Academic journal article Military Review

Clash of Arms: How the Allies Won in Normandy

Academic journal article Military Review

Clash of Arms: How the Allies Won in Normandy

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Russell A. Hart, Lynne Rinner Publishers. Boulder, CO, 2001, 469 pages, $79.95.

In Clash of Arms: How the Allies Won in Normandy, Russell A. Hart has captured, through intense research, the correlation between U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and German armies during World War II. He meticulously dissects each army into several categories of preparedness and execution, including an analysis of each army's World War I doctrine and how each failed to transition its doctrine to fit the conditions of World War II. Hart also discusses political trends and military institutional hierarchy and what effect these hierarchies had on each country.

Hart builds compelling arguments about each country's strengths and weaknesses during the interwar years. He is particularly harsh on Britain, stating how inflexible and unwilling it was to change its army's hierarchy, and he stresses that politics was the overriding factor that led to the neglect of Canadian forces. He praises the United States and Germany for their continued development during the interwar years. Finally, he tells how isolation and a lack of resources affected doctrinal thought and force development of the United States.

Hart uses the battle of Normandy as a testbed for determining if the armies were successful during the interwar years, adjusting his theory as he canvasses the experiences of each army as it entered the Normandy conflict. …

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