Army & Navy: The Soldiers' Temper

U.S. troops, on maneuvers last week, exceeded the hopes of their officers. The soldiers were serious, even grim.

The first Army exercises were fought out in North Carolina and Louisiana. Men slogged through river mud throwing pontoon bridges across turgid rivers. They trudged down back roads in flanking maneuvers, dust caking sweaty faces. They took cover (as they did not last year) when strafing "enemy" planes swooped over. They used motorized, mechanized spearheads, employed fifth columnists to gain objectives.

Chief fault of the U.S. citizen army remained its greenness. That could be mended only under fire. But war had brought valuable fruits to...

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