The Direction of War: A Critique of the Political Direction and High Command in War

The Direction of War: A Critique of the Political Direction and High Command in War

The Direction of War: A Critique of the Political Direction and High Command in War

The Direction of War: A Critique of the Political Direction and High Command in War

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Many books have been written on Military Command from individual Service viewpoints but I believe that this is the first essay made on the subject from an inter-Service and inter-Allied approach. It is an attempt to elucidate and answer fundamental problems facing our Political Direction and High Command at the present time. I have been constrained to make this attempt in view of the growing urgency of these problems and the demands which they are likely to make on our political and military leaders in the future.

I am well aware that this work is only one person's interpretation of military history and one person's limited personal experience in war. It represents only one cross-section of the total panorama of war and many other books must be written and studied before the inter-Service lessons of military forces and leadership can be deduced.

In presenting this book to the public, I wish to thank the many friends whose comments and criticisms as well as encouragement have helped to make it possible: in particular, my former colleague Air Marshal Sir Philip Wigglesworth, who was kind enough to read certain chapters, and my old friend William Demel for his patience and cooperation in the early trials of the book. I have to thank Morley Jamieson for help in preparing the MS. and in reading the proofs.

I am further indebted to the following ladies who have all undertaken the typing, some of it arduous: Miss Marion Childs, Miss M. Hunter and my late and most helpful secretary, Jean Kench.

Whitehall Court, S.W.1. March 1954.

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