A short history of the United States Navy by George Ramsey Clark; William Oliver Stevens; Carroll Storrs

By George Ramsey Clark; William Oliver Stevens; Carroll Storrs Alden; Herman F Krafft

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Amphibious Renaissance 41 It was too early to elect a supreme commander or his deputy, but Lieutenant-General Morgan was selected to fill the position of Chief of Staff to the Supreme Allied Commander (designate) (COSSAC). Morgan took up his post on 13 April 1943. Mountbatten had wanted to be designated as one of the authorities responsible for the preparation of the invasion plan. However, not being one of the force commanders his responsibility was confined to the provision of technical advice on all aspects of the assault.

49 Captain Louis Mountbatten was in the United States waiting to take command of the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious when he was ordered back to Britain. 50 Under a new directive Mountbatten was appointed Adviser on Combined Operations. Under the general direction of the COS he was to: 1. Act as technical adviser on all aspects of, and at all stages in, the planning and training for combined operations. 2. Be responsible for co-ordinating the general training policy for Combined Operations for the three services.

In order to supplement British production 135 ‘R’ Craft (later Landing Craft, Personnel (Large) (LCP(L)) were ordered from the Eureka Tug Boat Company of New Orleans. Three 10 000 ton fast Glen class passenger-carrying cargo ships were converted to Landing Ships, Infantry (Large) (LSI(L)s) with accommodation for 1000 troops and these became the first of a series of conversions of merchant ships for combined operations purposes. Design details for the first Landing Craft, Tank (LCT) were worked out during the summer of 1940 and trials of the first LCT(1)s were conducted in November.

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