LT. COLONEL W. S. NYE,
LIEUTS. H. S. FORD and A. V. RUTLEDGE.
OF VARIOUS measures which units andindividuals may take beforehand to preparethemselves for combat, two seem preeminent.First is perfection of technique. A great pianovirtuoso daily does his long hours of finger andscale exercises. A champion football teamthroughout the season continues to practice punting, passing, blocking. So it must be with themilitary team. The executive should not only "befamiliar with" methods for laying the battery, but be able to execute them quickly and accuratelyunder all conditions. The battery commander mustnot only have been instructed in the rules for conduct of fire, he must be an old hand
. The battalion commander must be ableto formulate practical plans for the support of hisassociated infantry or armored unit. And so on.Implicit is continuous and intensive practice in thefundamentals, even long after they have beenscheduled on the training program. Stress mustever be on the
methods, those which aremost readily understood, most easily performedand longest remembered. The reward for all thiswill be polish, high morale, professionalism.THE SECOND IMPORTANT preparation for war is familiarity—even though vicarious—withterrain in theaters in which one conceivably might be called to serve. This will point the way tospecial measures of physical conditioning,acquisition of special items of equipment (or modification of standard ones), and to special
imposed by such terrain or climate. Inthis, as in many other ways, the J
willcontinue to render aid. Readers should pay strictattention, for example, to descriptions (in our various features) of certain desert, jungle,mountainous, and frigid localities. These are not being printed merely as travelogues or for generalentertainment. Units serving outside thecontinental limits of the United States can help,too, by sending us, for publication, notesdescribing their daily life and activities. In thisway we can keep the members of our widespreadartillery family in touch with one another, andsupply some useful hints to those who may joinyou later.THE TINTED photo herewith shows thestandard 155-mm. howitzer in action Comparethis photo with those on pages 126-7, whichillustrate the latest weapons.
The United StatesField Artillery Association
ORGANIZED JUNE 7, 1910
Major General Robert M. Danford
Brig. Gen. George R. Allin
Major General Robert M. Danford
Brigadier General William H. Sands
Brigadier General C. C. Haffner, Jr.
Colonel Rex W. Beasley
Lieut. Col. Ralph C. Bishop
Lieut. Col. Alan L. Campbell
Lieut. Col. Thomas North
Lieut. Col. Maurice W. Daniel
Captain George L. Hart
Lt. Colonel W. S. Nye
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