While these initial numbers derive from the British method, COSSAC documents make it clear that the American doctrine for casualty estimation became the favored method as early as mid-August of 1943.
(40) Even with this increase, the COSSAC staff faced the fact that landing craft was "the most critical item of equipment for the world-wide strategical program.
What comes across from the vital incubating months of COSSAC
is Morgan's contribution to blending together the staffs of Britain and America, for which he has not been given due credit.
General West of the COSSAC
staff said, "I told Monty he couldn't take Caen the first day.
(15.) Historical Subsection, Office of Secretary, General Staff, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), The History of COSSAC
Two important new decisions emerged: 1) to appoint a chief of staff to the Supreme Commander (COSSAC
) charged to prepare all second front plans and build up a staff for the Supreme Commander, who would be named "when operations were reasonably imminent"; 2) to plan a full scale deliberate assault in 1944.
For nearly a year, a British and American team dubbed COSSAC
(for Chief of Staff to Supreme Allied Command) and led by Lieutenant General Frederick E.
Eisenhower, produced an invasion plan which was later taken up with modifications, incorporating the lessons learned at Dieppe, by the planning staff at COSSAC
, the Chief of Staff to the Supreme Allied Commander.