Manual for Commanders of Infantry Platoons

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Admin/Biog History William Wakeman Hackett was born in Oshkosh January 25, 1894. His parents were Carrie Wakeman and Richard H. Hackett, Sr. He attended the Training School and Oshkosh Normal School before studying at Phillips Exeter in New Hampshire. In World War I he graduated and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant from the Officer's Training Camp at Little Rock, Arkansas and sailed for France with the 121st Field Artillery, 32nd Division in January 1918. His battery saw action in two battles. He returned to the US in October 1918 where he was commissioned Captain of the newly formed 54th Field Artillery at Camp Travis, Texas. He was discharged February 27, 1919. He remained in the Army Reserve until his death and rose to the rank of Major in the 377th Artillery. He was a travelling salesman following the war, but was active with the Yacht Club and the American Legion. In 1933 he became ill while on maneuvers and returned to Oshkosh where he died six weeks later.
Classification Archives
Collection William Wakeman Hackett
Dates of Accumulation 1917
Abstract "Manual for Commanders of Infantry Platoons" translated from the French at the Army War College. It is inscribed inside "2nd Lieutenant Wakeman Hackett" and stamped on the front, "121st Regt. Field Artillery" (32nd Division). This manual contains basic information that had been developed by the French Army over years of Trench Warfare. It includes instructions on how to dig trenches and bunkers, laying barbed wire, use of grenades, and many other tactics. Profusely illustrated (click right arrow on image management to view).
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG70.6.1
Object Name Book
People Hackett, William Wakeman
Subjects 32nd Division
World War I
Artillery (Troops)
Trench warfare
Barbed wire
Military education
Military policy
Military tactics
Military training
Title Manual for Commanders of Infantry Platoons
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