Breaking with the tradition that literature about the direction and
coordination of military forces should only deal with technology
and procedures, this work also takes into account the underlying
domestic conditions of a conflict, including cultural, personal and
political relations. The book focuses on two instances, where
fundamental assumptions were at loggerheads and provides a
theoretical "nuts and bolts" approach introduced within the opening
Firstly, the book investigates the effect of the several armies
present "in the field" without any central authority during March
1918. It explores how this expensive luxury, as the Germans
threatened to destroy the allied forces, caused internal British
disagreements over strategy which weakened the British
The second case analyses how Norway tumbled into war in 1940. The
Norwegian government had a tacit, incoherent and ill-coordinated
plan for how they should once again keep Norway out of war. As a
consequence, the de facto decision to resist German aggression was
in fact taken by a rather insignificant colonel. This case
demonstrates how the underlying conditions of command and control
and not the actual directives from the government were the
historical focus which determined Norway's destiny.
Frank Cass Publishers
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