War Expenditures (Volume 1, Pts. 1-21); Hearings Before Subcommittee No. 2 (Camps) Sisty-Sixth Congress on War Expenditures by United States Department
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920. Excerpt: ... CAMPS. 11 Mr. Mckenzie. At any rate, you were utilizing the training fields that we had at that time, such as Fort Sill and Fort Riley and Sparta, Wis., and the 10,000 acres at Stifton, Ky., and Tobyhanna, and various other places. And is it not a fact, Mr. Secretary, although it may be somewhat humiliating to us all, that we had more training ground for our artillery than we had cannon to train men with? Secretary Baker. Undoubtedly, at the outset. The men wore here and the cannon had to be made, but we were looking forward to a time when we would have artillery enough to furnish the troops completely. Mr. Mckenzie. Is it not a fact that our artillery took their preliminary training with just simply logs shaped as cannon and went through the maneuvers f Secretary Baker. I neA'er heard of a case like that. It i.iAf be there wore such. Mr. Mckenzie. I had understood that that was true. But I am not criticizing that, because you were buying the cannon on the other side to equip our men as they were shipped over, and they got their final artillery training on the other side; is that true? Secretary Baker. Yes, 1 think that is true in every case. Mr. Mckenzie. That being the situation, Mr. Secretary, I am leading up to a situation which has troubled me considerably. Who made the suggestion that it was necessary, late in the summer of 1918, to go out and establish several permanent artillery firing fields? Secretary Baker. That came from the General Staff, Mr. McKenzie. It was a purely military recommendation. Mr. Mckenzie. When that recommendation came in who made the investigation? Secretary Baker. Well, the General Staff made the investigation--officers in the Army. Mr. Mckenzie. It was decided by them to establish two very large artillery training fields, ...
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