I heard a story that postulated the following:
1. The German General Staff, after the conclusion of WWI, commissioned a study as to why the German forces had failed to prevail during the war. The conclusions of the study were reached and published sometime in the late 1920s.
2. The outcome of the study was a complete restructuring of German military forces, to include rank, authorities (within individual combat units), structure, relationships, etc. Supposedly this also included a drastic reduction in the ratio of the number of officers to enlisted and NCO ranks. More authority was to be vested in the NCO ranks to actually make field level combat decisions.
3. As the story went, the US Marine Corps picked up on this study and adopted it almost in its entirety, and that this study formed the base of Marine Corps doctrine today.
Has anyone ever heard this before?
Can anyone validate (or refute) this?