Battling the Elements: Weather and Terrain in the Conduct of War / Edition 1

Battling the Elements: Weather and Terrain in the Conduct of War / Edition 1

by Harold A. Winters
     
 

Throughout history, from Kublai Khan's attempted invasions of Japan to Rommel's desert warfare, military operations have succeeded or failed on the ability of commanders to incorporate environmental conditions into their tactics. In Battling the Elements, geographer Harold A. Winters and former U.S. Army officers Gerald E. Galloway Jr., William J. Reynolds,

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Throughout history, from Kublai Khan's attempted invasions of Japan to Rommel's desert warfare, military operations have succeeded or failed on the ability of commanders to incorporate environmental conditions into their tactics. In Battling the Elements, geographer Harold A. Winters and former U.S. Army officers Gerald E. Galloway Jr., William J. Reynolds, and David W. Rhyne, examine the connections between major battles in world history and their geographic components, revealing what role factors such as weather, climate, terrain, soil, and vegetation have played in combat. Each chapter offers a detailed and engaging explanation of a specific environmental factor and then looks at several battles that highlight its effects on military operations. As this cogent analysis of geography and war makes clear, those who know more about the shape, nature, and variability of battleground conditions will always have a better understanding of the nature of combat and at least one significant advantage over a less knowledgeable enemy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801866487
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
971,406
Product dimensions:
6.76(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.93(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Harold A. Winters is a professor emeritus of geography at Michigan State University. Gerald E. Galloway Jr., who retired as a brigadier general after serving thirty-nine years in the U.S. army, is secretary for the U.S. Section of the International Joint Committee. William J. Reynolds, a retired colonel and Vietnam veteran, is northwest regional manager for Science Applications International Corporation. David W. Rhyne, a retired lieutenant colonel, teaches at Stonewall Jackson Middle School in Hanover County, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Contents:



1 Storms, Fair Weather, and Chance

Kamikazes, Dunkirk, and Normandy

2 Too Much and Too Wet

The Civil War Mud March and Flander's Fields

3 Clouds and Fog

The Bulge and Khe Sanh

4 Invading Another Climate as Seasons Change

Napoleon and Hitler Russia

5 Forests and Jungles

The Wilderness and the Ia Drang Valley

6 Terrains and Corridors

The American Civil War's Eastern Theater and World War I Verdun

7 Troubled Waters

River Crossings at Arnhem and Remagen

8 Glaciers Shape the Land

Alpine Fighting and the Road to Moscow

9 Peninsulas and Sea Coasts

Anzio and Inchon

10 Island Battles

Tarawa and Iwo Jima

11 Hot, Wet, and Sick

New Guinea and Dien Bien Phu

12 Heat, Rock, and Sand

The Western Desert and the Sinai

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