JOHN FREDERICK CHARLES FULLER
1. Gen. Major Gen John Frederick Charles Fuller (1878 –1966) was a British, mil historian and strategist, notable as an early theorist of modern armd warfare. He was commissioned in a Light Inf Bn and participated in South African Boers War and World War I. In 1916, he was apptd as a staff offr in the newly raised HQ Tk Corps. He planned the first successful tk attk at Cambrai in 1917 and the tk ops for the autumn offn of 1918. 2. Biography. Fuller was born in 1878, in Chichester, West Sussex, England and educated at Malvern College. He was a graduate from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst from 1897 to 1898. He was commissioned into the inf and served in South Africa from 1899 to 1902. He then attended Staff College at Camberley and served as an adjutant to a territorial battalion. During World War I, he was a SO with the Home Forces and with 7 Corps in France, and from 1916 in the HQ of the MG Corps' Hy Br which was later to become the Tk Corps. He planned the tk attk at Cambrai and the tk ops for the autumn offns of 1918. His Plan 1919 for a fully mech army was never implemented in his lifetime, and after 1918 he held various ldg posns, notably as a comd of an experimental bde at Aldershot. 3. In the 1920s, he collaborated with B.H. Liddell Hart in dev new ideas for the mech of armies. However, in what came to be known as the "Tidworth Incident", he turned down the command of the Experimental Mech Force which was formed in 1927. The appt also carried resp for a regular inf bde and the garr of Tidworth on Salisbury Plain. Fuller believed he would be unable to devote himself to the Experimental Force and the development of mech warfare tech w/o extra staff to assist him with the addl extraneous duties, which the War Office refused to aloc. 4. His ideas on mech warfare cont to be influential in the lead up to World War II. Initially British did not pay any attention to his theories but Germans made it part of their campaigns....
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