The George C. Marshall Papers


George C. Marshall Tactical Problem

Tactical Problem No. 1 for Company D., Signal Corps, and attached officers.

The orders of the Division Commander and a brief outline of the essential details of the orders of his principal subordinates, are given.[1] With these as a basis the company will be disposed so as to furnish the communication desired.
Attached officers will be designated to act as commanders of the several fractions of the command.[2]
They will be required to make decisions and give such commands from time to time as the situation may require, and they are particularly charged with keeping track of the length of the columns, where the heads of the various elements are, etc., for the information of the Signal Troops.
The rate of march per hour of the imaginary troops of the Division will be taken as 2½ miles for infantry and 3½ to 8 miles for cavalry.
The tent of The Chief Signal Officer will be considered as that of the Chief Staff for the purpose of the problem.
G. C. Marshall, Jr.
NA/RG 111 (Maneuver Division)
    [1]Attached Field Order No. 1, written by Marshall, is not printed.
    [2]Marshall, acting as "Colonel D., Chief of Staff," designated the three army pilots as umpires to keep the maneuver running properly. Lieutenant Benjamin D. Foulois was "Brigadier General E" assigned to the Independent Cavalry Brigade and commanding the wireless platoon. Lieutenant John C. Walker, Jr., was "Brigadier General A" with the Right Column, and Lieutenant G. E. M. Kelly (killed on May 10 in a plane crash) acted as "Brigadier General B" with the Left Column.