Academic journal article Military Review

Every Inch A Soldier: Augustine Warner Robins and the Building of U.S. Airpower

Academic journal article Military Review

Every Inch A Soldier: Augustine Warner Robins and the Building of U.S. Airpower

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EVERY INCH A SOLDIER: Augustine Warner Robins and the Building of U.S. Airpower by William Head. 289 pages. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, TX. 1995. $45.(X).

Over the last 10 years, aviation historians have focused their attention on military biography. Although William Head's paean to the father of Air Force logistics, Augustine Warner Robins (1882 to 1940), is another addition to the genre, it is not what it pretends to be. Every Anch a Soldier is a scholarly, well-crafted history of the US Army's aviation arm before 1941, with a particular emphasis on logistics.

It is not, however, a three-dimensional portrait of Robins as an individual, nor does it describe in concrete detail the logistic reforms he began at the Air Corps Materiel Division and related organizations.

In 1919, Robins orchestrated the postwar Army Air Service demobilization. Because of his efforts, his future was set. For most of the 1920s, he commanded the Fairfield Air Depot near Dayton, Ohio, which supported the supply, repair and engineering requirements of 24 bases. Subsequently, Robins served as the Air Corps Materiel Division's deputy commander (1931 to 1933) and commander (1935 to 1939). The division developed and tested new equipment; distributed and maintained needed parts; formulated industrial mobilization plans for future war; and fulfilled many other requirements. …

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