New York: Whittlesey House, 1946. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. 24 cm. X, 461,  pages. Illustrations. Figures. Index. Boards scuffed and scratched. Usual library markings. Fore-edge soiled. Some page soiling. Levin Hicks Campbell, Jr. (November 23, 1886 – November 17. 1976) was a Lieutenant General in the United States Army. He was the Army's Chief of Ordnance from 1942 to 1946. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1909. Upon graduation, he resigned from the Navy and accepted a job with United States Steel. In 1911, he joined the Army and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army's Coast Artillery. Campbell's first Ordnance assignment came as a Captain in April 1918 when he served in the Office of the Chief of Ordnance during World War I. After the war Campbell continued his service in the Ordnance Branch; including assignments at: the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, Washington, D.C.; and the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. As a career Ordnance officer, he specialized in the engineering and production of combat vehicles, small arms, artillery, and ammunition. He was commended for successfully automating the artillery ammunition assembly line at Frankford Arsenal, Pennsylvania while assigned there from 1939 to 1940. In 1940, Campbell was promoted to Brigadier General and appointed Assistant Chief of Ordnance for Facilities, where he supervised the planning and construction of new munitions factories across the country, particularly for the production and chemicals and explosives, and the loading of ammunition. In January 1942, he was placed in charge of all industrial production and was promoted to Major General in Spring 1942. On June 1, 1942, Campbell was named as the 16th Chief of Ordnance. Among his major accomplishments in that post was the development of what he called the 'Industry-Ordnance Team'. To improve manufacturing techniques, Campbell brought in some of the best people from science and industry. The development, production, and maintenance of Army Ordnance became a $30 billion dollars-a-year industry during World War II. By decentralizing his department's administrative structure, Campbell was able to overcome many of the unprecedented difficulties faced by the Ordnance Department in its responsibilities to arm and equip the Army in World War II. Given the temporary rank of Lieutenant General in April 1946, Campbell retired as a Major General in May 1946. He was advanced to Lieutenant General on the retired list in June 1948. Campbell's decorations included two awards of the Distinguished Service Medal. He wrote The Industry-Ordnance Team in 1946 recounting the Allied effort to produce and deliver weapons, vehicles, and munitions for World War II. In 1972 Campbell was inducted into the Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame. The U.S. Army Ordnance Corps Association's Levin Hicks Campbell, Jr. Distinguished Award of Merit is named for him. Condition: Good.
Keywords: Ordnance, Artillery, Ammunition, Military-Industrial, Lend-Lease, WWII, Arsenals, Proving Grounds, Industry-Ordnance, Machine Tools, Automotive Equipment, Garand, Government-owned Contractor-operated, Military Research and Development, R&D, War P