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The Armed Forces Officer 2007 (Hardcover, Revised edition): U. S. Department of Defense The Armed Forces Officer 2007 (Hardcover, Revised edition)
U. S. Department of Defense
R584 R467 Discovery Miles 4 670 Save R117 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Initiated in 1950, this 2007 edition is the latest in a classic series of books of the same title. Journalist-historian S. L. A. Marshall wrote the first at the behest of Gen. George C. Marshall, who formed the great citizen army of World War II. The general believed officers of all services needed to base their professional commitment on a common moral-ethical grounding, which S. L. A. Marshall set out to explain. Ever since, these books have provided a foundation of thought, conduct, standards, and duty for American commissioned officers.Available now to the general public, this new edition takes the series' inspirational premise into the new century. It educates officers of all services, as well as civilians, about the fundamental moral-ethical requirements of being a commissioned officer in the armed forces of the United States. Understanding the common foundation of commissioned leadership and command of U.S. military forces is essential for achieving excellence in the joint operations of today's combat environment. This philosophy unites the officers of the uniformed services in the common calling of supporting, defending, and upholding the Constitution in service to their country.

The Battle of New Orleans (Hardcover): Zachary F. Smith The Battle of New Orleans (Hardcover)
Zachary F. Smith
R468 Discovery Miles 4 680 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Un-American - A Soldier's Reckoning of Our Longest War (Hardcover): Erik Edstrom Un-American - A Soldier's Reckoning of Our Longest War (Hardcover)
Erik Edstrom
R544 R441 Discovery Miles 4 410 Save R103 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A manifesto about America's unchallenged war machine, from an Afghanistan veteran and new kind of military hero.

Before engaging in war, Erik Edstrom asks us to imagine three, rarely imagined scenarios: First, imagine your own death. Second, imagine war from “the other side.” Third: Imagine what might have been if the war had never been fought. Pursuing these realities through his own combat experience, Erik reaches the unavoidable conclusion about America at war. But that realization came too late-the damage had been done.

Erik Edstrom grew up in suburban Massachusetts with an idealistic desire to make an impact, ultimately leading him to the gates of West Point. Five years later, he was deployed to Afghanistan as an infantry lieutenant. Throughout his military career, he confronted atrocities, buried his friends, wrestled with depression, and struggled with an understanding that the war he fought in, and the youth he traded to prepare for it, was in contribution to a bitter truth: The War on Terror is not just a tragedy, but a crime. The deeper tragedy is that our country lacks the courage and conviction to say so.

Un-American is a hybrid of social commentary and memoir that exposes how blind support for war exacerbates the problems it's intended to resolve, devastates the people allegedly being helped, and diverts assets from far larger threats like climate change. Un-American is a revolutionary act, offering a blueprint for redressing America's relationship with patriotism, the military, and military spending.

Warriors - Extraordinary Tales from the Battlefield (Paperback): Max Hastings Warriors - Extraordinary Tales from the Battlefield (Paperback)
Max Hastings 2
R313 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R84 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An exhilarating and uplifting account of the lives of sixteen 'warriors' from the last three centuries, hand-picked for their bravery or extraordinary military experience by the eminent military historian, author and ex-editor of the Daily Telegraph, Sir Max Hastings. Over the course of forty years of writing about war, Max Hastings has grown fascinated by outstanding deeds of derring-do on the battlefield (land, sea or air) - and by their practitioners. He takes as his examples sixteen people from different nationalities in modern history - including Napoleon's 'blessed fool' Baron Marcellin de Marbot (the model for Conan Doyle's Brigadier Gerard); Sir Harry Smith, whose Spanish wife Juana became his military companion on many a campaign in the early 19th-century; Lieutenant John Chard, an unassuming engineer who became the hero of Rorke's Drift in the Zulu wars; and Squadron Leader Guy Gibson, the 'dam buster' whose heroism in the skies of World War II earned him the nation's admiration, but few friends. Every army, in order to prevail on the battlefield, needs a certain number of people capable of courage beyond the norm. In this book Max Hastings investigates what this norm might be - and how it has changed over the centuries. While celebrating feats of outstanding valour, he also throws a beady eye over the awarding of medals for gallantry - and why it is that so often the most successful warriors rarely make the grade as leaders of men.

Soldier'S Study Guide - 6th Edition (Paperback, 6 Revised Edition): CSM Walter J. Jackson USA (Ret.) Soldier'S Study Guide - 6th Edition (Paperback, 6 Revised Edition)
CSM Walter J. Jackson USA (Ret.)
R396 Discovery Miles 3 960 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

*Most popular and practical guide to knowing the Army*Over 900 questions in 40 subject areas: Fully revised to conform to new Army regulations and field manuals, this is the one guide for soldiers who want to increase their professional knowledge of the Army and prepare themselves for promotion boards. Includes the author's "secrets of advancement" based on his and others' sergeant major experience. Also has complete references for further study.

Two Civil Wars - The Curious Shared Journal of a Baton Rouge Schoolgirl and a Union Sailor on the USS Essex (Hardcover):... Two Civil Wars - The Curious Shared Journal of a Baton Rouge Schoolgirl and a Union Sailor on the USS Essex (Hardcover)
Katherine Bentley Jeffrey
R984 Discovery Miles 9 840 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Two Civil Wars is both an edition of an unusual Civil War--era double journal and a narrative about the two writers who composed its contents. The initial journal entries were written by thirteen-year-old Celeste Repp while a student at St. Mary's Academy, a prominent but short-lived girls school in midcentury Baton Rouge. Celeste's French compositions, dating from 1859 to 1861, offer brief but poignant meditations, describe seasonal celebrations, and mention by name both her headmistress, Matilda Victor, and French instructor and priest, Father Darius Hubert. Immediately following Celeste's prettily decorated pages a new title page intervenes, introducing ""An Abstract Journal Kept by William L. Park, of the U.S. gunboat Essex during the American Rebellion."" Park's diary is a fulsome three-year account of military engagements along the Mississippi and its tributaries, the bombardment of southern towns, the looting of plantations, skirmishes with Confederate guerillas, the uneasy experiment with ""contrabands"" (freed slaves) serving aboard ship, and the mundane circumstances of shipboard life. Very few diaries from the inland navy have survived, and this is the first journal from the ironclad Essex to be published. Jeffrey has read it alongside several unpublished accounts by Park's crewmates as well as a later memoir composed by Park in his declining years. It provides rare insight into the culture of the ironclad fleet and equally rare firsthand commentary by an ordinary sailor on events such as the sinking of CSS Arkansas and the prolonged siege of Port Hudson. Jeffrey provides detailed annotation and context for the Repp and Park journals, filling out the biographies of both writers before and after the Civil War. In Celeste's case, Jeffrey uncovers surprising connections to such prominent Baton Rouge residents as the diarist Sarah Morgan, and explores the complexity of wartime allegiances in the South through the experiences of Matilda Victor and Darius Hubert. She also unravels the mystery of how a southern youngster's school scribbler found its way into the hands of a Union sailor. In so doing, she provides a richly detailed picture of occupied Baton Rouge and especially of events surrounding the Battle of Baton Rouge in August 1862. These two unusual personal journals, linked by curious happenstance in a single notebook, open up intriguing, provocative, and surprisingly complementary new vistas on antebellum Baton Rouge and the Civil War on the Mississippi.

The Outpost - The Most Heroic Battle of the Afghanistan War (Paperback): Jake Tapper The Outpost - The Most Heroic Battle of the Afghanistan War (Paperback)
Jake Tapper 1
R501 R414 Discovery Miles 4 140 Save R87 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Tommy of the First World War (Paperback): Neil R. Storey The Tommy of the First World War (Paperback)
Neil R. Storey
R252 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R33 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Tommy Atkins' has been the nickname given to soldiers of the British Army since the eighteenth century. The origin of the name is shrouded in mystery, but it has stuck. By 1914, the Tommy had changed dramatically since the days of Queen Victoria's redcoats. Edwardian army reforms had improved recruitment and training and had re-organised the regular forces and reserves. When the First World War broke out, the system went smoothly into action and the BEF was carried across the Channel to France. But the British Army was relatively small and the First World War required a rapid expansion of the ranks. Lord Kitchener's call for men raised the so-called New Army, half a million strong, but more were needed and conscription came into force. Many of those who volunteered together were also trained together and fought side by side in battle. In the fire of machine guns and amid the shell-fire, large numbers of men from city parishes, towns and villages fell together. Neil Storey takes us through the recruitment, equipment, training and experiences of these soldiers in the First World War: the Tommies, 'the poor bloody infantry'. This book is part of the Britain's Heritage series, which provides definitive introductions to the riches of Britain's past, and is the perfect way to get acquainted with the Tommy of the First World War.

Pure Soldiers or Sinister Legion - The Ukrainian 14th Waffen-SS Galicia Division (Paperback): Sol Littman Pure Soldiers or Sinister Legion - The Ukrainian 14th Waffen-SS Galicia Division (Paperback)
Sol Littman
R784 Discovery Miles 7 840 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Between 1950 and 1955, thousands of veterans from the notorious German-led, Ukrainian 14th Waffen-SS Galicia Division emigrated to North America with the full consent of the governments despite immigration regulations in force at the time that forbade entry to all who served in any branch of the SS. The Jewish community fought a brief, but futile, battle to persuade those governments to deny them entry, denouncing them as a "sinister legion" of "bloodthirsty murderers"--war criminals who had engaged in the mass murder of thousands of innocent civilians.

On the other hand, a well-organized body of Division supporters insisted there was nothing "sinister" or "murderous" about the young men who had volunteered to serve in its ranks. They declared them exceptional soldiers who obeyed the international rules of war, praised them for being dedicated soldiers who harbored no hatred for Jews, guarded no concentration camps, and committed no crimes against humanity.

At issue then was the nature of the Division and its war record. Were they "pure soldiers" as many of their supporters contended, or were they, to use Daniel Goldhagen's phrase, among Hitler's willing executioners?

"Pure Soldiers or Bloodthirsty Murderers "traces the 14th Waffen-SS Galicia Division's fortunes from its formation in April 1943, to its surrender to the British in May 1946, from immigrant farm workers in Britain, Canada and the USA, to Cold War CIA assassins. Along the way, it attempts to shed some light on this acrimonious dispute that has continued to the present day.

Sol Littman is former Canadian Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, author of "War Criminal on Trial," founding editor of "The Canadian Jewish News," the First Director of B'nai Brith Canada's "League for Human Rights," and also served with the Anti-Defamation League in the United States.

Team of Teams - New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World (Paperback): General Stanley McChrystal, David Silverman, Tantum... Team of Teams - New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World (Paperback)
General Stanley McChrystal, David Silverman, Tantum Collins, Chris Fussell
R255 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R51 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

What if you could combine the agility, adaptability, and cohesion of a small team with the power and resources of a giant organization? When General Stanley McChrystal took command of the Joint Special Operations Task Force in Iraq in 2003, he quickly realized that conventional military tactics were failing. The allied forces had a huge advantage in numbers, equipment and training - but none of the enemy's speed and flexibility. McChrystal and his colleagues discarded a century of conventional wisdom to create a 'team of teams' that combined extremely transparent communication with decentralized decision-making authority. Faster, flatter and more flexible, the task force beat back al-Qaeda. In this powerful book, McChrystal and his colleagues show how the challenges they faced in Iraq can be relevant to any leader. Through compelling examples, the authors demonstrate that the 'team of teams' strategy has worked everywhere from hospital emergency rooms to NASA and has the potential to transform organizations large and small. 'A bold argument that leaders can help teams become greater than the sum of their parts' Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit 'An indispensable guide to organizational change' Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs

The Rise and Fall of Comradeship - Hitler's Soldiers, Male Bonding and Mass Violence in the Twentieth Century (Paperback):... The Rise and Fall of Comradeship - Hitler's Soldiers, Male Bonding and Mass Violence in the Twentieth Century (Paperback)
Thomas Kuhne
R697 R548 Discovery Miles 5 480 Save R149 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is an innovative account of how the concept of comradeship shaped the actions, emotions and ideas of ordinary German soldiers across the two world wars and during the Holocaust. Using individual soldiers' diaries, personal letters and memoirs, Kuhne reveals the ways in which soldiers' longing for community, and the practice of male bonding and togetherness, sustained the Third Reich's pursuit of war and genocide. Comradeship fuelled the soldiers' fighting morale. It also propelled these soldiers forward into war crimes and acts of mass murders. Yet, by practising comradeship, the soldiers could maintain the myth that they were morally sacrosanct. Post-1945, the notion of kameradschaft as the epitome of humane and egalitarian solidarity allowed Hitler's soldiers to join the euphoria for peace and democracy in the Federal Republic, finally shaping popular memories of the war through the end of the twentieth century.

Encyclopedia of United States Army Insignia and Uniforms (Hardcover, New): William K Emerson Encyclopedia of United States Army Insignia and Uniforms (Hardcover, New)
William K Emerson
R1,621 R1,259 Discovery Miles 12 590 Save R362 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

William K. Emerson's "Encyclopedia of United States Army Insignia and Uniforms" is the first comprehensive, well-illustrated, fully researched, and completely documented history of U.S. Army branch insignia and the uniforms on which those insignia were worn. More than two thousand photographs illustrate the actual branch insignia used by men and women of the U.S. Army during war and peace from American independence to the present. This book tells the story of the major army branches - infantry, artillery, cavalry, and engineers - as well as the service and support branches comprising doctors and nurses, chaplains, musicians, quartermasters, military police, and the many others whom have made up the U.S. Army.

Lost in transition and transformation - South Africa's post-apartheid military (Paperback): L. Heinecken Lost in transition and transformation - South Africa's post-apartheid military (Paperback)
L. Heinecken
R300 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R36 (12%) Ships in 4 - 8 working days

In South Africa's changed political environment how has civilian control of the military been implemented and what does this means for `defence in a democracy'? This book presents an overview of the security environment, how the mission focus of the military has changed and the implications for force procurement, force preparation, force employment and force sustainability. The author addresses other issues, such as the effect of integrating former revolutionary soldiers into a professional armed force, and the effect of affirmative action on meritocracy, recruitment and retention. She also examines the politically sensitive issue of military veterans, looking at the difficulties they face in reintegrating back into society and finding gainful employment. In addition she explores how the SANDF has embraced certain democratic imperatives, such as gender equality and mainstreaming; and the rise of military unions and why a confrontational, instead of a more corporatist approach to labour relations has emerged. Finally, she looks at the issues of HIV/AIDS and the consequences this holds for the military in terms of its operational effectiveness. In closing, some of the key events that have caused the SANDF to become `lost in transition and transformation' are highlighted, spelling out some lessons learnt and what this means for the future of defence, security and civil-military relations.

Stand Up Straight - 10 Life Lessons from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (Hardcover): Paul Nanson Stand Up Straight - 10 Life Lessons from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (Hardcover)
Paul Nanson 1
R340 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R68 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

For Life's Everyday Battles - The first official self-improvement and leadership book from the British Army's world-leading Sandhurst Academy.

Winston Churchill never surrendered.
Prince Harry has fought for mental health around the world.
Tobias Ellwood risked his life to save others during the Westminster terrorist attack.
Tim Peake became Britain's first astronaut on the International Space Station.
Nicola Wetherill led the first all-female expedition across the Antarctic ice.
Ed Withey even organized his wedding with military precision.

The one thing all of these individuals have in common? Their world-class Sandhurst training.

Stand Up Straight applies 10 simple but transformative lessons that every officer is taught during their time at the world-famous military academy. Modern and counter-intuitive, with its lessons ranging from making your bed and ironing your shirt to achieving discipline, emotional intelligence, resilience and fast decision-making under pressure, the book draws on first-hand experiences from war as well as the leadership lessons taught at Sandhurst.

The result is a groundbreaking personal development book that can easily be applied to every aspect of civilian life - work, home, confidence, anxiety, family and friends.

My Heroes and Their Stories of Survival (Paperback): Patrick J Bastow Dds My Heroes and Their Stories of Survival (Paperback)
Patrick J Bastow Dds
R341 R321 Discovery Miles 3 210 Save R20 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Midnight in America - Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War (Paperback): Jonathan W. White Midnight in America - Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War (Paperback)
Jonathan W. White
R735 Discovery Miles 7 350 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Civil War brought many forms of upheaval to America, not only in waking hours but also in the dark of night. Sleeplessness plagued the Union and Confederate armies, and dreams of war glided through the minds of Americans in both the North and South. Sometimes their nightly visions brought the horrors of the conflict vividly to life. But for others, nighttime was an escape from the hard realities of life and death in wartime. In this innovative new study, Jonathan W. White explores what dreams meant to Civil War-era Americans and what their dreams reveal about their experiences during the war. He shows how Americans grappled with their fears, desires, and struggles while they slept, and how their dreams helped them make sense of the confusion, despair, and loneliness that engulfed them. White takes readers into the deepest, darkest, and most intimate places of the Civil War, connecting the emotional experiences of soldiers and civilians to the broader history of the conflict, confirming what poets have known for centuries: that there are some truths that are only revealed in the world of darkness.

The League of Wives - The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home (Paperback):... The League of Wives - The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home (Paperback)
Heath Hardage Lee
R422 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R79 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Billy - My Life as a Teenage POW (Paperback): Lynette Silver, Billy Young Billy - My Life as a Teenage POW (Paperback)
Lynette Silver, Billy Young
R540 R388 Discovery Miles 3 880 Save R152 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Siege at Jadotville - The Irish Army's Forgotten Battle (Paperback): Declan Power, Gerard Doyle Siege at Jadotville - The Irish Army's Forgotten Battle (Paperback)
Declan Power, Gerard Doyle
R405 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R74 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Soldier of Change - From the Closet to the Forefront of the Gay Rights Movement (Paperback): Stephen Snyder-Hill Soldier of Change - From the Closet to the Forefront of the Gay Rights Movement (Paperback)
Stephen Snyder-Hill
R283 R223 Discovery Miles 2 230 Save R60 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When the U.S. military repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," its official policy on homosexuality in the services, Captain Stephen Snyder-Hill was serving in Iraq. After years enduring the culture of fear and secrecy for gay soldiers, Snyder-Hill submitted a video to a Republican primary debate, asking the participants' whether, if elected, they would extend spousal benefits to legally married gay and lesbian soldiers. His video was booed by the audience on national television. Snyder Hill's story riveted the nation's attention from national news shows to an episode of HBO's "The Newsroom" to comments by President Obama. Soldier of Change not only captures the media frenzy as Snyder-Hill took his place at the forefront of this modern civil rights movement, but also documents his twenty-year journey as a gay man in the army which culminated in the most important battle of his life: defending the disenfranchised.

Sacred Duty - A Soldier's Tour at Arlington National Cemetery (Paperback): Tom Cotton Sacred Duty - A Soldier's Tour at Arlington National Cemetery (Paperback)
Tom Cotton
R414 R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Save R79 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Armies of the Italian-Turkish War - Conquest of Libya, 1911-1912 (Paperback): Gabriele Esposito Armies of the Italian-Turkish War - Conquest of Libya, 1911-1912 (Paperback)
Gabriele Esposito; Illustrated by Giuseppe Rava
R332 R269 Discovery Miles 2 690 Save R63 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the early 1900s, the decaying Ottoman Turkish Empire had lost some of its Balkan territories, but still nominally ruled all of North Africa between British Egypt in the east and French Algeria in the west. Libya had fertile coastal territory, and was the last North African (almost, the last African) region not yet conquered by a European colonialist power. Italy was a young country, ambitious for colonies, but had been defeated in Ethiopia in the 1890s. The Italian government of Giovanni Giolitti was keen to overwrite the memory of that failure, and to gain a strategic grip over the central Mediterranean by seizing Libya, just across the narrows from Sicily. The Italian expeditionary force that landed in October 1911 easily defeated the Ottoman division based in the coastal cities, incurring few losses. However, the Libyan inland tribes reacted furiously to the Italian conquest, and their insurgency cost the Italians thousands of casualties, locking them into the coastal enclaves during a winter stalemate which diminished Italian public enthusiasm for the war. To retrieve Italian prestige the government launched a naval campaign in the Dardanelles and the Dodecanese - the last Turkish held archipelago in the Aegean - in April-May 1912, and landed troops to capture Rhodes. The army finally pushed inland in Libya in July- October (using systematic air reconnaissance, for the first time), and after brutal fighting the war ended in a treaty that brought Italy all it wanted, although though the Libyan tribes would not finally be quelled until after World War I. Containing accurate full-colour artwork and unrivalled detail, Armies of the Italian-Turkish War offers a vivid insight into the troops involved in this pivotal campaign, including the tribal insurgents and the navies of both sides.

On Nuclear Weapons: Denuclearization, Demilitarization and Disarmament - Selected Writings of Richard Falk (Hardcover): Stefan... On Nuclear Weapons: Denuclearization, Demilitarization and Disarmament - Selected Writings of Richard Falk (Hardcover)
Stefan Andersson; As told to Curt Dahlgren
R2,563 R2,370 Discovery Miles 23 700 Save R193 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

We are at a time when international law and the law of war are particularly important. The testing of nuclear weapons that is being used in the rhetoric surrounding threats of war is creating new fears and heightening current tensions. Richard Falk has for decades been an outspoken authority calling for nuclear disarmament and the enforcement of non-proliferation treaties. In this collection of essays, Falk examines the global threats to all humanity posed by nuclear weapons. He is not satisfied with accepting arms control measures as a managerial stopgap to these threats and seeks no less than to move the world back from the nuclear precipice and towards denuclearization. Falk's essays reflect the wisdom and innovative thinking he has brought to his long career as a scholar and activist, as he reminds nuclear weapons states of their obligation under international law and moral imperative to seek nuclear disarmament.

Op Kommando - Die Lewe in Die Veld Tydens Die Anglo-Boereoorlog 1899 - 1902 (Afrikaans, Paperback): Fransjohan Pretorius Op Kommando - Die Lewe in Die Veld Tydens Die Anglo-Boereoorlog 1899 - 1902 (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Fransjohan Pretorius
R96 Discovery Miles 960 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Tot betreklik onlangs was daar min bekend oor die lewe op kommando tydens die Anglo-Boereoorlog. Die bekende historikus, professor Fransjohan Pretorius het uitgebreide navorsing hieroor gedoen en vir sy omvattende boek, Kommandolewe tydens die Anglo-Boereoorlog 1899–1902 is hy met drie toekennings bekroon. Pretorius het ook in 1998 die Stalsprys vir historiese wetenskappe van die Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns ontvang. Met Op kommando – saamgestel uit sy radiopraatjies in 1992 en gebaseer op sy bekroonde boek oor die onderwerp – voorsien hy in die behoefte aan ’n oorsigtelike beeld van die kommandolewe tydens hierdie oorlog. Dit bevat ’n veertigtal foto’s en die teks is uiters toeganklik vir die leser wat belangstel in die geskiedenis maar nie ’n akademiese agtergrond het nie.

The Culture of Military Organizations (Paperback): Peter R. Mansoor, Williamson Murray The Culture of Military Organizations (Paperback)
Peter R. Mansoor, Williamson Murray
R700 Discovery Miles 7 000 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Culture has an enormous influence on military organizations and their success or failure in war. Cultural biases often result in unstated assumptions that have a deep impact on the making of strategy, operational planning, doctrinal creation, and the organization and training of armed forces. Except in unique circumstances culture grows slowly, embedding so deeply that members often act unconsciously according to its dictates. Of all the factors that are involved in military effectiveness, culture is perhaps the most important. Yet, it also remains the most difficult to describe and understand, because it entails so many external factors that impinge, warp, and distort its formation and continuities. The sixteen case studies in this volume examine the culture of armies, navies, and air forces from the Civil War to the Iraq War and how and why culture affected their performance in the ultimate arbitration of war.

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