In this Issue:
The Yankee Division in the Underground Cities of
World War I
By Alisha Hamel and Paul X. Rutz
Problems in Australian Civil-Military Relations The Defence Central Camouflage Committee, 1940–1943
By Kevin Davies
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This issue of Army History presents two articles on very disparate topics. The first offers a rare glimpse into the lives of American soldiers on the Western Front during World War I. Authors Alisha Hamel and Paul Rutz examine the carvings made by members of the 26th Division while housed in underground quarries and caverns in France. These soldiers left their literal impressions in the rock and provided us with a snapshot frozen in time. Beyond what portraits or service records could tell us about these men, the engravings in
these French caves are more personal in nature and offer access to the soldiers’ thoughts and feelings.
The next article looks at the age-old topic of civil-military relations through a rather unique lens. Probably unknown to most American readers, author Kevin Davies introduces us to the Australian Defence Central Camouflage Committee (DCCC). Composed of an array of civilian scientists, artists, and others, it was tasked with implementing a national strategic camouflage policy in the early days of World War II. Almost from the beginning, the DCCC was met with consternation and trepidation from the branches of the Australian armed forces. Although the DCCC was operating under a mandate from the civilian government, the military—particularly the Australian Army—pushed back. It saw the responsibility for camouflaging its installations as solely within its purview.
In place of the regular Army Art or Artifact Spotlight, this issue furnishes an interesting look at how a unit’s history and heritage can influence the design of its insignia. This piece also highlights the role a command’s history office and museum can play in revising a unit’s heraldry.
In the Chief’s Corner, Charles Bowery discusses his plans for a new Army Historical Enterprise. This endeavor is intended to streamline our strategic historical efforts, gain the most value from diminished resources, and strengthen the Army historical community’s shared purpose through increased collaboration. As always, this issue features an excellent crop of engaging book
I continue to invite our readers to send us articles on the history of the Army and encourage constructive comments about this publication.
Bryan J. Hockensmith