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THE NATIONAL GUARD IN WAR: AN HISTORICAL ANALYSIS OF
THE 27TH INFANTRY DIVISION (NEW YORK NATIONAL GUARD) IN WORLD WAR II
MASTER OF MILITARY ART AND SCIENCE THESIS APPROVAL PAGE
Name of candidate: Major Charles S. Kaune
THE NATIONAL GUARD IN WAR: AN HISTORICAL ANALYSIS OF THE
27TH INFANTRY DIVISION (NEW YORK NATIONAL GUARD) IN WORLD WAR
A number of conclusions resulted from this study. As was the case with all National Guard divisions, the Congress denied adequate funds to equip or train them to a standard which would enable them to function in War. Once mobilization began the Army systematically disintegrated the National Guard divisions sending it's soldiers to service schools and to other newly activated divisions. The Army's theory that all soldiers were but interchangeable parts that could be inserted anywhere disregarded the major potential contribution of the National Guard. This contribution was the cohesion developed through years of close association. The senior leadership of the National Guard was a particular weakness in both tactical and technical matters and leadership.
The upshot of the study is that the post-mobilization Army failed to capitalize on the strengths of the National Guard, it's cohesion, while permitting it's gravest vulnerability, the ineptitude of the senior leadership.
Report Docmentation Page (Standard Form 298)
New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military