The Signal Corps

The Signal Corps : The Emergency (to December 1941)

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The more mobile an armed force becomes, the more rugged the terrain it encounters, or the more widely the force is deployed, the greater becomes the difficulty of securing and maintaining rapid, completely linked communications. In the U.S. Army the Signal Corps is the agency charged with developing, procuring, and furnishing signal equipment to overcome the difficulties mentioned above. In an age of swift and startling progress in electronics, this phase of its mission demands that it keep abreast of scientific advances at home and abroad and maintain close ties with civilian laboratories and industry in order to take advantage of their capabilities. This volume traces the course which the Signal Corps followed between the first and second world wars, a period of planning and preparation. Others to follow will recount the testing of the Corps' organization and equipment, and the results achieved at home and overseas. The author has dealt with the subject on a chronological basis, instead of following the topical treatment used in other technical service volumes. This broad-front approach has enabled him to weave into one pattern the many activities in which the Signal Corps was simultaneously engaged. The reader can here follow from birth the history of Army radar and mobile radio, the first steps taken in the conversion of the civilian communications industry to war production, the expansion of training facilities, and the beginnings of the far-flung communications network that eventually encircled the globe. He will see the uncertainties of planning and the difficulties of organization incident to rapidly changing conditions, meager appropriations, and the clash of interest within the military household. These and many other matters showing human beings and institutions under pressure are replete with significance to us who must live in a turbulent world where revolution tends to have the upper hand over more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 177.8 x 254 x 23.11mm | 861.82g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514809761
  • 9781514809761

About Dulany Terrett

Dr. Dulany Terrett was born and reared in Montana and at present lives in Washington, D. C. He holds a Ph.B. in English from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University, where he served on the faculty from 1936 to 1942. During World War II he was an Air Corps officer with the Flying Training Command and the Air Transport Command. In the latter capacity, he wrote the history of the Air Transport Command in Brazil and Ascension Island. Upon his discharge in 1946, he became the Signal Corps chief historian, first in the Office of the Chief Signal Officer and then in the Office of the Chief of Military History. In 1952 he resigned in order to become a more