Get Battlefields of the World War: Western and Southern Fronts; PDF

By Douglas Wilson Johnson

ISBN-10: 1344804225

ISBN-13: 9781344804226

this can be a great e-book in regards to the battles and battlefields from the ground-level view. it's very mat-of-fact in tone and brims with details now not stumbled on in other places on those lethal battles. It comprises very important terrain images, intended to be tactical impressions.

From the advent . . .

"Do the mountains protect the military, or does the military protect the mountains?" the matter is an outdated, one, and has claimed the eye of army experts in all nations and in all times.
Expressed in broader phrases, it's the oft-debated query as to the relative impact of topography upon process and strategies below altering stipulations of war. it truly is an ever-recurring
question, for every "revolution" in tools of strive against brings in its teach a physique of opinion motive on demonstrating that, lower than the
new stipulations of scuffling with, topographic hindrances have misplaced their value, strategic gateways now not exist, and commanding
positions now not "command." Then, as opposing forces percentage within the new discoveries, or revenue in equivalent degree by way of new systems,
the primary significance of topography reasserts itself, and every part maneuvers for an positive place at the terrain
as one of many necessities to victory in battle.

The query continues to be a reside one. The struggle of this present day employs quite a few innovations and technical units, every one of which can seem to lessen, if to not break, the impact of topography
upon army operations. What safety is a river channel, while the fashionable army engineer can throw bridges throughout it in a couple of hours, defended by way of artillery which could achieve the enemy
many miles past the farther financial institution? What want has the artillery
for hill positions, whilst weapons at the moment are typically hid in valleys and ravines, firing with great accuracy upon objectives
the gunners by no means see? With sound-ranging and flashranging units to identify enemy batteries, with airplanes and aerial photog'1lphy to find those and different targets and to exercise
surveillance over enemy pursuits, of what value is a paltry elevation of a few few tens or hundreds and hundreds of ft, dignified in past wars as "dominating heights?" So may possibly one multiply,
indefinitely, queries the typical solution to which might appear to be that during the struggle of the current time the innovations of guy have diminished to insignificance the ro1e of Nature.

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