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Bliss, Tasker H.
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Bliss, Tasker H.

(December 31, 1853, Lewisburg PA – November 9, 1930, Washington DC), American General Bliss was neither a fighting soldier, nor a theoretician. He owed his appointment to acting chief of staff of the United States Army in May 1917 to a successful career as a military civil servant. This conformed to the American model, which stressed the ground-laying and forward planning of military forces over their employment.

Confirmed as chief of staff on September 22, 1917, Bliss proved his great understanding for the needs of a national mass army. Unexpecte…

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Showalter, Dennis E., “Bliss, Tasker H.”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 06 February 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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