National Affairs: Two Times Two

This week General George Marshall, Chief of Staff and Commander of the U.S. field forces, went hard to work at his most important job: the preservation of the Army of 1,448,500 which his officers were still training, which was not yet fully equipped. Fortnight before, he had asked that Congress extend the one-year terms of service of draftees, National Guard and Reserve officers. He had also laid out the alternative: disbanding the Army before it is a trained field force.

If Soldier Marshall had expected that Congress would hop to this suggestion, he was mistaken. In the week following his report,...

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