13 112
Horses, draft 138 ……….. ……….. 276 ……….. 276

Total Horses 178 4 19 356 13 388

Mules, riding ……….. 28 ……….. ……….. 28 28
Mules, draft 12 152 4 24 152 180

Total Mules 12 180 4 24 180 208

Pistols 116 82 21 232 82 335
Carbines or rifles 76 66 ……….. 152 66 218
Ammunition, 3-inch, rounds 1,948 ……….. ……….. 3,896 ……….. 3,896
Ammunition, per gun in division 40.58 ……….. ……….. 81.17 ……….. 81.17
Ammunition, cal.30, capacity ……….. 1,188,000 ……….. ……….. ……….. ………..



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Again, it didn't post well, but note the horses and mules.

Odd that the TOE would include "carbines or rifles". There were no carbines in service that were not obsolete.

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Couvi, Pat,
Thank you for taking time and trouble to post this. I am amazed at the number of horses, particularly, and mules involved.

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<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Trooper</i>
<br />Couvi, Pat,
Thank you for taking time and trouble to post this. I am amazed at the number of horses, particularly, and mules involved.

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<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote">

It is amazing, isn't it?

I think there's a widespread assumption by most people, including historians, that horses are only a cavalry story. Far from it. We all know about the artillery, but the infantry was pretty horsey itself. Horses was an integral part of all types of military units up until just before WWII.

And yet, if you mention horses in infantry units, even amongst the knowledgable, you will usually draw a blank. "Oh, I'm talking about infantry", as if the Willys was always part of the story.

Even as late as WWI most US commanders travelled to their units to inspect them on horseback. Eisenhower mentions that in his book Yanks. The Germans also did it. I've read an interesting comment by a German lieutenant, in the infantry, as late as 1918 praising his horse. I'm not saying the men in the trenches had them, but horse and mule use was inescapable.

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Pat,<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Pat Holscher</i>
<br />Again, it didn't post well, but note the horses and mules.

Odd that the TOE would include "carbines or rifles". There were no carbines in service that were not obsolete.

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<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote">The Krag-Jorgenson-series of weapons were still in service in WWI and still used as training weapons in WWII. There were still some stored where I work in 1992. Krag carbines were available for issue, but apparently, they were not.

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Couvi:

Thanks for this very useful document; I just used it to extrapolate the composition of a MG section.

If the TOE for cavalry is handy...



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<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">The Krag-Jorgenson-series of weapons were still in service in WWI and still used as training weapons in WWII. There were still some stored where I work in 1992.<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote">
Couvi, when you say "stored" do you mean awaiting ready use or as museum pieces?
I like the Krag carbines [:P]

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Dusan,<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Trooper</i>
<br /><blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">The Krag-Jorgenson-series of weapons were still in service in WWI and still used as training weapons in WWII. There were still some stored where I work in 1992.<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote">
Couvi, when you say "stored" do you mean awaiting ready use or as museum pieces?
I like the Krag carbines [:P]

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<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote">They bcame museum pieces when I drew them.

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Bumped up due to related topic.

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Pershing's report on WWI indicated that the US Army needed well over 220,000 horses as he noted a shortage of 108,000 animals which he wrote comprised of nearly half the requirements. HE also bemoaned that the French said they would provide them, causing him to cancel his requisition from Washington only to be told a month later that the French could not in fact provide many horses. Typical Army situation!!



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Thu May 26, 2011 8:33 pm

Bump.
Pat

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