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Military Adaptation in War : With Fear of Change - Williamson Murray

Military Adaptation in War

With Fear of Change

Hardcover Published: 10th October 2011
ISBN: 9781107006591
Number Of Pages: 352

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Military Adaptation in War addresses one of the most persistent problems that military organizations confront: namely, the problem of how to adapt under the trying, terrifying conditions of war. This work builds on the volume that Professor Williamson Murray edited with Allan Millett on military innovation (a quite different issue, though similar in some respects). In Clausewitzian terms, war is a contest, an interactive duel, which is of indeterminate length and presents a series of intractable problems at every level, from policy and strategy down to the tactical. Moreover, the fact that the enemy is adapting at the same time presents military organizations with an ever-changing set of conundrums that offer up no easy solutions. As the British general, James Wolfe, suggested before Quebec: 'War is an option of difficulties'. Dr Murray provides an in-depth analysis of the problems that military forces confront in adapting to these difficulties.

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' ... [the author] has produced not only an excellent historical account of adaptation in twentieth-century warfare, but a forensic dissection of the common factors and approaches that can be applied to improve the chances of a military organization successfully adapting to future challenges. It is the best single-volume study of the subject yet written, and deserves a place on the bookshelf with Smith's The Utility of Force and Cohen and Gooch's Military Misfortunes: the Anatomy of Failure in War - and alongside Sun Tzu and Clausewitz.' Survival
'... an important work for those interested in the events it covers, as well as for anyone concerned with how armed forces tick.' A. A. Nofi, www.strategypage.com
"Murray's analysis of the leadership of Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding during the Battle of Britain is alone worth the price of the book." David T. Zabecki, Military History
"Williamson Murray has crafted a compelling argument that adaptation in war is a difficult, problematic process." Captain Stanley D. M. Carpenter, Proceedings
"This is a rich field to be explored, not only by academics and military historians, but, most importantly, the armed forces themselves - but Murray could not be expected to cover everything. He has produced not only an excellent historical account of adaptation in twentieth-century warfare, but a forensic dissection of the common factors and approaches that can be applied to improve the chances of a military organisation successfully adapting to future challenges. It is the best single volume study of the subject yet written, and deserves a place on the bookshelf with Smith's The Utility of Force and Cohen and Gooch's Military Misfortunes: The Anatomy of Failure in War - and alongside Sun Tzu and Clausewitz." Ben Barry, Survival
"... an important work for those interested in the events it covers, as well as for anyone concerned with how armed forces tick." A. A. Nofi, www.strategypage.com

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: The Background to Military Adaptationp. 1
The Historical Framework of Adaptationp. 37
Complex Adaptation: The Western Front: 1914-1918p. 74
Flawed Adaptation: German Adaptation: The Opening Battles of World War IIp. 119
The Battle for the British Isles: June 1940-May 1941p. 153
Adaptation in the Air War: RAF Bomber Command and the Luftwaffe's Air Defenses (15 May 1940-7 May 1945)p. 196
The 1973 Yom Kippur Warp. 262
Conclusion: Adaptation and the Futurep. 305
Indexp. 329
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ISBN: 9781107006591
ISBN-10: 1107006597
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 10th October 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.8  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.61

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