J. F. C. Fuller (Magill’s Guide to Military History)
Article abstract: Military significance: Best known for his writings on military history, Fuller wrote extensively on tank usage and combined arms warfare and completed a number of influential books on important military leaders and battles throughout history.
J. F. C. Fuller’s early career included a year at Sandhurst and action in the Boer Wars. He served in India and England until winning acceptance to the Staff College in 1913. During World War I, Fuller held a number of undistinguished posts, but in 1916, he was transferred to the headquarters of the new Tank Corps. Fuller’s career blossomed in the new position. He masterminded the use of tanks at the Battle of Cambrai in November, 1917, and this success convinced the army to establish a tank branch of the general staff, to be headed by Fuller, in July, 1918. By this time, Fuller and his staff had already developed “Plan 1919,” an ambitious battle plan that called for a highly mobile and quick-striking tank corps to slash deep into enemy territory.
Between the wars, Fuller continued his involvement with armored doctrine. He pushed the army to mechanize its forces and capitalize on other technological advancements, particularly the airplane and wireless communications. Fuller officially retired from the army in 1933 but continued writing on his own. He published ten books between 1933 and 1939, including Memoirs of an Unconventional Soldier (1936)....
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