Army & Navy: War Babies

The first cellular growth of the new U.S. Army was complete before Pearl Harbor. More than 1,700,000 men were under arms, had been parceled out to tactical divisions, behind-the-lines outfits, housekeeping commands. Last week the cells were in division; the Army was off on another multiplication process. Lieut. General Lesley James McNair announced that he would form 32 more fighting divisions during 1942. General McNair's word was "activation"—military lingo for the birth of a new outfit in all the complex panoply of modern weapons, modern organization. He announced that three new divisions would be activated in March, two in May,...

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