Academic journal article Military Review

"Van Fleet Loads"

Academic journal article Military Review

"Van Fleet Loads"

Article excerpt

Spring 1951. Aggressive US leadership was paying dividends on the Korean Peninsula. Chinese Communist tactics had become as predictable to US troops as ours had been to them several months earlier. When it became apparent that the Chinese were preparing a major offensive in the X Corps area, the new Eighth US Army commander, General James Van Fleet, canceled his own planned drive and prepared to receive the enemy on ground of his choosing. Using World War II standards, he considered his army short 70 artillery battalions, but he saw an opportunity to eliminate much of the Chinese infantry in Korea.

Van Fleet had his staff calculate the maximum amount of ammunition that could be fed into the coming battle with the trucks making 60-mile round-trips from ammo dumps to artillery units. By suspending delivery of other supplies, Eighth US Army could maintain a withering rate of fire for seven days when strained, bombed Chinese logistics would force the Communists to consolidate.

The artillery plan was spectacular. …

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