World War 2 Top Secret Evaluation of the U.S. Signal Corps stationed in Europe.
A critical if not scolding evaluation of the actions and behavior of the United States Signal Corps by a military observer dated April 29th 1945. This Top Secret report by a military observer details his movement throughout Europe but his personal insights into what is going right and what continues to go wrong for the United States Army. Here is some of his observations:
It has been evident throughout all echelons of the Signal Corps in the European theatre of Operations that efficiency and morale has been lowered due to inability of the Chief Signal Officer to say no and make definite and final decisions... Contacted Major France and visited the French IBM laboratory where the new automatic plotter for the 584 is being manufactured. This laboratory is known as the Compagne Electro Comptable, 22 Avenue du General Michel Bizot. This manufacturing laboratory was formerly located at the IBM factory in Paris but was moved to its present location on the German occupation so as to make less available the personal and equipment to the German war effort. (This is an interesting page in this folder that discusses the first computer used by the military and its capabilities.) White officers are showing a certain amount of fatigue due to continued service with colored troops.
"While Major Clark has stated that they have had no trouble with the colored troops and the local civilian population, there was evidence otherwise. In view of this, the writer agrees with Colonel Riley that white officers assigned to Negro units should be rotated at least once every 15 months. In summation, it is believed that Negro troops under the command of superior white officers can be made to perform useful work for the United States Government. In closing please examine all the photos provided to view additional information in this 10 page report.