Mail Tribune 100

Nov. 20, 1917


The following article concerning Colonel H.H. Sargent of Medford, now military instructor at Princeton university, is taken from the Boston Transcript, written by Edward B. Clark, of the staff of the Chicago Post:

"Why is the war department allowing the ablest American strategist to remain in the semi-obscurity of Princeton university in this day when the need of a man and a plan is a matter of world concern? Army officers of high rank must have been asking themselves this question ever since the war broke out and it is known definitely that civilians with knowledge of military matter have been curious concerning the reasons for the isolation of this proved student of warfare. Major Herbert Howland Sargent, United States army (retired) is today teaching the student body at Princeton, while, according to expressed thought on the matter, in Washington, he ought to be either in the war college as an advisory chief or in the field as a major-general. The war department does not disclose its secrets and it may be, of course, that Sargent has not been entirely overlooked in the search for men who may have within them the qualities of great planning.

Today the acknowledged need of the allied services is a grand strategy scheme of "coalesced campaigning.' Sargent's ability along strategic lines is known. Therefore it is possible that in the seclusion of the student's closet at Princeton he is acting his part in the war. If so, the country knows nothing about it, and in fact, suspicion in the case seems to be that this retired major and the possibilities in his case have been overlooked. Officers of foreign governments who are here with their brothers of the American service feel, as of course all soldiers feel, that ultimately some all-embracing strategic plan of campaign must be adopted by the allies to force the war to an end quickly. No one of the visiting officers who is in conference with them is in ignorance of the exhaustive studies which Major Sargent has made of strategy, and of the high standing which his works on military operations have attained in the war offices of the world."

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