Why didn't the President ask for more troops than he did?

The answer was to be found at the Pentagon, where top military men were anxious not to have too much mobilization too fast. Their argument went thus: it would be chaotic to throw millions of men into uniform without enough weapons to fight with or enough men to train them; to do so would also disturb the production of war goods by robbing defense plants of men before the plants were in shape to replace them. One of General George Catlett Marshall's...

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