Raising Churchill's Army: The British Army and the War against Germany 1919-1945 [NOOK Book]

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This is the first serious analysis of the combat capability of the British army in the Second World War. It sweeps away the myth that the army suffered from poor morale, and that it only won its battles through the use of 'brute force' and by reverting to the techniques of the First World War. David French analyses the place of the army in British interwar strategy and during the Second World War. He shows that after 1918 the General Staff tried hard to learn the
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Raising Churchill's Army: The British Army and the War against Germany 1919-1945

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Overview

This is the first serious analysis of the combat capability of the British army in the Second World War. It sweeps away the myth that the army suffered from poor morale, and that it only won its battles through the use of 'brute force' and by reverting to the techniques of the First World War. David French analyses the place of the army in British interwar strategy and during the Second World War. He shows that after 1918 the General Staff tried hard to learn the
lessons of the First World War, enthusiastically embracing technology as the best way of minimizing future casualties. In the first half of the Second World War the army did suffer from manifold weaknesses, not just in the form of shortages of equipment, but also in the way in which it applied its
doctrine. Few soldiers were actively eager to close with the enemy, but the morale of the army never collapsed and its combat capability steadily improved from 1942 onwards. Professor French assesses Montgomery's contributions to the war effort and concludes the most important were his willingness to impose a uniform understanding of doctrine on his subordinates, and to use mechanized firepower in ways quite different from Haig in the First World War.
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"French's study is based on an exhaustive examination of previously unused primary material, and as such it will stand as the definitive work on the structure of the British Army between 1919 and 1945...it will win a devoted following."History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191608261
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 6/8/2000
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 How Are You to Succeed without Causing Losses?' Doctrine and Organization, 1919-1939 12
2 Regimental Officers and the Rank and File 48
3 Weapons and Equipment 81
4 Discipline and Morale 122
5 The Pre-War Army and the British Expeditionary Force, 1940 156
6 The Reformation of the Army, Home Forces, 1940-1943 184
7 The Desert War, 1940-1942 212
8 Monty's Army: Alam Halfa to the Rhine 240
Conclusion 274
Bibliography 287
Index 307
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