by Hoffman Nickerson
brilliant author of
The Armed Horde
surveysthe tactical and strategical lessons World War IIhas taught us. He begins with a chapter on MassWarfare, explains the military background of 1939,and then gives us a summary of the militarystrategy employed in the world theater from 1939through 1944. He shows us the development of larger tactical units, the increased use of artillerywith great range and power, the lightning victoriesthat the team of planes and tanks made possible inthe early years of the war, the increased use of bombing, and the military problems that Germanyfaced when Russia was attacked. With PearlHarbor the author turns his attention to thestrategical difficulties that confronted theBritish-American Allies, explains the campaigns inFrench North Africa, and carries on his narrativethrough the European campaigns that followedD-Day.
of the most interesting features of
Arms and Policy
in Major Nickerson's discussion of the postwar military policy of the United States interms of geography and recruitment and our uniquestrategic strength. This brings him, in a finalchapter, to a sober and informed discussion of thechances of a tolerable degree of future peace.
is the author of several books and a frequent contributor to bothgeneral and Service publications. He wrote thearticle on
in the Encyclopedia Britannica, andthe
Field Artillery Journal
has said that he "isconsidered by many to be the foremost Americanwriter on the higher theory of war." Until 1944 heserved as a Major in a section of the General Staff in Washington.
The First Three Acts
Stage Setting, 1939
The Opposing War Plans
The German Lightning Victories
London, Moscow, and Pearl Harbor
High Tide and Slack Water
German Outposts Fall
Decisive Attacks Launched
The Triumph of the Gun
Air Power and Team Play
U. S. Military Policy:Imperialism or Defense?
Must We Have World War III?
Europe, September, 1939Poland, September 1, 1939Poland, September 8, 1939Poland, September 17, 1939 Norway, April, 1940Strategic Diagram, May, 1940The German Break-Through May 13, 1940The Bulge and Dunkirk Land Versus Sea, June, 1940The Invasion Coast, July-October, 1940The Mediterranean After France's FallAxis and Soviet 1941Japanese Conquests, June, 1942Axis and Soviet, 1942German High Tide, September-October, 1942 North African Landings, November 8, 1942Kasserine to MessinaSoviet Front November, 1942-November, 1943Messina to Rome, September, 1943-June, 1944Europe, June 1, 1944Invasion Coasts, Spring, 1944Soviet and Italian Fronts, June-September, 1944 N. W. France, 1944European Axis, September 15, 1944Guadalcanal to Leyte
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