Inventory of the Arthur L. West papers

Finding aid prepared by Alex Park
Hoover Institution Archives
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Title: Arthur L. West papers
Date (inclusive): 1944-1984
Date (bulk): 1964-1972
Collection Number: 84023
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: In English and Vietnamese.
Physical Description: 8 manuscript boxes, 1 motion picture film reel (3.3 linear feet)
Abstract: Reports, manuals, orders, correspondence, memoranda, printed matter, and photographs relating to American military operations, especially in Vietnam, and to United States Army development of combat systems and tactics, especially the use of armor.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: West, Arthur L.

Access

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Arthur L. West papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1984.

Accruals

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Biographical Note

Chronology

1919 January 6 Born, Phoenix, Arizona
1937 March 6 Married Trois Argel Meyer
1940 Bachelor of Sciences, Economics and Business Administration, Oklahoma A&M College
1940 August 15 Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, U.S. Army
1942 February 1 Promoted to 1st Lieutenant
1942 October 5 Promoted to Captain
1943 May 26 Promoted to Major
1943-1944 Battalion Commander, 10th Armored Infantry Battalion, 4th Armored Division
1951 Master of Arts, Georgetown University
1944 September 9 Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel
1950-1953 Officer, G-3, Plans Division, Department of the Army
1953 Officer, G-3, X Corps
1953-1954 Officer, G-3, Training Division, Eighth Army
1955 Graduated, Armed Forces Staff College
1955 March 31 Promoted to Colonel
1955-1957 Department Director, Command and Staff Department of U.S. Army Armor School
1958 Graduated, The National War College
1958-1960 Staff Member, Office of Chief of Staff of Military Operations
1960-1962 Strategic Planner, Joint Chiefs of Staff
1962-1963 Commander, Combat Command A, 3rd Armored Division
1963 July 17 Promoted to Brigadier General
1963-1964 Assistant Division Commander, 3rd Armored Division
1964-1966 Director, Organization, Unit Training, and Readiness Directorate
1966 Promoted to Major General
1966-1967 Chief, U.S. Army Mechanized and Armor Combat Operations Evaluation (MACOV) Team
1985 January 3 Died

Scope and Content of Collection

Reports, manuals, orders, correspondence, memoranda, printed matter, and photographs relating to American military operations, especially in Vietnam, and to United States Army development of combat systems and tactics, especially the use of armor.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

United States. Army--Officers.
Armored vehicles, Military.
Military intelligence--United States.
Motion pictures.
United States--History, Military--Study and teaching.
United States. Army--Officers.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975.

Box/Folder 1 : 1

"General West's personal file, 1965, Vol I," 1965

Box/Folder 1 : 2-3

"General West's personal file, 1965, Vol II," 1965

Box/Folder 1 : 4

“Vehicles in the Infantry Division Infantry Doctrine and Concepts,” 1954, 1966

Scope and content note

Contains reports and memoranda pertaining to the use of armored vehicles in infantry manuevers.
Box/Folder 1 : 5

"Congratulatory letters re second star," 1965

Box/Folder 1 : 6

“ROAD [Reorganization Army Objectives Division] Evaluation & Mech Inf Guidelines, Future & POL [Petroleum, Oils, and Lubricants] Resupply Problem,” 1962-1965

Scope and content note

Contains reports and correspondence.
Box/Folder 1 : 7

"Training of the Soldier," 1963-1964

Scope and content note

Contains plans and correspondence relating to U.S. Army training.
Box/Folder 1 : 8

Miscellaneous papers related to Marshall lawsuit, 1965-1967

Scope and content note

Contains correspondence, photographs, receipts, and other material relating to a 1967 civil lawsuit between Maj. Gen. West and Robert C. Marshall Ltd. regarding payment for installation of a faulty air conditioning unit.
Box/Folder 2 : 1

Correspondence, reports, and other material, 1963-1970

Box/Folder 2 : 2

“Confrontation with Gen LeMay," memoranda, 1960, 1984

Scope and content note

Contains a study "of particular significance" prepared by then-Col. West for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The U.S. Air Force's lack of cooperation with the study led to "a direct confrontation by a Col of the organization JCS [Col. West] with Chief of Staff, Air Force (Gen Curtis LeMay)," as well as "ultimate change (within 2 years) in National Security policy from Strategy of Massive Retaliation to a strategy that reorganized the requirement + desirability of having capability to fight conventional war."
Box/Folder 2 : 3

"Personal," 1967-1981

Scope and content note

Contains correspondence and other material.
Box/Folder 2 : 4

"The Battle at St. Vith, Belgium," 1962, 1966

Box/Folder 2 : 5

"Evaluation of U.S. Army Mechanized and Armor Combat Operations in Vietnam, Volume Four: Methods and Procedures," 1967 March 28

Box/Folder 2 : 6, Box/Folder 7 : 1

"Mechanized and Armor Combat Operations in Vietnam," 1967 March 28

Box/Folder 2 : 7

Miscellaneous papers, 1967

Box/Folder 2 : 8-9

"Industrial Forecasting", reports, 1969

Box/Folder 2 : 10

Reports and correspondence, 1965-1971

Box/Folder 2 : 11

"Clarke papers," 1969-1971

Scope and content note

Contains writings by U.S. Army Gen. Bruce C. Clarke on leadership.
Box/Folder 3 : 1

1/4 inch tape sound reels, undated

 

"Bayonet Chorus, Soldier Choir out of 3/36 Inf. CCA, 3d AD", 1 reel, 48 minutes, 1962-1963

 

Untitled reel, undated

Box/Folder 3 : 2-3

10th Armored Infantry Battalion diary, 1944-1945, 1984

Box/Folder 3 : 4

Armor magazines, 1963-1972

Box/Folder 3 : 5

Robert T. Goodrow memoranda and paintings, 1967

Box/Folder 3 : 6

"Efficiency report file," 1965-1967

Box/Folder 3 : 7

"Biographical sketch," 1964

Box/Folder 3 : 8

Untitled article written by Maj. Gen. West for Armor magazine, 1976

Box/Folder 3 : 9

"Official photographs," 1964-1966

Box/Folder 4 : 1

“General West’s personal file, 1966, Vol II," correspondence, 1966

Box/Folder 4 : 2-3

“General West’s personal file, 1967, Vol I”, correspondence, 1967

Box/Folder 4 : 4

"News clippings 3rd AD," 1962-1963

Box/Folder 4 : 5

Photographs of 3rd Armored Division garrison by Col. Dennis V. Crumley, 1983

Scope and content note

Contains 18 photographs of the U.S. Army 3rd Armored Division's garrison, Ayers Kasserne in Kirch-Göns, Germany, taken by a former subordinate of Maj. Gen. West, Col. Dennis Crumley. Photographs are accompanied by notes by Col. Crumley written on the reverse.
Box/Folder 4 : 6

Manuals and other material, 1959-1962

Box/Folder 4 : 7

Presentation and field manual, 1957, 1984

Scope and content note

Contains a presentation transcript from The Armored School entitled "Defense by Armor," a Department of the Army field manual entitled "Armor Operations Small Units," and a short explanatory note by Maj. Gen. West. The note explains that the mobile defense section in the presentation, authored by Maj. Gen. West, Lt. Cols Russ Richmond, James Spurrier, and Major Bill Lynch, was a revolutionary concept at the time, and was first officially adopted by the Department of Army in the field manual present.
Box/Folder 4 : 8

"MACOV speech," after 1966

Box/Folder 6 : 3-4, Box/Folder 5 : 1

Maps of Vietnam, 1965

Box/Folder 5 : 2

“The Political Theories of Rousseau, Bentham, Hegel, and Wilson,” term paper, 1949 December

Box/Folder 5 : 3

“Great Britain and the Anglo-French military conversations during the period of the First Moroccan Crisis,” term paper, 1949 September

Box/Folder 5 : 4

"The Bosnian Crisis," term paper, 1949 December

Box/Folder 5 : 5

"T. H. Green's Concept of Freedom," term paper, 1950 April

Box/Folder 5 : 6

"A Foreign Policy for the United States," term paper, 1950 March

Box/Folder 5 : 7

“The Political Implications of the Military and Naval Provisions of the Armistice,” term paper, 1950 April

Box/Folder 5 : 8

“Background of the Polish Revolution of 1830,” term paper, 1949 September

Box/Folder 5 : 9

"A Foreign Policy for the United States," outline for term paper, 1949 November

Box/Folder 5 : 10

“A Study of Coalitions - France, 1918-1919,” dissertation, 1951 February

Box/Folder 5 : 11-12

"General West's personal file, 1966, Vol I," correspondence, 1966

Box/Folder 6 : 1

"Climatic Charts of Southeast Asia," undated

Box/Folder 6 : 2

"Concept of Operations Briefing - CDC [Combat Developments Command]," after 1962

Box/Folder 6 : 5

“Comparison, New Mech Inf Bn [Mechanized Infantry Battalion] with all other Inf Bns,” 1966

Box/Folder 6 : 6

"General West's personal file, 1964," 1964

Box/Folder 6 : 7

“General West’s personal file - Civ [Civilian] firms,” 1966-1967

Box/Folder 6 : 8

Miscellaneous reports, 1971

Box/Folder 6 : 9

Miscellaneous papers, 1967-1971

Box/Folder 6 : 10

"Leaders Guide for Operations in Southeast Asia," manual, 1965 August

Box/Folder 7 : 2

“Training Text 17-37-1 Air Cavalry Squadron,” 1967 August

Box/Folder 7 : 3

Correspondence, plans, and memoranda, 1967-1969

Box/Folder 7 : 4

"MACOV backup," correspondence and other material, 1965-1967

Box/Folder 7 : 5

“SCI [Systems Consultants, Incorporated] Consulting Agreement,” 1971-1972

Box/Folder 7 : 6

“Retirement info, citations etc,” 1967-1970

Box/Folder 7 : 7

“Trip reports," 1964-1966

Box/Folder 7 : 8

"MacArthur’s Address to Congress", 1951

Box/Folder 7 : 9

"MACOV Study Plan," 1966

Box/Folder 8 : 1

Miscellaneous papers, 1964-1968

Box/Folder 8 : 2

"Systems Consultants Employment," 1969-1973

Box/Folder 8 : 3

Correspondence, 1969-1970

Box/Folder 8 : 4

"Work Resumés," undates

Reel 1

"Combat Footage - Vietnam 1966-1967," 16mm film, 1966-1967