From the Vault: Ten Lean Years by General Robert Grow

ten lean years picToday we present a lengthy article from ARMOR magazine that appeared in four parts in 1987.  Titled “The Ten Lean Years: From the Mechanized Force (1930) to the Armored Force (1940)”, this piece was written by Major General Robert W. Grow.  The articles were published posthumously, Gen. Grow had passed away in 1985.  His career spanned the 1930’s to the 1950’s, including commanding the 6th Armored Division in the ETO during WWII.  The ARMOR magazine editors describe the article as “remarkable and enlightening” and state that it is “full of facts, the personal observation of a very astute officer, and generally  heretofore unknown or limited information, and deserves the widest possible dissemination to the Armor forces.”

We have provided two different methods by which people can read the article.  Below the four parts of the article are presented as four separate image galleries.  We have also collected the entire four part article into a single PDF document which may be downloaded from Internet Archive.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

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