Alexander the Great: His Armies and Campaigns 334-323 BC by Nicholas Sekunda

By Nicholas Sekunda

Upon the assassination of his father King Philip II in the summertime of 336 BC - whereas planning for an invasion of Persia - Alexander took over the reigns of strength of a now united Greece. whilst he led his mixed Macedonian and Greek military into Asia a 12 months later he begun the best occupation of army conquest in global historical past. In 11 brief years he overcame the may possibly of the Persian Empire and campaigned around the face of the identified global. during this blend of 2 of Osprey's so much profitable titles, Men-at-Arms 148 the military of Alexander the good and crusade 7 Alexander 334-323 BC: Conquest of the Persian Empire, eminent students of the Classical global - Nick Sekunda and John Warry - describe intimately the make up of Alexander's military, and the process his epic campaigns.

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This zone was, in turn, broken down into a series of base sections and an advance section that controlled operations immediately behind the field armies. Lieutenant General J. C. H. Lee of the Army Service Forces commanded the Services of Supply in Europe. In addition, he was deputy commander for American forces in theater, second in rank only to Eisenhower. Lee had blanket procurement and contracting authority. He had been selected by General Brehon Somervell, the hard-working, if very bureaucratic and empire-building, head of Services of Supply, and by General Marshall.

The Free French and the Americans entered Paris, 140 kilometers east of Falaise, on the 25th. Patton’s spearheads crossed the Meuse, 260 kilometers east of Paris, on the 30th. Initial kudos for rapid exploitation rightly were given to Patton and his Third Army. Toward the end of August, 21st Army Group’s advance began to accelerate. In late August, Lieutenant General Brian Horrocks’s 30 Corps, part of British Second Army, raced across northern France with 12 Corps in van. Dempsey’s third formation, 8 Corps, was grounded back on the Seine so that its transport could be used for resupply.

Logistics · 23 First and Third Armies each burned about 400,000 gallons a day in their run across France. 6 Petroleum tonnage is often excluded from port discharge totals because it is handled in segregated pumping facilities. The greatest percentage of ammunition tonnage goes to the artillery. In operations around Aachen, First Army fired 300,000 rounds of 105mm ammo. Each weighed about 60 pounds crated. That equals about two shiploads just for the 105s. And First Army’s fire plan during this period was constrained by shortage of available rounds.

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