JonS2 wrote:Yes, the Westerm Allies devoted proportionately more men to CS and CSS (and HSS) roles than other militaries did. Many significant advantages accrued to them from this. This is not a new insight.
There is a distortion in this as the Germans used civilian labor for many tasks the US or Commonwealth armies used uniformed labor. ie: the Todt Organization performed many of the tasks the US Army engineer battalions worked at. While there is still a difference it is not as wide as usually counted when conscripted or forced labor in the combat zone is counted.