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  • #76
    The reason the US Army was sending national guard troops to fill out the Philippine Division into a standard triangular division had to do with the pay Filipino soldiers already in it got. This was several times what the Philippine Army paid and there was considerable animosity between the two over that. So, to avoid the problem, the US Army chose not to recruit additional Filipinos into service and use US troops instead.

    The big mistake made in the employment of armor in the PI was lack of logistic and engineering support. The tanks in particular were often too heavy for local bridges. This resulted in the loss of many tanks when they couldn't use a bridge to cross a river, creek, etc., or other obstacle.

    But, the overall biggest issue was the US Army was operating at a peacetime pace. There was no urgency to get things done. The Army also neglected critical items like engineering support for construction of facilities and other infrastructure.

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    • #77
      Originally posted by Carl Schwamberg View Post
      That battalion was originally embarked for the Pensacola Convoy, scheduled to arrive in PI in January. It was equipped with 75mm caliber guns, I don't recall which specific model. They & a few other units ready were dispatched to Australia & other destinations in the South Pacific. Some ended up in New Caledonia & eventually became part of the American Caledonia Division - Americal Div formed later in 1942.
      You're think of these units:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pensacola_Convoy

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      • #78
        Originally posted by Carl Schwamberg View Post
        That battalion was originally embarked for the Pensacola Convoy, scheduled to arrive in PI in January. It was equipped with 75mm caliber guns, I don't recall which specific model. They & a few other units ready were dispatched to Australia & other destinations in the South Pacific. Some ended up in New Caledonia & eventually became part of the American Caledonia Division - Americal Div formed later in 1942.
        The US Army was using the old French 1895 as artillery until the new production 105's came into service. The National Guard Regiment that ended up in Northern Australia was broken up into separate Battalions there. They would have been built in the US.

        Pruitt
        Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

        Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

        by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"

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        • #79
          Originally posted by Pruitt View Post
          The US Army was using the old French 1895 as artillery until the new production 105's came into service. The National Guard Regiment that ended up in Northern Australia was broken up into separate Battalions there. They would have been built in the US.

          Pruitt
          They would have had the M1897A4



          Improvements included a split trail carriage with rubber tires for tractor / truck towing with elevation increased from 16 degrees to 45 degrees

          The older M1897A2 was being used for training by 1941.

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