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A COMPARATIVE LOOK AT AIR-GROUND SUPPORT DOCTRINE AND PRACTICE IN WORLD WAR II  

This study summarizes the air-ground support doctrine and systems employed by both the Allies and their adversaries in World War II.1 It is intended to identify similarities and differences in the doctrinal and procedural systems employed by the combatants; it is in no sense a complete historical study of air-ground operations during the war. The value of the study lies in its narrow focus on a specific application of air power and in its comparative examination of this application. This ...Read more >

41 Pages
2.30 MB
MERRILLS MARAUDERS : COMBINED OPERATIONS IN NORTHERN BURMA IN 1944  

The 5307th Composite Unit (Prov) was the first United States ground combat force to meet the enemy in World War II on the continent of Asia. After a series of successful engagementsin the Hukawng and Mogaung Valleys of North Burma, in March and April 1944, the unit was called on to lead a march over jungle trails through extremelym ountainoust errain againsts tubbornr esistancein an attack on Myitkyina. The unit proved equal its task, overcame all the obstacles put in its way by the enemy, and ...Read more >

62 Pages
10.1 MB
COMMAND, LEADERSHIP AND EFFECTIVE STAFF SUPPORT  

This handbook contains thoughts, insights, and perspectives that can assist leaders in meeting the challenges of command, leadership, and staff support. The handbook addresses topics important to leaders, and includes material drawn from the writings of military leaders, Army manuals since 1943, and the experience of many contributors. Uses for this handbook include leader development, staff development, and increasing staff support to commanders and units. The strong focus on staff support at ...Read more >

231 Pages
576 KB
MY CLAN AGAINST THE WORLD US AND COALITION FORCES IN SOMALIA 1992-1994   

American participation in the international humanitarian mission to Somalia is best remembered today as a well-intentioned venture that somehow went terribly wrong. To most Americans, this endeavor reflected both the nobility and naivety of US foreign policy impulses and was a poignant reminder of how little we understand distant cultures and the motives that animate people whose societal values are removed from our own. Prompted first of all by compelling video images of emaciated mothers and ...Read more >

233 Pages
4.65 MB
WELFARE, RECREATION AND MORALE DINING-IN  

The exact origin of the Dining-In is not known, It is believed, however, that the practice dates back to an old Viking tradition of holding formal ceremonies to celebrate great battles and feats of heroism. These ceremonies usually included a dinner of fine foods, drinks, and fellowship. Later this custom spread to the monasteries, universities, and, eventually, to the military ,officers' mess.1During the early eighteenth century, the British Army incorporated the praotice of formal dining into ...Read more >

62 Pages
8.46 MB
THE ART OF WAR  

Between By method and discipline are to be understood the marshaling of the army in its proper subdivisions, the graduations of rank among the officers, the maintenance of roads by which supplies may reach the army, and the control of military ...Read more >

28 Pages
54.2 KB
LIGHT INFANTRY FORCES   

This work deals with elite military units of the twentieth century. The author analyzes the reasons for the formation of these units, their relationships to conventional forces and their parent systems, and their successes on the battlefield in meeting the goals of their creators. The U.S. Army Tank Destroyer Corps, the U.S. Army Rangers, the First Special Service Force, the British Long Range Desert Group, the Afrika Korps, the Waffen SS, the U.S. Army Special Forces, the Irgun, and national ...Read more >

27 Pages
1.01 MB
KOREAN WAR ANTHOLOGY TRUMAN AND MAC ARTHUR : THE WINDING ROAD TO DISMISSAL  

I have been with the president on occasions when he had what appeared to me to be a perfectly normal and amiable conversation with a caller. After the caller left, he would say to me ‘I certainly set him straight’ or ‘I let him have it.’ The president’s remarks seemed to me to have no conceivable relation to the conversation I had just heard. He may have been commenting on what he wished he had ...Read more >

22 Pages
781 KB
CSI REPRINT CARL VON CLAUSEWITZ : TWO LETTERS ON STRATEGY  

In 1827 the Prussian general-staff officer, Major von Roeder, requested Clausewitz's comments on solutions of two operational problems that had been set by his superior, Lieutenant-General von Miffling, Chief of the General Staff. Muffling, best known for his service as Prussian liaison officer in Wellington's headquarters during the Waterloo campaign, never freed himself from the cautious strategic concepts current in the Prussian Army before 1806. Position warfare and the occupation of ...Read more >

78 Pages
4.67 MB
A GUIDE TO THE STUDY AND USE OF MILITARY HISTORY  

BEFORE a reader embarks on the study of military history, he may well ask about the nature of the historical discipline of which it is a part. What is history? Why and how study it? In the swiftly changing MiarId of the 1970‘s with newspapers, radio, and television pouring out a constant stream of information and news that competes for his attention, why should the reader concern himself about the past? Is the past dead? Is it useful or relevant to the present ? Does it have anything to teach? ...Read more >

159 Pages
15.3 MB
MAKING TWENTY-FIRST-CENTURY STRATEGY AN INTRODUCTION FOR MODERN NATIONAL SECURITY PROCESSES AND PROBLEMS   

This book is about national security strategy: what it is, what its objectives are, what problems it seeks to solve or at least manage, and what kinds of influences constrain and create opportunities for the development and implementation of strategies. The heart of the problem with which national security strategy deals is the series of threats normally military, but increasingly semi- or nonmilitary in character that the country must confront and somehow overcome or contain. When the original ...Read more >

289 Pages
2.96 MB
RUSSIAN-SOVIET UNCONVENTIONAL WARS IN THE CAUCASUS, CENTRAL ASIA AND AFGHANISTAN  

Though little known, Russia's caucasian compaigns from 1801 to 1864 constitute one of the most fascinating and instructive episodes in modern warfare, pitted against the determined resourceful muslims tribes of the mountains and forests of the central caucasus, russia's military forces complied a frustrating record that reflected many of the difficulties inherent in armed conflicts between western-style, conventional armies and non-western unconventional forces in theaters lacking a highly ...Read more >

246 Pages
50 MB
PRINCIPLES OF WAR : A TRANSLATION FROM THE JAPANESE  

In connection with the planning of the Yalu River river crossing attack at the beginning of the Russo-Japanese War, General Tamemoto Kuroki, Commander of the CJapaneseH First Army, in one paragraph of his instructions to his assembled staff, stated that, "In the military operations of the First Army, particularly the operations at the beginning of the war, if we do not act so that future historians cannot raise even one point of criticism, we should fail in our samurai duty, ... Since the plan ...Read more >

129 Pages
7.16 MB
6TH INTERNATIONAL SECURITY FORUM   

The The end of the war, the enlargement of both the european union and NATO 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have proudly transformed the threats and challenges with which the international community has to cope. ...Read more >

246 Pages
1.30 MB
ON URBAN OPERATIONS AND THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT   

This study investigates the nature and conduct of modern urban operations. As a distinct type of military action, urban operations may well be the most influential form of conflict in the future. For some, urban operations are already the preferred form of military action. Others are very likely to discover the advantages of operating in this particular way in the future. If these trends continue, it means that the conduct of modern war is about to turn a sharp corner, away from its customary ...Read more >

146 Pages
12.8 MB
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