By Douglas Wilson Johnson
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 the matter is an outdated, one, and has claimed the eye of army experts in all nations and in all times.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.
Read or Download Battlefields of the World War: Western and Southern Fronts; A Study in Military Geography PDF
Similar military history_1 books
On December 30, 1999, the then Atal Bihari Vajpayee govt took an unheard of step of sacking it is temperamental yet vibrant army leader Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat for 'defiance of civilian authority'. this is often an neutral account of the incident which indicates that the swords have been drawn opposed to him a lot prior to he grew to become the naval leader and the felony battles he fought to realize his rightful position.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY supplies OPERATION CROSSROADS - LEST WE fail to remember! a thumbs up! An Atomic Veterans's Eyewitness Account of Operation CROSSROADS . .. In July 1946, hundreds of thousands of individuals around the globe waited anxiously by way of their radios for the result of the 1st postwar atomic bomb exams code-named Operation CROSSROADS.
Writer Lena Sisco, a former division of protection army Interrogator and U. S. military officer, takes the reader throughout the missions and private lives of U. S. Marines who've been forward-deployed in antagonistic environments all around the center East. She exhibits how they use the mastery in their sniper abilities to mitigate threats and negate the enemy’s skill to disrupt U.
The latest installment within the ny occasions number 1 bestselling significant other sequence to the Fox old docudrama, invoice O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies; The Civil warfare is a pulse-quickening account of the deadliest conflict in American historyFrom the delivery of the Republican social gathering to the Confederacy’s first conference, the Underground Railroad to the Emancipation Proclamation, the conflict of Gettysburg to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, invoice O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies: The Civil conflict unearths the fantastic and sometimes little recognized tales at the back of the conflict traces of America’s bloodiest conflict and debunks the myths that encompass its maximum figures, together with Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, basic Robert E.
- An Only Son of the 381st: The Life of Andy Piter, Jr.
- Norman's Navy Years: 1942-1959 (Images of America)
- Chattanooga 1863: Grant and Bragg in Central Tennessee (Campaign)
- Fortress Islands Malta: Defence & Re-Supply During the Siege
- Trench: A History of Trench Warfare on the Western Front
- Nathanael Greene in South Carolina: Hero of the American Revolution (Military)
Extra info for Battlefields of the World War: Western and Southern Fronts; A Study in Military Geography
Battlefields of the World War: Western and Southern Fronts; A Study in Military Geography by Douglas Wilson Johnson