By Williamson Murray
Nice publication. essentially breaks down and covers each element of global conflict . covers issues completely. nice booklet for a person attracted to WWII.
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The army received nothing. Across the Channel, the French proved no more willing than the British to address the fundamental weaknesses in their military forces. With the West ﬂoundering, Hitler moved to secure his gains in Eastern Europe. Within three weeks of Munich, he ordered the OKW to prepare plans to occupy the remainder of Czechoslovakia. At the same time, he lambasted the ofﬁcer corps for its lack of faith and demanded that ofﬁcers exhibit a higher degree of obedience to his leadership.
Despite the fact that the Treaty of Versailles forced the Germans to disband their air units, General Hans von Seeckt, commander of the Reichsheer, kept a substantial number of air ofﬁcers buried within the army’s command structure. These ofﬁcers were anything but narrowminded devotees of a handmaiden philosophy. After the Nazis seized power in January 1933, the Luftwaffe was created under the command of Hermann Göring, the second most powerful man in the Nazi state. The new service had a number of air-minded ofﬁcers and substantial support from the German population.
Even military reformers like Basil Liddell Hart enthusiastically supported this strategic policy, and it is hard to see where innovative tank forces might have ﬁt in a defense policy focused on protecting the colonies. As one army bureaucrat put it: “[There] is, of course, the salient difference between us and Germany . . They know what army they will use and, broadly, how they will use it and can thus prepare . . in peace for such an event. ”4 Nevertheless, under the leadership of the CIGS (chief of the imperial general staff) Field Marshal Lord Milne (1926–1933), the British carried out a series of innovative experiments with armor that suggested paths for future development.
A War To Be Won: Fighting the Second World War by Williamson Murray