» » Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm: The Evolution of Operational Warfare

Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm: The Evolution of Operational Warfare download epub

by Robert M. Citino


Epub Book: 1750 kb. | Fb2 Book: 1573 kb.

Robert Citino has written an excellent military history that has descibed the development of combined arms warfare. In Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm, Citino analyzes every major military campaign from WWII to the present. The details are amazing.

Robert Citino has written an excellent military history that has descibed the development of combined arms warfare. The first section of the book, Citino compares the military doctrines of the United States, Germany, Britain, and Russia during the Second World War. Citino believes that German military doctrine was severely flawed since it was mainly adaptable to wars in Western and Central Europe and did not make logicistical provisions for the campaigns in North Africa and Russia. Most history books just tell you what happened, Citino tells you how.

Robert M. Citino (born June 19, 1958) is an American military historian and the Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian at the . Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm: The Evolution of Operational Warfare. University Press of Kansas. Citino (born June 19, 1958) is an American military historian and the Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian at the National WWII Museum Citino is an award-winning author on military history, receiving recognition for his works from the American Historical Association, the Society for Military History, and the New York Military Affairs Symposium.

Offering detailed operational analyses of actual campaigns, Citino describes how UN forces in Korea enjoyed technological . Citino especially considers the evolution of .

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 . doctrine in surprising ways. doctrine and assesses the success of Desert Storm in dismantling an entrenched defending force with virtually no friendly casualties.

Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Start by marking Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm: The Evolution of Operational Warfare as Want to Read: Want to Read saving. Start by marking Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm: The Evolution of Operational Warfare as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read.

In most of Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm, Citino continues to develop those same .

In most of Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm, Citino continues to develop those same themes in analyzing far-flung conflicts and synthesizing theory and doctrine. His sixty pages of notes attest to quality work, and make valuable reading in their own right. In the final two chapters, however, the book points to isolated combats as proof of scientific progress in the profession of American arms. Citino closes his work with an error-filled description of the march to Baghdad that validates General Tommy Franks's declaration of a "fast and final" campaign.

Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm : The Evolution of Operational Warfare. Modern War Studies (Hardcover). By (author) Robert M. Citino.

Desert storm: the evolution of operational warfare. University Press of Kansas, Kansas, USA. 418 pages

Blitzkrieg to desert storm: the evolution of operational warfare. 418 pages. ISBN 978-070061300-7. The book highlights the importance of not attributing operational success to any single factor. Every war is different; factors contributing to operational success in one war may not necessarily have the same effect in another. Militaries are often eager to replicate the doctrines and manuals of erstwhile militaries that have proven records of operational success, failing to consider the importance of context and applicability.

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.

Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm examines warfare in the mid to late twentieth century through the prism of this definition (even though Robert Citino, the author, does not say as much) to determine how modern armies attempt to produce decisive results-the elusive goal of operational.

Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm examines warfare in the mid to late twentieth century through the prism of this definition (even though Robert Citino, the author, does not say as much) to determine how modern armies attempt to produce decisive results-the elusive goal of operational warfare. Citino builds on his previous works on this subject-The Path to Blitzkrieg: Doctrine and Training in the German Army, 1920-1939 (1999) and Quest for Decisive Victory: From Stalemate to Blitzkrieg in Europe, 1899-1940 (2002)-to illustrate the essentials of operational success in warfare.

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.Citino especially considers the evolution of U.S. doctrine and assesses the success of Desert Storm in dismantling an entrenched defending force with virtually no friendly casualties. He also provides one of the first scholarly analyses of Operation Iraqi Freedom, showing that its plan was curiously divorced from the realities of military history, grounded instead on nebulous theories about expected enemy behavior. Throughout Citino points to the importance of mobility—especially mobilized armor—in modern operational warfare and assesses the respective roles of firepower, training, doctrine, and command and control mechanisms.Brimming with new insights, Citino's study shows why technical superiority is no guarantee of victory and why a thorough grounding in the history of past campaigns is essential to anyone who wishes to understand modern warfare. Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm provides that grounding as it addresses the future of operational-level warfare in the post-9/11 era.

Comments: (7)

Yalone
This is a scholarly work. Citino briefly relates military operations in virtually all conflicts during this time period. He then draws conclusions from each conflict and then leads to a grand conclusion and a slight peek into the future. His observations and opinions are well thought out and, whether you agree with him or not, are worthy of consideration. I wish all of our military leaders and, most certainly, all of our politicians would read this one.
Pedar
A marvelous book! You will learn a lot!
Dagdarad
A good, concise history of mobile motorized/mechanized/armored operations since 1939. Well written, but I don't think there's much here that can't be gotten elsewhere.
Nilarius
In this follow-on to the author's "Quest for Decisive Victory", Citino analyzes how armies from World War 2 on achieved or failed to achieve decisive victories, including many cases rarely mentioned in other military histories. Although not quite meeting the extremely high standard set by the earlier book, it is still an outstanding book. Its footnotes will tell you what books to read to learn more about a particular campaign, and giving the strengths and weaknesses of each, which I think is extremely helpful. If you have any interest in an operational analysis of modern campaigns, but this book.
wanderpool
Got an a on my college paper
Yggdi
Robert Citino has written an excellent military history that has descibed the development of combined arms warfare. The first section of the book, Citino compares the military doctrines of the United States, Germany, Britain, and Russia during the Second World War. Citino believes that German military doctrine was severely flawed since it was mainly adaptable to wars in Western and Central Europe and did not make logicistical provisions for the campaigns in North Africa and Russia. Citino also praises Russian military doctrine for being able to plan for the mass encirclements of the German army in 1943-1945, but criticizes the Russians for lacking personal intiative in combat. Citino also criticizes the British for only attacking with tanks and showing no personal intiative on the battlefield. However Citino praises the American for being flexible and massing their forces on a single point during Operation Cobra.
The second part of the book, Citino praises the personal freedom allowed officers to conduct battle in the Israeli and Indian armies and writes about the lackluster performance of the Iraqi and Iranian armies that lacked competent officers. In the closing chapters of the book, Citino believes that the victory in Operation Desert Storm was due to superior firepower as well as tactics while Operation Iraqi Freedom was dangerously based on the assumption of internal rebellion and was eventually won by the use of armor. I would reccomend this book for anyone who believes that technology can replace officership and armor.
FireWater
This is an interesting and provocative book, well worth reading; see the other reviews for that. Unfortunately, it makes very clumsy reading. I think this was not Citino's fault. This seems, in fact, to be the worst edited book I've ever read. The main problem is not typos but repitition: Citino will often say virtually the same thing in virtually the same way within paragraphs. (See for example the comments on the US M3 tank on pp. 58-59.) This is the kind of understandable mistake a writer makes in the course of writing a book, and it is why publishers hire editors and pay them (albeit not very well). This book was published by University Press of Kansas. They need to have a stern talk with whoever edited Citino's book; they have done him an injustice.
Despite all of the new technology, the rules of warfare always remain the same. In Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm, Citino analyzes every major military campaign from WWII to the present. The details are amazing. Most history books just tell you what happened, Citino tells you how. Every major battle is broken down into divisions and corps with a complete description of their objectives, capabilities, and commanders. His narrative tone makes book the enjoyable and entertaining while at the same time, informative and stimulating. This book is a must read for anyone interested in topics such as 20th century history, military history, or modern war studies.
Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm: The Evolution of Operational Warfare download epub
Humanities
Author: Robert M. Citino
ISBN: 0700613005
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Kansas; First Edition edition (April 25, 2004)
Pages: 430 pages