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Military Money : A Fiscal History of the U.S. Army Overseas in World War II - Walter Rundell

Military Money

A Fiscal History of the U.S. Army Overseas in World War II

Paperback Published: 1st December 1980
ISBN: 9781585440313
Number Of Pages: 312

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During World War II, the U.S. Army Finance Department disbursed approximately $176 billion. To fulfill that task Finance had to coordinate activities with foreign governments as well as other branches of the U.S. government and military branches. The department’s first priority was paying the troops, but payments to contractors, vendors, and native laborers were also important.

War caught the Finance Department unprepared. Its procedures, designed for a stationary organization in peacetime, were applied without adaptation to a highly mobile wartime operation. A routine assignment such as paying troops became immensely difficult with troops scattered over large areas. Even the best efforts of personnel could not prevent lapses in service under such conditions, and fiscal administration could never keep pace with tactical innovations.

This is the first study of this important topic and the first critical analysis of the army’s use of unsuitable procedures and its lack of planning to cope with the extraordinary fiscal problems presented by World War II. The book points out the need for a realistic appraisal of the army’s fiscal obligations during combat and an accompanying change in procedures.

Prefacep. xi
Abbreviationsp. xv
Finance Administrationp. 3
Fiscal Diplomacy: Coordination and Liaisonp. 39
Budgeting and Accountingp. 70
Fundingp. 94
Funding for Invasions and Intelligencep. 114
Paying Troopsp. 134
Paying Civiliansp. 157
Paying Prisoners of Warp. 179
Currency Exchangep. 200
Troop Lifep. 227
Conclusionp. 242
Bibliographyp. 247
Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9781585440313
ISBN-10: 1585440310
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 1st December 1980
Publisher: TEXAS A & M UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 15.37  x 2.11
Weight (kg): 0.51