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Nice booklet. basically breaks down and covers each element of global struggle . covers themes completely. nice e-book for someone attracted to WWII.

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Part of the problem was simply geopolitical; mechanized forces seemed useless in a Pacific War with Japan, and no other potential American foe required such a high-risk investment. The army had nothing against the tank per se; in fact, the infantry had two tank regiments and wanted more. Experimentation in mechanized warfare went through three halting stages. The first test of two tank battalions (one commanded by Dwight D. Eisenhower, the other by George S. ) ended with the abolition of a separate tank corps due to the conservatism of the senior leadership.

There was one bright spot in British air power preparations: the development of the nation’s air defenses. That success, vitally important to the maintenance of an Anglo-American presence in the war, fell largely to one man, Air Marshal Hugh Dowding. In the early 1930s he assumed command of the RAF’s research and development effort and encouraged experiments in radar as well as setting the specifications for the Hurricane and Spitfire fighter aircraft. In 1937 Dowding lost out in the competition for the position of chief of air staff but took over Fighter Command, a new organization responsible for the air defense of the United Kingdom.

The 1933 edition, Die Truppenführung, written by Generals Werner von Fritsch and Ludwig Beck (soon to become the army’s commander and chief of staff), provided the doctrine for the coming war. A military organi- T H E R E VO LU T I O N I N M I L I TA RY O P E R AT I O N S zation’s “doctrine” spells out the conceptual framework that determines how the organization will fight. By 1933 the Germans possessed a military doctrine of combined arms that fully took into account the lessons of the last war.

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A War To Be Won: Fighting the Second World War by Williamson Murray
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