An Instructor would demonstrate the correct method for overcoming one obstacle. The unit would practice the obstacle 3 or 4 times, and then run 100 yards. This process was repeated each day on a different obstacle until all the obstacles on the course were covered. Once the unit had received training on all the obstacles, the Soldiers would run the full course. As they developed proficiency, the soldiers would run the course against time, and eventually carry equipment through the course including rifles and light packs.
In a memoir held by the U.S. Army Military History Institute Charles E. Bennett as a Sergeant with the Reconnaissance Platoon, 82nd Infantry Division (82nd Airborne Division) during World War II:
“Once in a while on the obstacle course I was heartened to see our commanding general, Omar Bradley, and his assistant and successor, Gen. Matthew Ridgeway, take the course in their
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Location. 40° 12.233′ N, 77° 9.563′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Training Center (here, next to this marker); Model 1857 Light 12 Pound Gun-Howitzer (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Bugler John Cook (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); A Toll Paid in Blood (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Drummer Jarvis Hanks (within shouting distance of this marker); The Carlisle Forge (within shouting distance of this marker); A Soldier Story (within shouting distance of this marker); A Century of Protection (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
Categories. • War, World II •
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