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Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Obstacle Course

 
 
Obstacle Course Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
1. Obstacle Course Marker
Inscription. The World War II-era Obstacle Course was part of the Army’s effort to physically train and prepare recruits for the rigors of combat. The Army’s physical training regimen consisted of different activities including military drill, calisthenics marching, rifle exercises, swimming, personal contests and group athletics. The Obstacle Course was the primary method for developing a recruit’s abilities in running, jumping and climbing.

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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By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
2. Insert - on an obstacle course
stride.”
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
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 (within shouting distance of this marker); Bugler John Cook (within shouting distance of this marker); A Toll Paid in Blood (within shouting distance of this marker); 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
 
Insert - Generals inspiring the troops image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
3. Insert - Generals inspiring the troops
The Obstacle Course image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
4. The Obstacle Course
Why this is located so far away from the WWII Core Area is unexplained.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 75 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 1, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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