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Armor Magazine, May-June 1992

Armor Magazine, May-June 1992

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Five years. In our profession,
it
is not unusual foran officer to stay in one place for five years. But toremain in the same job, in the same office for thatlong is rare indeed.Whatever we’ve been able to accomplish with thispublication and in the United States Armor Associ-ation has been due to the great staffs I’ve beenassociated with in both organizations and to thatmost precious of commodities
-
ime. As
I
moveon to whatever lies ahead,
I
want to publicly ac-knowledge the great work done by the folks at
ARMOR
and the Association. You readers can beproud
of
what they have done and
of
what they willcontinue to do.
I
also want to thank the hundreds of individualswith whom
I
have come in contact over the pasthalf-decade: the authors, reviewers, commanders,and many, many supporters and readers.
I
cantruthfully say it has been the highlight of my careerto have worked with you. Keep up the good work.Our branch is strong. This job has given me aneagle’s-eye view of the force and left me with adistinct impression of the professionalism, elan, es-prit, and tradition of Armor and Cavalry.Back in 1950, when Armor officially became abranch, Hanson Baldwin wrote
in
ARMOR,
“Thecavalry is not dead; its spirit, its traditions, its im-mortal intangibles endure. Its tactics, its esprit arethe heritage
of
armor and the Army; the ‘yellowlegs’ are gone, but they have left behind them thethings that soldiers live by.” We are the stewards
of
that legacy, as much today as when he wrotethose words more than
40
years ago.The force has a bright future. In a previous era,when some said that we were not needed, GeneralJacob L. Devers wrote in the old
Armored CavalryJournal
in 1948, “The future of armor is limited onlyby the ingenuity of American industry and the re-sourcefulness of the officers and enlisted men whobelong to armored units. To those qualities thereare no limits
-
nor are there to the future ofarmor.”The missions change. The doctrine evolves. Thethreat transforms. But there will always be a needfor a fast-moving, high-trained, professional, direct-fire ground force that can deploy anywhere in theworld, fight, and win. No one else can do what wedo or do
it
as well. There are dragons out there,and they have lots of tanks.
So,
there will alwaysbe the possibility of work to do. In 1975, GeneralDonn A. Starry wrote in
ARMOR,
“...modern wargames show that a force in which tanks are eithernot present, or present in insufficient numbers, sim-ply cannot fight successfully against an enemyequipped with even a modest number of tanks.”We know that to be true, and we know we’re theforce for the job.
So,
keep those letters and articles coming, folks.It’s been a great run. Thanks for the opportunity.
-
JCBy Order
of
the Secretary
of
the
Army:
GORDON
R.
SULLIVAN
General, United States ArmyChief of Staff
Official:
d?&d*
MILTON H. HAMILTON
Administrative Assistant
to
theSecretary of the Army
01557
 
The Professional Development Bulletin of the Armor Branch PB-
17-92-3
Editor-in4hiefLTC PATRICK
J.
COONEVManaging
Editor
JON T. CLEMENSCommandant
MG
THOMAS
C.
FOLEV
ARMOR
(ISSN
0004-2420) is publishedbimonthly by the
US.
Army Armor Center, 4401Vine Grove Road, Foct Knox.
KY
40121.Disclaimer: The information contained inARMOR represents the professional opinions ofthe authors and does not necessarily reflect
he
official Army
or
TRADOC position, nor does itchange or supersede any information presentedin other official Army publications.Official distribution is limited
to
onecopy
foreach armored brigade headquarters,
armored
cavalry regiment headquarters. armor battalionheadquarters, armored cavalry
squadron
head-quarters, reconnaissance squadron head-quarters,
armored
cavalry troop. armor company,and motorized brigade headquarters of theUnited States Army. In addition, Army libraries,Army and DOD schools,
HQ
DA and MACOMstaff agencies with responsibility for armored.direct fire, ground combat systems,organizations, and the training of personnel forsuch organizations may request
two
copies
by
sending a military letter
to
the ediior-in-chief.Authorized Content: ARMOR
will
print onlythose materials for which the
U.S.
Army ArmorCenter has proponency. That proponencyincludes: all
armored,
direct-fire
grwnd
combatsystems that
do
not serve primarily as infantrycarriers; all weapons used exclusively in thesesystems or by CMF 19-series enlisted soldiers;any miscellaneous ‘kerns of equipment whichamr and
armored
cavalry organizations useexclusively; training for all
SC
12A.
128. and12C
officers
and for all CMF-19-series enlistedsoldiers; and information concerning the training,logistics, history, and leadership of armor andarmored cavalry units at the brigaddregimentlevel and below.
to
indude Threat units at thoselevels.Matetial may
be
reprinted,
provided
credii
is
given
to
ARMOR and to
he
author, exceptwhere copyright is indicated.
May-June
1992,
Vol.
CI
No.
3
Features
6
1118
21242632
37
41424446
A
Tale
of
Two Battles
by First Lieutenant
(P)
John
A.
Nag1
Dragon’s Roar: 1-37 Armor in the Battle
of
73
Easting
by Second Lieutenant Richard M. Bohannon
Tactical Employment
of
the Military Motorcycle
by Lieutenant Colonel Craig
S.
Harju Sr.,Sergeant First Class David F. Wilson, and Richard B. Armstrong
Remembering
by Major Dale
E.
Wilson
and
Command Sergeant Major Robert A. Murphy
Flying A Desk
by Captain John
K.
BartolottoBernard Law Montgomery:
A
Question
of
Competence
by David Crag
The Battle
of
Arras
by Captain Charles
H.
Benson
111
Using “Push Packages” To Resupply Cavalry Operations
by Captain Daniel A. Beach
You Can’t Push Wet Spaghetti
by Colonel John C. Gazlay, USA, Retired
MILES Rules the Battlefield
by Sergeant First Class Richard
S.
Francis
Short Halt Maintenance
by First Lieutenant
(P)
radley
T.
Gericke
Remarks at the Dedication
of
the Abrams Auditorium,Patton Museum
of
Annor and Cavalry
by General Donn A. Starry, USA, Retired
Departments
2
Letters
20
Armor Soldiers Monument
2
Contacts
48
Tank
Design
Contest
4
Commander’s Hatch 50 Bustle Rack5 Driver’s Seat 51 BooksATTENTION FREE DISTRIBUTION APO ADDRESSEES:
Please sendyour new address
and
unit number to ARMOR,
ATTN:
ATSB-AM (Ms.Hager),
Ft.
Knox,
KY
40121-5210. Be sure to include your current mail-ing label.

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