In Pursuit of Military Excellence: The Evolution of Operational Theory
Taylor & Francis, 1997 - 398 pages
This work offers and interpretation of the intermediate field of military knowledge situated between strategy and tactics-better known as 'operational art'-and traces the evolution of operational awareness and its culmination in a full-fledged theory. Shimon Naveh identifies four key landmarks in the evolution of operational theory: nineteenth-century military thought and the roots of operational ignorance; the emergence of the Blitzkrieg concept; the evolution of the Soviet Deep Operation theory during the 1920s and the 1930s; the crystallization of the American Airland Battle theory fifty years later. The profound conceptual developments associated with the Soviet Deep Operation and Strike Manoeuvre theories are used as a yardstick for critically assessing German military theory, from Clausewitz's 'battle of destruction' to the Blitzkrieg. Naveh concludes that the Blitzkrieg lacked any solid conceptual basis and constituted a manipulation of tactical patterns, and hence the German defeat by the Russian Army in the Second World War amounted to the victory of a superior culture of military thinking over an inferior one. Furthermore, it was the Soviet conceptual breakthrough which, in fact, permitted the crystallization in the 1970s of the American Airland Battle theory-a doctrine successfully implemented in the Gulf War. -- From back cover.
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Abteilung Airland Battle doctrine approach armed forces armoured Army Group Army Group Centre aspects attack attrition B.H. Liddell Hart basic Battlefield Blitzkrieg breakthrough Caemmerer campaign cavalry centre Clausewitz combat combined conduct context Corps Deep Operation Deep Operation theory defensive depth destruction dynamic echelon element enemy enemy's entire fighting FM 100-5 Operations formations formulation forward detachment front German Guderian Hitler Ibid idea idem infantry initial Isserson Kadishev Liddell Hart Lind linear logic London Maneuver Warfare mass mechanical Military Review military thought mission modern Moreover Moscow Novye voprosy voiny offensive opera Operational Art operational command operational level operational manoeuvre operational shock operational theory operativnogo iskusstva operatsii Panzer Leader patterns principle Red Army rival system RKKA Russian Schlieffen Schlieffen Plan simultaneous Soviet Staff Starry strike synchronization synergy tactical taktiki tank term theoretical theoreticians tion tional TRADOC trend Triandafillov troops Tukhachevskii udar Voennaia Voprosy strategii warfare Wehrmacht