Air power and maneuver warfare by Martin van Creveld, Kenneth S Brower, Steven L Canby, Air PDF

By Martin van Creveld, Kenneth S Brower, Steven L Canby, Air University Press

268 pages - Manneuver conflict in motion - Germany - Russia - pictures - Israel - Air strength in Nineteen Nineties

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57 Granted access to the adversary's plans, they not only concluded that their dispositions were correct but decided to move their forces even further north in order to link up with the Dutch at Breda. This maneuver was well suited for dealing with a repetition of the Schlieffen Plan; however, it exposed the Allied rear to a counterstroke delivered by way of the Ardennes, a region which they-and specifically General Gamelin, who in 1937 had made a personal study of the problem-considered as nearly impassable for mechanized forces.

The Luftwaffe's record in Poland was mixed. It opened the campaign with a surprise blow at dawn 1 September 1939, the first time in which any country had employed this tactic that was later to become standard in the hands of all attackers . However, fog and clouds covered many of the targets of Luftflotte 4 (East Prussia) in particular ; 41 moreover, the Poles had expected the German move and had dispersed or hidden many of their own aircraft. While the German pilots reported many Polish aircraft destroyed, a large part of those consisted of obsolete or unserviceable machines deliberately left on the runways, and some were 36 EARLY GERMAN CAMPAIGNS dummies .

Among NATO's corps, only the three interspersed German corps had a cross-corps capability because they could tap the assets of the German Territorial Army. All other corps were tethered to their own sectors because of the need to accompany counterattacking columns with cumbersome, nationally dedicated logistical trains. As of the last decade of the twentieth century, NATO's new force structure blueprint and operational concept are incompatible with its existing mode of logistic provision . Structuring by multinational corps compounds the difficulties .

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