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General George C. Marshall House

 
 
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By J. Makali Bruton, December 23, 2017
1. General George C. Marshall House Marker
Inscription.

Marshall House
Named in Honor Of
GEN George C. Marshall
US Army

Awarded Distinguished Service Medal
7981 First Division Road
791

 
Location. 32° 21.443′ N, 84° 56.875′ W. Marker is in Fort Benning, Georgia, in Chattahoochee County. Marker is on First Division Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7981 First Division Road, Fort Benning GA 31905, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Benning - Station Hospital / National Infantry Museum (approx. 0.6 miles away); "The Buffaloes" (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Lafayette Monument (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort Benning / Fort Benning Military Reservation (approx. 0.7 miles away); China Gate (approx. 0.7 miles away); Dwight David Eisenhower (approx. one mile away); "Riverside" (approx. one mile away); Post Headquarters -- JAG (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Benning.
 
Also see . . .  Marshall and the Benning Revolution. "Lt. Col George C. Marshall led the Army’s Infantry School at Fort Benning during the post-World War I period from 1927-1932. When he
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By J. Makali Bruton, December 23, 2017
2. General George C. Marshall House and Marker
was appointed assistant commandant of the Infantry School in 1927 and the Army was a skeleton standing army, he initiated major changes that resulted in a revolution at Fort Benning and the birth of the “Spirit of Benning” that shaped the creation of the Army’s World War II military character and high command. (Mark Stoler, George C. Marshall: Soldier Statesman of the American Century).

Marshall was appalled by the high casualties of World War I caused by what he thought was insufficient training. He was determined to prevent a lack of preparation from costing more lives in future conflicts. He and his subordinates, some considered nonconformists, overhauled both the method and the content of the instruction at Fort Benning. Based on the staff’s recommendations, Marshall advocated a major shift of instructional hours to tactics, including an increasing emphasis on mechanized warfare.

Marshall changed the curriculum from its emphasis on doctrinal principles to stress the art of tactical improvisation and creativity, not rote regurgitation of standard formulas. The practical details of how best to defeat an enemy and how to prepare and to conduct challenging field training were emphasized to enable the officer-student to think clearly about problems of the battlefield without being entangled in elaborate techniques, long planning, and the distribution of elaborate printed orders. (Henry G. Gole, Exposing the Third Reich: Colonel Truman Smith in Hitler’s Germany)

Within a few short years Marshall and his staff remade the Infantry School into an institution that developed flexible, effective leaders for the modern battlefield. Tactical innovativeness, simplicity, and operational flexibility were the result of the Benning Revolution. From 1927-1932, 200 future generals passed through the school, 150 as students and 50 as instructors including Joseph Stillwell, Omar Bradley, W. Bedell Smith, Matthew Ridgway, and J. Lawton Collins. (Forrest Pogue, Marshall: Ordeal and Hope). General Marshall considered these officers and others at Fort Benning to be the most brilliant men he served with during his career. Educated at Fort Benning during the Benning Revolution, they won World War II that Marshall organized for victory.
(Submitted on January 20, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.) 
 
Categories. Military
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 20, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 20, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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