Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The Louisiana Army Maneuvers in 1940 – 41 were a big deal for DeSoto Parish. There were some 40,000 troops in the area with most towns being influenced by the influx of troops. The western portion of Louisiana as far south as Leesville was involved. Of course, it looks a little like DeSoto does and was almost over-run by the Army.

Pelican and Mansfield were the major unloading places from the trains. In addition to troops there were hundreds of tanks, jeeps, horses and other types of military equipment. General George Patton and Col. Dwight Eisenhower were in DeSoto Parish. It must be remembered that an equal number of soldiers were in East Texas since that was the “enemy army” with the Sabine River dividing the two enemies. The White Army and the Blue Army were the two opposing forces. Several months were involved in positioning the troops. During this period was the time troops had such an important economic impact in DeSoto.

 

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