On Point

summer 2024

On the Cover

Mead Schaeffer’s 1943 poster, created for the Ordnance Department features an 105mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M7. (Library of Congress)

For more information, check out an article 105mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M7 by James Lankford in this issue of On Point.

Inside this issue

Reader comments on the M102 105mm Howitzer and General Bruce Clarke articles that appeared in the Spring 2024 issue, as well as thoughts on digital On Point.

Irvin McDowell, often overlooked by Civil War historians, was a true, loyal, and dutiful soldier who was not always placed in positions that utilized his many talents as a military bureaucrat and planner. He lacked the skills of a battlefield commander, and he made critical errors at key moments.

On 13 April 1863, while on a short leave in Illinois, Colonel Benjamin H. Grierson was handed a telegram from Major General Stephen A. Hurlbut, commander of the Union garrison in Memphis, Tennessee.

“We Remained” were the words proudly declared by then-Major Russell Volckmann’s command. When the Japanese invaded the Philippines in December 1941, Volckmann and his men fought back, and when Bataan fell, Volckmann and a handful of others refused to surrender and escaped the Bataan Death March.

While the 63d’s time in combat in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) was relatively brief—119 days—the 63d Division played an important part in bolstering the U.S. Seventh Army in its final push into Nazi Germany and the eventual Allied victory in May 1945.

Fort Wool has played an important role in America’s history, yet even the fort’s current existence has faded from America’s memory.

At the outbreak of World War II, the U.S. Army was ill-prepared for the mechanized, maneuver warfare employed by the German Wehrmacht. The M7 105mm Howitzer Motor Carriage was a weapon system specifically developed by the Army for this new type of mobile warfare.

Take a journey through summers of yore with this issue’s Army Almanac, featuring thirty-plus important dates in Army history.

Carl E. “Gene” Snyder created works in a variety of media, including several pieces focusing on Army peacekeeping and humanitarian missions overseas.

This summer’s Stray Rounds includes brief articles about the Behind the Stars project, a POW/MIA burial, the endangered battlefields, and more,