Gift Guide

Command and Control in Military Crisis: Devious Decisions / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $105.06
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 46%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (6) from $105.06   
  • New (3) from $190.20   
  • Used (3) from $105.06   


"Literature on command and control (the direction and coordination of military forces) traditionally deals with technology and procedures. The underlying domestic conditions, including cultural, personal and political relations, are rarely the focus for command and control theory. This book analyses two instances where several tacit, but still fundamental, assumptions were at loggerheads. The study is based on theoretical 'nuts and bolts', provided in the opening chapters." "In March 1918, the 'luxury' of having several armies present in the field, without any central military authority, had become too expensive, with the Germans threatening to destroy the Allied forces piecemeal. In this first case study, the author shows how internal British disagreements over strategy initially weakened the British Expeditionary Force, and then how Field Marshal Haig made matters worse by relentlessly fighting for his prerogatives as their supreme commander. The book also shows how, after the war, Haig forged his own account of the incident, to disguise his intolerable 'surrender' to a French general, and how this deception has coloured historians' accounts of the episode, until today." The second case study analyses how Norway tumbled into war in 1940. The Norwegian government had a tacit, incoherent and poorly coordinated plan for how they should once again keep Norway out of war. As a consequence, a de facto decision to resist German aggression was in fact taken by a rather insignificant colonel. The author demonstrates how the underlying conditions of command and control, and not the actual directives from the government, which have traditionally been the historians' focus, determined Norway's destiny.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714654904
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Series: Military History and Policy Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 146
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Series Editor's Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Command and Control 3
3 Crisis 12
4 Case 1: The Tactical Field Marshal 16
5 Case 2: The Strategic Colonel 69
6 Conclusion 103
Notes 107
Bibliography 133
Index 143
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)