Camp Hulen Tx, Hampton Roads Va, and Louisiana: 1941. Hard Cover. 8vo. The journal's binding is sound although slightly cocked and with cracked hinges. Clean pages with legible entries. Cover has some edge wear. 16 Real Photo Postcards of the 211th in Texas and Louisiana accompany the journal. Very Good. Item #008380
Lt. Howard's journal spans the entire year during which he and his unit, F Battery of the 211th (Massachusetts) Coastal Artillery Regiment (Anti-Aircraft) underwent training at Camp Hulen (a major Coastal Artillery training base) and Hampton Roads, as well as his unit's participation in the famous Louisiana Maneuvers. It concludes with entries regarding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the 211th's immediate deployment by rail to California where it manned positions defending San Francisco and Oakland. Two months of entries, August and September, describe the Louisiana Maneuvers where over 400,000 soldiers tested emerging doctrine, tactics, organizations, and equipment in preparation to fight the German Army if necessary. Many of Howard's comments reflect the frustrations of a company-level commander in an underfunded peacetime army just beginning to gear up for war, and they focus on facilities, colonels and generals, dressings-down, weapons systems, maintaining discipline, training, epidemics, bureaucracy, mud, and more. At one point he declares, "Boy, if Hitler comes here we will beat him to death with signs and paperwork. We have little else."