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Old 03-15-2013, 02:17 PM   #21
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He might of lost less soldiers, ony because we killed our own in the Battle of the Bulge.


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Old 03-16-2013, 03:33 PM   #22
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Obviously I can't provide all of the information in Manchester's book here on a forum . MacArthur lost so few men because of his strategy . His retaking of the Phillipines is one example : His forces knifed into the Japanese, separating and confusing their units .
In taking Rabaul...wait ! Oh, right. He never took Rabaul, rightly judging it to be too well defended .

He bypassed some islands instead of taking one after another . He let the Japanese suffer malaria and starvation to weaken them before attacking . He used flank attacks . He thought everything out, employed sufficient forces, argued with his superiors for more resources and led from the front . MacArthur's incredible mind contained every scrap on information on Japanese order of battle etc.
There are no "maybes" about it.

Re : Your claim----- When did we kill our own troops in the Battle of the Bulge ?

My understanding is that we lost so many men in one battle due to second-rate troops defending a quiet area and surrendering easily, intelligence failure facilitated by Hitler's radio silence orders, German timing of the attack for bad weather to ground our air forces, German concentration with heavy tanks, surprise and SS ruthlessness / murders .


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[QUOTE=HockaLouis;1176361] His worst decision was to force the M-1 Garand to be a .30-06 instead of the .276 Pedersen which I think we'd STILL be using in the military today if he hadn't screwed that up. [QUOTE]

McArthur vetoed the .276 because he had the foresight to realize that we could not replace all of the 1903s with the new Garands, and replace all machine guns and the tens of billions of rounds of .3-0-06 ammo in the war reserve before WW2 started. Adopting the .276 would have resulted in two different "standard" calibers on the battlefield. This would have been a logistical nightmare.

It was an excellent, and correct decision.

William Manchester was one of the very best biographers of the 20th century. Read "American Caesar."
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McArthur vetoed the .276 because he had the foresight to realize that we could not replace all of the 1903s with the new Garands, and replace all machine guns and the tens of billions of rounds of .3-0-06 ammo in the war reserve before WW2 started. Adopting the .276 would have resulted in two different "standard" calibers on the battlefield. This would have been a logistical nightmare.
MacArthur made the right decision. Adopting the .276 would have complicated the supply system. The US military owned M1917 machine guns in .30 caliber, 1919 machineguns in .30 caliber, BAR rifles in .30 caliber and model 1903 Springfield rifles in .30 caliber.

The Italian and Japanese military struggled with two different calibers throughout WWII.
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