Intelligence Bulletin

When Napoleon said, “Every soldier carries a marshal’s baton in his knapsack,” he was unwittingly portraying the actual conditions of modern warfare, for today it is literally true that in the field of combat the individual soldier or squad leader may find himself in a position where he must make decisions which may have a direct bearing on the ultimate outcome of a particular engagement. In order that the American soldier as well as the junior officer may be fully informed as to the enemy’s methods and practices so that in an emergency he may be able to make as accurate an estimate as possible of a situation, the Military Intelligence Service is undertaking the collection and dissemination of information which will be of value to him for this purpose. Owing to the character of the material contained in the intelligence bulletin, it has been necessary to classify it as “restricted.” It is the hope, however, that it will be possible to permit of its general use by all enlisted personnel and junior officers, as it is designed primarily to serve as a vehicle for the dissemination, for their benefit, of the latest information received from Military Intelligence sources. ……. The format for the Intelligence Bulletin is 5-1/2″ x 7-3/4″ with 74 to 100 pages. Original distribution of the bulletins was 150 copies per division, which averaged 6 copies per battalion.

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