This compelling book provides the first global history of the evolution of combined operations since Antiquity. Beginning with amphibious warfare in the ancient world of the Romans, Vikings, and Mongols, Jeremy Black advances through the Gunpowder Revolution, the rise of maritime empires and the formation of nation-states, the early Industrial Revolution and the adaptation of modern technology to warfare, the twentieth-century world wars, the Cold War, and concluding with the modern age of irregular and asymmetric conflict.
Black's informed and analytical narrative emphasizes conflicts around the world, focusing not only on leading powers but also regional combatants. His case studies include amphibious operations in the Mongol invasions of Japan, the War for American Independence, and the Gallipoli campaign of World War I. He also explores the development and effectiveness of airborne operations as a way to project military power inland. Offering a balanced assessment of strategic, operational, and technical developments over time, Black considers both the potential and limitations of amphibious and airborne warfare-past, present, and future.
This is a very necessary, and long overdue, book that sheds light on a neglected facet of military and naval history: the combined operation. Adopting a global context, Jeremy Black explains the evolving strategic, tactical, and political purposes of combined operations from the ancient world to the modern day. In so doing, he demonstrates that these organizationally complex operations have mapped the fluctuating character of war over time and remain a potentially effective asymmetrical engagement in global conflict.--KAJ McLay, Canterbury Christ Church University
Preface Abbreviations 1 Combined Operations to 1500 2 The Early Modern Period, 1500 to 1700 3 The Eighteenth Century, 1700-1775 4 The American Revolution, and the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1775-1815 5 The Nineteenth Century, 1815-1914 6 The First World War, 1914-18 7 The Interwar Period, 1918-39 8 The Second World War, I, 1939-42 9 The Second World War, II, 1942-45 10 The Cold War, 1945-90 11 Since 1990 12 Conclusions Notes Selected Further Readin
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 13 - 17
Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 15th September 2017
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19
Weight (kg): 0.39