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Into the Storm: A Study in Command (Commander Series) Paperback – May 1, 2007
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To really like this book you need to be a bit of a military fanatic. Fred Franks repeats so many times how wonderful it is to be a soldier, and how great the "warrior ethos" is, that you realize that for him the military is practically a religion.
The thing in this book that I found the most interesting are the descriptions of the magnitude of military might that was fielded during Desert Storm.
The American Army VII Corps (commanded by Gen. Franks) included 146,000 soldiers, 50,000 vehicles (incl. 1,600 tanks) and 800 helicopters. Not only are these numbers huge, but the logistics involved are mind-boggling: the soldiers need food and water, and the vehicles and aircraft burned an incredible 3.2 million gallons of fuel each day. When fighting the VII Corps expended 2,500 tons of ammunition every day.
And VII Corps was only part of the military forces involved. There was another Army corps, there were Marine units, there was the Air Force and the Navy, and forces from quite a few other countries. An amazing marshalling of military forces, and all under the command of General Stormin' Norman Schwarzkopf (more about him later).
I found the book interesting, but it does have a lot of problems. It's way too long, mostly due to repetitiveness. With some editing it could have been cut down by at least 30% with no loss of information.
Another problem is that there are no useful maps. There are a lot of small maps, about 1/3 of a page each, but they simply don't show enough detail.Read more ›
The book is basically three parts, the first section talks about the Generals career in the Army, the Army's development from Viet Nam to the Gulf War and a touch of the politics involved within the different military branches. The second section of the book deals with the build up to the ground war. The final section deals with the ground war both the stand-alone part and as a joint effort with the air war.
The author does not give you an action packed, inside the tank type of story. What we do get is the process for building up the forces, developing a plan, working with the other countries and military forces and finally the execution of the plan. I found the discussions of attack plan creation and the relationship between the air and ground element to be the most interesting. Overall this is a well-written and constructed book. It has a lot of value if you are interested in the Gulf War or just how current U.S. battles are planned and fought. A good compliment to this book is "The Commanders" by Woodward; it deals more with the U.S. politics involved in setting up the coalition and the interaction between the main U.S. players.
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A very long book, but is typical Clancy style very in-depth ( as are his other non-fiction works. I've read them all). Read morePublished 4 months ago by RUSS PE
Just finished reading "Into the Storm" and will next read Schwartzkopf's "It Doesn't Take A Hero" and look forward to comparing the reporting. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Joseph E. Filipczak
Please people with the money, if you buy a new book, include a used one in your shopping cart. Read more
An in depth first hand account that brings Gulf War One to life. This is the best book I've read about about a war that leaves no doubt of the lethality of a new generation of... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dennis C. Hendrixson
A very interesting and compelling book I especially enjoyed Gen. Fred Franks input it was most enjoyable.Published on July 15, 2014 by Jeffrey Capwell
Long but worthwhile book. Recommended for military & business leaders who wish to understand the unque challenges battlefield circumstances present in leadership development.Published on June 19, 2014 by leadership