By D. Mortensen
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The XII Fighter and XII Bomber Commands, indeed all Allied air resources, would be available to support TORCH ground forces as determined by the commander-in-chief. Eisenhower came to his command with a long-time interest in aviation support for the ground forces. While he wanted support for the ground forces, he also supported the strategic bombing campaign, directed by Maj. Gen. Carl Spaatz in England, because it would soften up Germany and thus facilitate success in future battles. Given his responsibilities for theater and large strategic concerns, Eisenhower was inclined to see the unity-of-command concept from the theater point of view.
Both in H. H. Arnold Manuscript Collection, box lt2, LOC. ltlt. Futrell, Ideas, pp. S. Army, 1960), pp 16-19; Final Re ort of the Air Cor s Board on Revision to the 5- ear Ex erimentai Program, 23 Jun 39, in Lyons Records large indexed microfilm collection, Historians Office, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB); Ltr, Adjutant General, WD, to Chief, Air Corps, 30 Oct 39, sub: Airplane Replacement and Research and Development Programs, Lyons Records, WPAFB. lt5. J. V. : Sentry Books, 1970), pp.
9, CDF 1939-19lt2, RG 18, NARA. ltO. , Organization of Ground Troops, p. 112. ltl. , Organization of Ground Troops, pp. 110-1lt. lt2. Quoted words from War Department Field Service Regulation, FM 100-15, Larger Units, 29 Jun lt2. See also Futrell, Ideas, p. 66. lt3. Memo, Arnold to CofS, WD, 20 Jul lt2, sub: Ground-Air Support of Armored Forces; Memo, Arnold to SecWar, 23 Oct lt2, sub: Aviation in Support of the Army Ground Forces. Both in H. H. Arnold Manuscript Collection, box lt2, LOC. ltlt.
A Patt. for Joint Opns - WWII Close Air Spt. North Africa by D. Mortensen