Welcome to AGSH. A wargaming blog dedicated to my Dad and the world's most noble hobby; collecting toy soldiers. Here toy soldiers clash in great battles from scales of 3mm to 54mm. Also the historical records of the imaginary states of the 6mm Republic of Prussia, the Kingdom of Aksum, the Principality of Huack, the Khedivate of Turkoslavia and the Duchy of Saxe-Huack.

"Truly it can be said of him, without count are his soldiers & beyond measure his might." - Prince Edward in reference to Lord Butler & his invasion force departing London for Mars.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Lt. Col. Arthur C. Butler, United States Army

Introducing Lieutenant Colonel Arthur C. Butler, U.S. Army.  Colonel Butler began his army career upon graduation from West Point in May 1930, graduating 12th in his class of 129.  Upon graduation he was assigned to the Infantry School at Fort Benning GA.  Afterwards he was assigned to the 28th Infantry Regiment at Fort Sill under General McNair.

In 1932 1st Lt Butler was sent along with Captain Mark Clark to Paraguay as military observers to study the Chaco-War.  The evening prior to the battle of En Crisito General Juan Menjares inquired to Captain Clark as to his advice on the tactical situation his brigade was facing the next day.  Captain Clark gave a polite political answer to avoid giving assistance.  The General nodded and then asked Lt. Butler, whom looked over the Generals shoulder to Captain Clark whom nodded.  Arthur described the battlefield pointing out a large hill and a forest, indicating that he would order a company to take that hill to deny its use to the enemy while at the same time ordering another company into the woods and on the flank of the enemy.  Upon the main forces engaging with the main body pushing forward towards the enemy he would have the company on the hill attack the enemy flank while the company in the woods made about to attack the enemy rear.  General Menjares intrigued retorted that this would place the rear attacking company in too great a danger from both the enemy and his main force.  To which the Lieutenant responded "Sir, this is war, the danger to the company is acceptable and required for victory."  The General nodded.

The next day the American observers watched the battle from their post and saw that the General had employed the Lt's tactics and won a decisive victory.  The General awarded both company commanders who led their men in the flank and rear attacks medals for valor and awarded a less conspicuous medal to Lt. Butler and Captain Clark so as not to denote their involvement in the war.

In 1934 Arthur was posted to the Philippines and after a year was promoted to Captain and received his first command as Commanding Officer Bravo Company 7th Infantry Regiment.  Captain Butler spent most of his time using the library there instead of drinking or shooting pool as most of the soldiers did.

In 1938 Captain Butler was sent back to West Point where he assigned to the Tactics Faculty as well as teaching classes on military history.  His time here was the brightest spot so far of his army career.  He loved and reveled in it.  While at West Point Captain Butler wrote several Army training manuals and a book on Combined Arms Warfare at the Regiment and Brigade Levels.  In 1941 Captain Butler was promoted to Major and assigned to the staff of newly promoted Brigadier General Mark Clark and was sent to Louisiana for the Army Maneuvers.  Here Major Butler shined, his tactical brilliance assisting General Clarks brigade to victory after victory in the maneuvers.

In 1942 General Clark was promoted to Major General and given command of II Corps, this brought another promotion for Major Butler to Lieutenant Colonel and Clark awarded him with command of the newly ordered 188th Regimental Combat Team.  He wanted his protege to gain combat leadership experience.  The Army assigned II Corps to Africa to fight alongside the British in South Africa to stop the German and Italian Afrika Korps advance from taking Kenya and the rest of Southern Africa.

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