The pamphlet explains how the branch can assist units with matters pertaining to their organizational history, and it also covers other government agencies that can support this endeavor. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History. Museum Studies, Programs in the United States and Abroad.
It is hoped that this pamphlet will be of value to commanders and encourage them to use organizational history to enhance troop morale and foster esprit de corps to increase individual and group motivation and interest, and to promote public pride in and respect for organizations of the United States Army. BROWN Brigadier General, USA Chief of Military History v Back to Top When a man or woman enters the Army he or she does more than just put on a uniform.
These changes give added impetus to the need for a well-rounded military history program because history can serve as a vehicle for imparting a sense of continuity and stability during times of flux. Sold by the Superintendent of Documents, PO Box 371954, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15250-7954. This series of sixteen posters depicts units in action during such operations as the Remagen Bridgehead, the Battle of Chippewa, and the Breakthrough at Chipyong-Ni.
Military history serves to inspire soldiers and give them pride in their profession. Administration, A Bibliography on Historical Organization Practices. In addition, commanders would do well to remember that individual soldiers themselves are good sources of material for building morale. Their deeds, courage, gallantry under fire, and other attributes are genuine story material. The American Way of War: A History of United States Military Strategy and Policy. Often the organization's motto contains the theme of an excellent story about a former member or a significant episode in its history. The motto, "Stand Fast," of the 155th Infantry, Mississippi Army National Guard, perpetuates the spirit of the Mississippians during the Mexican War. In a similar vein, the special designation or official nickname granted to a unit might reflect the story of a former member or special deed. Both books abound in examples of notable individual achievements. The story of these dramatic exploits, tied in with the organization's overall history, forms the background of esprit de corps. The unit historian should organize all available information about the unit and how it relates to its branch and the Army at large. He or she should learn what the unit's symbols represent and get human interest stories connected with them. Prominent former members are sometimes available to address the units, thus inspiring a sense of the past. Commanders of smaller organizations often find it harder to achieve the same goals, for they have neither the large staffs nor as easy an 1 access to published materials.