In this Issue:
Joint Planning for Global Warfare
The Development of the Rainbow Plans in the United States, 1938–1941
By Mark E. Grotelueschen
"Useful Information with Regard to the Military Service in General"
The U.S. Army's Delafield Commission and Its Reports
By John R. Maass
U.S. Army Art Spotlight: Art in the Trenches
The World War I Paintings of Samuel Johnson Woolf (Part 2)
CMH - Publications
Army History Magazine
Fall 2015 Edition
CMH, September 2015
The Fall 2015 issue of Army History features two studious articles from talented authors. The opening piece, by Mark E. Grotelueschen, illuminates the development of the Rainbow plans in the years leading up to U.S. entry into World War II. These complex contingencies were designed by officers of the Army's and Navy's War Plans Divisions in response to increasing Japanese aggression in the Far East and the looming threat of another war in Europe. Although fallible, these strategic roadmaps were invaluable in the tumultuous early days of 1942. And while Rainbow's architects made a number of incorrect assumptions, their plans left the United States much better prepared than it would have been without them.
The second article, by John R. Maass, is a brief examination of the U.S. Army's Delafield Commission. Named after the commission's senior officer, Maj. Richard Delafield, this three-member team was constituted by Secretary of War Jefferson Davis and dispatched in April 1855 to observe the fighting on the Crimean Peninsula. The group's most junior member was a 28-year-old captain named George B. McClellan. The three officers produced individual reports after their return to the United States in April 1856. Covering every conceivable military aspect of European armies at the time, it is not hard to recognize the impact these written accounts had on the antebellum Army. Original copies of two of these volumes, McClellan's and Delafield's, were recently "rediscovered" by a librarian at the Center of Military History. This issue's Army Art Spotlight again looks at the work of Samuel Johnson Woolf. A continuation of the First World War artwork displayed in the Spring 2015 (No. 95) issue of Army History, we are pleased to present another eleven paintings. Many of which, like before, are published here for the first time.
In his final Chief's Corner, Dr. Richard Stewart discusses what it takes and means to be the Army's Chief Historian. This issue also contains a crop of excellent and thought-provoking book reviews. As always, I invite readers to submit articles, inquire about book reviews, and send us their comments on this publication.
Bryan J. Hockensmith