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Air Power and Maneuver Warfare Paperback – August 1, 2012
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- Paperback : 284 pages
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- ISBN-10 : 147836100X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1478361008
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.64 x 10 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 1, 2012)
- Language: : English
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- #2,035 in Military Aviation History (Books)
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Top reviews from the United States
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Solid 4-star rating.
I would like to provide textual content on that Rating as part of this Review, however am unable to do so. The ACDLT has restricted (without warning, specific notification, identification of specific problems or appeal). That being so, an inability to respond to Review comments by others (positive, negative, indifferent) would be unfair to myself and others.
But it is a solid 4-star book in this genre.
In describing the history of maneuver warfare, van Creveld pre-empts the maneuver warfare nay-sayers by going beyond simple parallels of the German model. Yes, he gives the reader an outstanding version how Nazi Germany 'Blitzkrieg' tactics (really the application of maneuver warfare concepts) devasted Europe in the opening months of the Second World War. But Dr. van Creveld also goes into detail regarding the Soviets' masterful turning of the tables on the Eastern Front, Israel's decisive brilliance in the Six Day War, and maneuver warfare's direct role in the defeat of Iraq in 1991.
Now, who should read this book? In my humble opinion this book should be mandatory for all new military officers and senior non-commissioned officer. Not because it espouses air power's importance in modern warfare, but because it gives the reader an excellent template from which to build a cohesive team and winning strategy for overcoming challenges. Hell, you could even cull out all references to air power and strictly look at the six principles of manuever warfare - I'm strongly considering doing my master's thesis on "Maneuver Warfare Concepts and Modern Business Strategy".
In short, whether you're a military member, aspiring military historian, or a business person looking for new creative techniques to conquering the competition, this book is for you!
Top reviews from other countries
The book is based on a series of case studies, including those of WW2 Germany and the Soviet Union, as well as post WW2 Israel and in the end the US led Gulf War of 1991. He examines the role of airpower in militaries that have oriented themselves around the maneuver warfare doctrine (as opposed to attrition) and comes to some surprising conclusions - for instance on strategic airpower, general need for air superiority etc.
Another aspect that was very interesting is the generally poor air / ground co-ordination of most - even highly proficient and advanced - militaries that prevailed all the way to the 1980s, which made certain types of missions simply not particularly feasible.
The book finishes with an assessment of the author's ideas performed by a USAF authority, although the transition is anything but smooth and well integrated (not sure if this is simply a Kindle issue but in the middle of a paragraph on the Gulf War a new voice takes over and starts examining the author's ideas). It is interesting to have such a review included in the book already, and somewhat novel. It would appear that the USAF sees several issues differently from the author, leading to an insightful debate.
Overall definitely not a book for those primarily interested in aviation as a collection of exciting aircraft, more for those really looking for doctrinal discussion, irrespective of whether their interest is only military, or if they have a broader strategic curiosity - the lessons can well be applied in a business environment, too.