Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm

Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm : The Evolution of Operational Warfare

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When Germany launched its blitzkrieg invasion of France in 1940, it forever changed the way the world waged war. Although the Wehrmacht ultimately succumbed to superior Allied firepower in a two-front war, its stunning operational achievement left a lasting impression on military commanders throughout the world, even if their own operations were rarely executed as effectively. Robert Citino analyzes military campaigns from the second half of the twentieth century to further demonstrate the difficulty of achieving decisive results at the operational level. Offering detailed operational analyses of actual campaigns, Citino describes how UN forces in Korea enjoyed technological and air superiority but found the enemy unbeatable; provides analyses of Israeli operational victories in successive wars until the Arab states finally grasped the realities of operational-level warfare in 1973; and tells how the Vietnam debacle continued to shape U.S. doctrine in surprising ways, Looking beyond major-power conflicts, he also reveals the lessons of India's blitzkrieg-like drive into Pakistan in 1971 and of the senseless bloodletting of the Iran-Iraq War.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 424 pages
  • 162.56 x 238.25 x 38.1mm | 780.18g
  • Kansas, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 34 photographs, 6 maps
  • 0700613005
  • 9780700613007
  • 522,637

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"Vivid, incisive, laced with trenchant observations, Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm is a remarkable--even brilliant--study of war at the operational level, emphasizing the importance of intangibles and the elusiveness of decisive victory."--Andrew J. Bacevich, author of American Empire"An important addition to the current debate over what direction U.S. military doctrine should take, this book brings back into focus the central role of operational-level warfare in military thought."--James S. Corum, author of The Roots of Blitzkrieg

"A superb survey by a sophisticated military historian."--Jonathan M. House, author of Combined Arms Warfare in the Twentieth Century

"Interesting, informative and insightful."--Andrew F. Krepinevich author of The Army and Vietnam "An excellent book that should be read and digested by every professional soldier. Works of this nature represent the 'book' referred to by the late von Schlieffen, and it is imperative that we all continue to increase our knowledge of the art and science of war."--Armor"Citino is insightful, provocative, and unstinting in his analysis of doctrine. . . . Soldiers who take the time to read Robert Citino's book carefully will find themselves sometimes irritated, sometimes embarrassed as they recall their own shortcomings, but always stimulated by Citino's fast-paced narrative and logical argument."--Parameters

"A superlative and important book, well written, exhaustively researched, and exquisitely balanced. The author is a skilled military historian who brilliantly examines the operational art from its conceptual beginnings through its successes and failures from the 1930s to the 1990s. . . . Mr. Citino is unsparingly critical when he needs to be of the U.S. Army. . . . Essential reading at all American war colleges."--Washington Times
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About Robert M. Citino

Robert M. Citino is professor of history at Eastern Michigan University. His other books include Quest for Decisive Victory; From Stalemate to Blitzkrieg in Europe, 1899-1940; The Path of Blitzkrieg; Doctrine and Training in the German Army, 1920-1939; and Armored Forces; A History and Sourcebook.
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