Functions of a Corps Headquarters (Cold War era)

Chlodio

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Aug 2016
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All HQs receive orders from higher HQs and divide those taskings among subordinate units. Also, all HQs coordinate the activities of subordinate units. But what functions were primarily performed only at corps headquarters or were more likely to be performed at corps headquarters than at some other level of command? So far, all I've been able to find is that corps were more likely to interact with other services such as the air force or navy for things like close air support or naval gunfire support or with foreign militaries. Surely there were other functions that corps headquarters performed. What were they?

Did corps control battlefield rockets and ballistic missiles? Are there any other weapons or resources that were controlled by corps?
 

Lord Fairfax

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Jan 2015
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Space Bat Lair
All HQs receive orders from higher HQs and divide those taskings among subordinate units. Also, all HQs coordinate the activities of subordinate units. But what functions were primarily performed only at corps headquarters or were more likely to be performed at corps headquarters than at some other level of command? So far, all I've been able to find is that corps were more likely to interact with other services such as the air force or navy for things like close air support or naval gunfire support or with foreign militaries. Surely there were other functions that corps headquarters performed. What were they?
Not exactly Cold War but...
In WWII it seemed like the British/Commonwealth made the most use of Corps, the Americans less so, and the Soviets hardly at all*. (*The 1942 Soviet mechanized "Corps" is basically a division)

The Americans mostly used only divisions, while the British Corps often controlled brigade size units.
 

sparky

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Jan 2017
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Sydney
By 1942 the Soviets used the term "Brigades" due to the paucity of equipment
they got rid of the corps command for a while , their Armies were really corps sized
the US got into the Combat command structure for operations , lighter without a lot of ancillary services
when those finished the units would be returned to their proper administrative parent units
Corps has some extra units attached to it either permanently or on loan , with full administrative capabilities, they are strategically autonomous