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Field Artillery Journal - Jul 1922

Field Artillery Journal - Jul 1922

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THE FIELD ARTILLERY JOURNAL
 
VOL. XII JULY-AUGUST, 1922 NO. 4
IMPRESSIONS OF A CORPSMUNITIONS OFFICER
 
BY CAPTAIN WENDELL L. BEVAN, FIELD ARTILLERY, U. S. ARMY
AWARDED HONORABLE MENTION, FIELD ARTILLERY JOURNAL PRIZE ESSAY COMPETITION, 1922
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corps munitions officer is on the staff of the chief of artillery atthe corps headquarters. He should be a major or a captain with onelieutenant assistant. Two noncommissioned officers are required for clerical duties. One officer who has been selected as a corps munitionsofficer for a new corps not yet in line should be attached to a corps staff in line for instruction. The corps munitions officer should be selectedfrom among the officers who have served at the front with divisionalartillery and who have had combat service with a unit as small as the battalion. By such selection the officer will have a correct conception asto the actual difficulties of ammunition service in the advanced zoneunder shell-fire. Coming from corps or army artillery units he is too apt tounderestimate these difficulties. His duties are outlined in the following paragraphs.Coöperate and keep in close touch with the operations section of theartillery staff. Study carefully the prospective operations and all other plansoriginating in the operations office. Note particularly if any proposedchange in positions or movement of artillery units will require a change inthe ammunition supply system to accommodate the units moving. Knowthe general location the artillery will occupy in case of an advance or retirement. Work out a plan for the re-supply of ammunition to meet suchlikely changes.Coöperate with the G-1 of the corps. Keep the G-1 informed as tochanges in the location of ammunition dumps and notify him when achange of station of the motor section, corps artillery park, will benefit theammunition supply. Give him advance information when the movement of ammunition will be above normal, giving him this information as far inadvance as possible. Talk over the circulation with him, requesting changeswhenever necessary. A time schedule can often be arranged so that the bulk of the ammunition trucks either follow or precede the supply trains, therebydecreasing the road congestion.Study the circulation map of the entire corps area. Know the
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