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Alexandria in Rapides Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Louisiana Maneuvers

 
 
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By Lee Hattabaugh, November 17, 2010
1. Louisiana Maneuvers Marker
Inscription. In 1940 Lt. Gen. Stanley D. Embrick of the U.S. Army Fourth Corps Area, Atlanta, Ga., selected central Louisiana as site of training maneuvers to prepare American forces for possible involvement in war in Europe. Louisiana's 1941 maneuvers were the Army's largest peacetime training exercise. Approximately 400,000 troops were divided into armies of two imaginary countries: "Kotmk" (Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri and Kentucky) and "Almat" (Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee), supposedly at war over Mississippi River navigation rights. These maneuvers allowed Army strategists to test conventional defenses attacked by armored vehicles. Maj. Gen. George Patton's tanks pushed back conventionally-armed defenders but failed to achieve a spectacular victory. Army commanders also encountered reconnaissance and troop supply problems expected in battlefield conditions and thus had several months to formulate solutions before the U.S. entered World War II. The Army conducted smaller scale maneuvers in 1942 and 1943 in the same area, but cancelled 1944 exercises to allow troops to participate in the D-Day invasion of Europe. In addition to Patton, military leaders who visited central Louisiana during the maneuvers included Joseph Stillwell, Dwight Eisenhower, Omar Bradley, Mark Clark and J. Lawton Collins. Many of these headquartered
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By Lee Hattabaugh, November 17, 2010
2. Louisiana Maneuvers Marker
Marker is between the staircases.
at the Hotel Bentley.
 
Erected by Johnson Brown Post 1736 - Veterans of Foreign Wars.
 
Location. 31° 18.728′ N, 92° 26.705′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Louisiana, in Rapides Parish. Marker is on DeSoto Street north of 3rd Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria LA 71301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hotel Bentley (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Rapides Bank Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rapides Parish Governors (about 300 feet away); Thomas Courtland Manning (about 400 feet away); Alexandria (about 400 feet away); Red River (about 400 feet away); The Guaranty Eagles (about 400 feet away); Post-Civil War Alexandria (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Hotel Bentley. (Submitted on November 23, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.)
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, World II
 
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By Lee Hattabaugh, November 17, 2010
3. Louisiana Maneuvers Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 23, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 810 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 23, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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