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Book One World War Three 1946

Book One World War Three 1946
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Desegregation by Mad Missouri


22 August 1946

General Devers,

I have spoken with the President on the issues you raised in your memo dated 20 August. He understands that manpower issues are a real concern throughout both the Army and the Navy, but fails to see the reasoning behind allowing everyone but colored troops to service in normal Army units.

During the conversation the President asked more than once if complete desegregation would allow the Army to manage manpower easier. I believe the President is leaning towards that path. He has asked me to meet again with him on this subject on 5 November. At that meeting I plan to give my recommendation supporting gradual desegregation of the Army.
Until such time as the President makes his final decision on this subject, begin implementing your recommendations to reduce to manpower shortages.

General Eisenhower

(I love this one Mad)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Management by Objective

August 21, 1946
Pyrenees Mountains
The Pyrenees Line

The foothills around the town of Vileha look like a WWI no-mans land. It reminds the few vets who fought at Monte Casino of old times. Except this time they are the defenders and the Soviets are regulated to playing their part. Ominously the Red Army has made headway by shear force of being willing to take losses. They are not making banzi charges or even suicidal charges but they are just not willing to give any ground once gained. Counter attacks are not the answer at this point and NATO troops where not capable of making them.

As the Germans found out, the Red Army soldier was able to fight under the most extreme of conditions. They fought through the Winter months just as their enemy did but they were able to handle the elements and deprivation better. They live on less food, supplies and many times worse leadership. Yet they prevailed against the most deadly enemy the world has ever known. That is until now.

The NATO troops facing them are gaining valuable experience in the art of defensive warfare. They may not be capable of attacking yet but they are becoming very adept at defending. They are finally receiving enough supplies to take the fight to Ivan. They can give as good as they take mainly because of their strong defensive positions. It's pretty easy to give em hell from the high ground.

Luckily for the soldiers on the ground, the air war is a stand off with neither side gaining the advantage. This favors the defender on the high ground. They have a manageable fear of being blasted out of their defensive positions by IL10 and TU2s. Both are remarkably versatile at a tactical level. The fighters continue to cancel each other out. A special operation here or there will gain a decided advantage for one side or the other but no clear cut winners.

Much like Monte Cassino this is a soldiers war. It takes grunts to take the high ground. Artillery can just make it unoccupied for a while. Air power can turn it to mush and debris. But only the grunt can take it and keep it. So far Ivan has been able to keep what he has won the hard way.

The shear numbers of Soviet troops and planes are gradually pushing the NATO forces back foothill by foothill. There will be no breakthroughs yet there will be no letup in the attacks either. Much like Monte Cassino on a grand scale. The Allied forces eventually took Monte Cas
sino...eventually and at great cost.

Unnoticed by the Stavka at this early stage is that as the US units are being rotated back to the rear for R & R they are increasingly being replaced by Spanish, Portuguese, British, Canadian and other NATO forces as they become trained and able to take up their positions. Even units of Belgians, French, Polish, Dutch and Danes are appearing in small numbers. All have new equipment, training and supplies courtesy of Uncle Sam.

Ironically the smaller front and the uselessness of armor have freed up a large number of Soviet mechanized units who are being moved to other fronts. Again ironically the lack of any massive armored operations have decreased the Red Armies need for supplies and fuel.

If you are student of Management by Objective you will know that the first thing you look at is the trend. You ask yourself "if nothing changes what will be the outcome?". The outcome of this situation is that the Soviets will pierce the Pyrenees Line in 3 months... if there are no changes.

Army Ground Forces by Mad Missouri

20 August 1946

1. During the last four months Army Ground Forces has made great strides in executing the plan for the activation, equipping, training, and deployment of Army combat units. As per the meeting of 15 May 1946, the plan calls for the mobilization of 4 types of divisions: infantry, armored, mountain, airborne. The planned break down as it now stands is: 18 armored divisions, 69 infantry divisions, 4 airborne divisions, and 2 mountain divisions.

2. So far all existing divisions have been raised to full wartime strength, and 15 new divisions have been raised. Those new divisions being: 3 armored, 2 mountain, 1 airborne and 9 infantry. This process has been made much easier by the return of large numbers of trained veteran troops. For now each newly activated infantry or armored division is being built with a core of at least 1/3 to 1/2 of total personnel being experienced veterans. The numbers for the airborne divisions being closer to 3/4 veteran personnel. The fact that large numbers of trained and experienced troop already exist has allowed the reactivation, and training times to be cut shorter than originally planned. With the main problems causing delays being a lack of modern equipment types. Further divisions will be ready in groups of 20 with an expected readiness date for the next group is around October 1946, then another group being ready every 60 to 90 days.

3. Each armored division is being rebuilt to the new April 1946 Tables of Organization and Equipment that take into account lessons learned during the last war. Each infantry division is being rebuilt to a modified July 1943 Tables of Organization and Equipment that increase antitank capability while limiting manpower usage. Please see the attached pages for complete break downs for the new armored division.

4. The 18 armored divisions will include all 16 divisions from the last war, plus the 2 former cavalry divisions which will now be designated as the 1st and 2nd Armored Cavalry Divisions. In addition to the 18 planned armored divisions, 119 independent armored battalions will be raised to support the infantry. Also 80 self-propelled anti-tanks battalions will be formed out of the personnel from the former tank destroyer units.

5. So far the only problem of real concern is in a projected shortage of available manpower for combat replacements. In the last war there was a noticeable shortage of available combat replacements for much of 1944 and 1945. This caused the removal of many seemingly redundant support personnel from units for fill combat roles. This in turn had the unintended effect of unbalancing those units, and limiting their combat staying power. It is predicted that this will be an even larger problem during this war possibly starting as early as the summer of 1947. Based on manpower projections by December 1947 the only units that will have a steady surplus of available replacements will be the 3 segregated colored divisions. As we are already facing a huge manpower disadvantage against the Russians we must become more flexible in our staffing policies. To address this issue it is recommended that immediately the regulations be amended to allow all citizens not of the colored race to serve in regular Army divisions. This action will allow a larger available draft age manpower pool starting in winter 1946. Furthermore it is recommended that further battalion and regimental size segregated colored combat units be raised and assigned in an as needed bases to Regular Army divisions.
General J. L. Devers
Army Ground Forces

Amendment 1

Summary of revised April 1946 Armored T/O & E:

1. Armored Division:
1 Division HQ Battalion
1 Heavy Tank Battalion (90mm gun tanks)
3 Medium Tank Battalions (76mm gun tanks)
4 Armored Infantry Battalions
1 Armored Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
3 Armored Field Artillery Battalions (105mm)
1 Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron
1 Armored Medical Battalion
1 Ordnance Maintenance Battalion
1 Armored Engineer Battalion
1 Signal Company
1 Antitank GMC Company
1 Antiaircraft automatic gun Company

Arming Spain by Mad Missouri




21 August 1946

FROM: General Campbell, Chief of Ordnance
TO: General Eisenhower, Chief of Staff


a.*The first large scale shipments of weapons and equipment to the Spain were completed 19 August. Here is a summary of what each was sent:
(1) M1 Helmets, with liners: 40,000
(2) Pistol, Caliber 9mm, Inglis HP: 2000
(3) Pistol, Caliber .45, 1911A1: 2500
(4) Rifle, Caliber .30, M1903A3: 15,000
(5) Rifle, Caliber .30, M1903A4: 500
(6) Rifle, Caliber .30, M1: 35,000
(7) Carbine, Caliber .30, M1: 15,000
(8) Machine Gun, Caliber .30, M1919A4: 2000
(9) Machine Gun, Caliber .50, M2HB: 500
(10) Sub-machine Gun, Caliber .45, M1/M1A1: 5000
(11) 2.36 inch Rocket Launcher M1/M1A1/M9: 4000
(12) Mortar, Caliber 60mm, M2: 4000
(13) Mortar, Caliber 81mm, M1: 2000
(14) Howitzer, 75mm, M3A3 carriage: 300
(15) Gun Motor Carriage, 75mm, M8: 80
(16) Gun, 155mm, M1917/M1918: 30
(17) Gun Motor Carriage, 155mm, M12: 8
(18) Howitzer, 105mm, M2A1: 70
(19) Gun Motor Carriage, 105mm, M7: 20
(20) Automatic Gun, 40mm, M1: 150
(21) Gun Anti-Aircraft, 3 inch, M3: 40
(22) Gun Anti-Aircraft, 90mm, M2: 40
(23) Gun Anti-Aircraft, 120mm, M1: 4
(24) Gun, 57mm, M1: 200
(25) Tank, Medium, M4(105): 100
(26) Tank, Medium, M4A3(76)W: 200
(27) Tank, Light, M5: 300
(28) Tank Recovery Vehicle, M31: 10
(29) Armored Car, M8: 200
(30) Truck, ¼ ton, 4x4, (jeep) MB/GPW: 1000
(31) Truck, 2 ½ ton, 6x6, M1 GMC: 500
(32) Truck, 2 ½ ton, 6x6, US6: 1000
(33) Carrier, Personnel, Half-track, M3: 500
(34) Ammunition, 7.92mm, for M43 rifles: 100,000*

b.*Included in the shipments were sufficient quantities of ammunition to sustain all weapons for 20 days of training and 70 days of average combat usage.*

c.*Further shipments besides ammunition resupply will be sent based on the recommendations of Spanish needs given by the Army Ground Forces training teams in country.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Defend Toulouse

The KGB has done it again. The NATO planners are going to attempt a so called carpet bombing operation near Toulouse. We know the date and the location of the strike. The only question is are they able to get units in place in time. We still only have 60 operational jet interceptors and only a few dozen air to sky rockets. Air Marshal Nonikov anticipated this next move and much of the equipment is already in Western Europe and near Paris.

I suggest that we do not use the Trepops for this operation. The fake Tu2s should be enough along with the air to sky rockets to give them a scare. Marshal Novikov was smart to move the equipment. After what happened in Leningrad I don't believe the US will be sending many raids deep into the Mother Land. I've heard that this carpet bombing cannot be done from high altitude so that should be to our advantage. Another reason not to use the Trepops.

I've heard that they have replaced the guidance system of the rockets with an even simpler method. The details are not for me to know. All I care is that they work and break up the blasted formations so our fighters can penetrate their defenses.

That Sergey fellow gave quite a lecture on how things are supposed to work together. Much like ground combat he has designed a combined arms plan. The air to sky rockets make the bombers take a few hits and unnerve the others who must stay in formation. Then the rocket launching heavy fighters and medium bombers move in and launch with the aim of drawing off the fighter escorts and dragging them down to lower levels where our conventional fighters can have the advantage. Hopefully this will also serve to break up the bomber formation and they too will fall prey to the Yak 9s and Lag 7s. Then there are the jet interceptors that will engage any of their jet fighters and if they are not present then they will attack any remaining bombers. The rockets being launched by the heavy fighters and Tu2s will be different too. If unmolested they will be able to break up the bomber formations.

So the escorts are damned if they do and damned if they don't engage them.

Most interesting also is that they have stepped up production of the old Pe8 heavy bomber.

what in the world for. Those things are so obsolete and could not possibly survive against modern air defenses.

All I know is what I heard and that Sergey fellow mumbled something about the Pe8 being used for yet again another purpose.

Yes I was not present but I heard about how strange that little Sergey is. An odd duck as the Limeys would say. Not your normal sort of person from all accounts.

I don't care if he has horns and a tail as long as he is on our side and keeps the Yankee pigs from using their bombers to destroy the Motherland.

I heard he has some kind of fetish for small animals.

Ha what can you do with a small animal? Now I know what you can do with a sheep and have seen it done many a time.

Sounds like you've been away from your wife too long comrade.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Decoy Missiles

Why do we continue to do this senseless work? These don't even look correct Dmitri. Anyone could tell by just walking up to them that they are not real.

Shut up and hand me that wrench idiot. They are not meant to be just walked up upon hence the guards.

Two dozen workers are finishing up the last assembly of what looks to be rockets. Hundreds of rockets stationed all around the city of Minsk. The "rockets" look like small versions of the German V2. They are replicas of the same missiles that were used in defending Leningrad. The same sites are being developed throughout the USSR. First in the cities most likely to be hit by strategic bombers flying from England.

In a factory near the Urals Studebaker trucks are being modified with what seem to be mobile units replacing the Katuska rocket launchers. Most are also fake but a number of them are real. These fake missiles are of course meant to be seen and reported. Reported as being evidence of a massive defensive ring around most of the major Soviet cities and strategic targets that are within reach of the fighter escorts of the Allies flying from England.

The plan is to make it seem that every major city and even the rear areas and supply lines are similarly defended. The hope is that there is no large scale testing of these systems as the vast majority are just hollow shells that will never leave the ground. Stalin, Sergey and the Stavka are all counting on this bluff to hold for at least the next 6 months. Just until the real defense is operational.

Already the major industrial sites that are still located beyond the Urals and have a credible threat. It is predicted that the missile systems around the sites will be able to have a 5 or hopefully 10% hit rate. That combined with the new jet interceptors being produced should be able to make any large scale strategic bombing campaign very costly. Not impossible but very costly.

It is said that the NATO allies will not put up with massive losses, especially the USA. It is felt that with a combination of propaganda and mounting losses, any bombing campaign will be halted by the will of the American people and Europe will become the true workers paradise that Marx envisioned so long ago.

That's what they say anyway.