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The division has proved itself a durable organizational concept for the U.S. Army. Despite numerous permutations, it prevailed as the Army's preeminent fighting organization throughout the twentieth century. Its robustness, flexibility, and adaptability have allowed it to absorb and exploit new technologies and doctrinal concepts. This brief history of thedivision examines the changes the division has undergone, exploring the most significant rationales for each step in the evolutionary cycle. It asks important questions about the division's future and recommends serious and intense experimentation to determine whether the division has outlived its usefulness or is still the optimal unit to best serve the Army and the nation.
Table of Contents
Guide to Symbols PDF
Birth of the Modern Division (1910-1911) and the U.S. Army Experience in World War I (1917-1918) PDF
The Interwar Period and World War II PDF
The Pentomic Era (1956-1960) PDF
The Road Division PDF
The Modern Heavy Division PDF
The Light Infantry Division PDF
Division XXI PDF
Personnel Strengths of Selected U.S. Army Divisions PDF