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Articles from Vol. 77, No. 5, September/October

A Dark and Bloody Ground: The Hurtgen Forest and the Roer River Dams, 1944-1945
A DARK AND BLOODY GROUND: The Hurtgen Forest and the Roer River Dams, 1944-1945 by Edward G. Miller. 250 pages. Texas A&M University Press. College Station. 1995. $29.95. This book gives a detailed account of the September 1944 to February 1945 battle...
Battle Command: Will We Have It When We Need It?
THE US ARMY has embraced battle command, a concept which involves expertise in understanding the current state of the battlefield, visualizing a desired future end state, communicating intent and making the desired end state a reality. I In simpler terms,...
Clash of Chariots: The Great Tank Battles / Iron Fist: Classic Armored Warfare Case Studies
CLASH OF CHARIOTS: The Great Tank Battles by Tom Donnelly and Sean Naylor. Edited by Walter J. Boyne. 301 pages. Berklcy Books, New York. 1996. $31.95. IRON FIST: Classic Armored Warfare Case Studies by Bryan Perrett. 222 pages. Arms & Armour Press,...
Command or Control? Command, Training and Tactics in the British and German Armies, 1888-1918
COMMAND OR CONTROL? Command, Training and Tactics in the British and German Armies, 1888-1918 by Martin Samuels. 339 pages. Frank Cass Publishers, London. (Distributed by International Specialized Book Services Inc., Portland, OR.) 1996. $45.00 clothbound....
Decision Making-A Better Way
The ability to make decisions is fundamental to "getting inside the enemy's decision loop." This promise alludes to the importance such skills play in our ability to fight and win. Whoever makes the best decisions the fastest, will incrementally increase...
Dispatches from the Front: News Accounts of American Wars, 1776-1991
DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONT: News Accounts of American Wars, 1776-1991 by Nathaniel Lande. 416 pages. Henry Holt & Co. Inc., New York. 1995. $35.(XI. Dispatches fiom the Fro)tt, a reference book by a former director of Tine World Net's Serice, is a...
End State Pitfalls: A Strategic Perspective
End states, exit strategies and related war termination issues have received much attention in recent years, largely because of the Gulf War's awkward finish and the contention surrounding deployment of US ground troops to the Balkans. The attention...
Failed-State Operational Environment Concepts
In the September-October 1996 issue of Military Review, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel John B. Hunt provides many crucial contributions to the debate surrounding failed-state operations known as operations other than war (OOTW) and stability and support...
From the Editor
For the US Army, the 21st century began in 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell. No one could predict the magnitude, pace and fundamental nature of the physical and cultural changes confronting the Army over the next eight years. The type and complexity of...
Grave of A Dozen Schemes: British Naval Planning and the War against Japan, 1943-1945
GRAVE OF A DOZEN SCHEMES: British Naval Planning and the War Against Japan, 1943-1945 by H.P. Willmott. 316 pages. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. 1996. $36.95. Grave of a Dozen Schemes is a frustrating book, not because it is poorly written or...
Initiative: The Power Behind Intent
MISSION ORDERS. Initiative by subordinates. The ability to seize a moment's opportunity for success or to turn defeat into victory. This is the capability our doctrine envisions, which our education and our leaders state needs to be embedded within our...
Mr. Truman's War: The Final Victories of World War II and the Birth of the Postwar World
MR TRUMAN'S WAR: The Final Victories of World War II and the Birth of the Postwar World by J. Robert Moskin. 411 pages. Random House, New York. 1996. $30.00. J. Robert Moskin's book could easily be titled "Mr. Truman's Wars," considering the common man...
My Father's War: A Son's Journey
MY FATHER'S WAR: A Son's Journey by Peter Richmond. 263 pages. Simon & Schuster Inc., New York. 1996. $23.IHI. Although former sports journalist and current feature writer Peter Richmond organizes his memoirs of his father's World War II service...
Operational Art's Origins
This article examines operational art's evolution in response to strategies' shifting content, operations' changing nature and military structures' evolving character. The author contends "the appearance of major new elements within the international...
Preserving Mission-Focused Command and Control
The demands of fighting both as an industrial and post-industrial power place a premium on well-educated, professional men and women who have mastered the tools of modern warfare while maintaining the traditional fighting spirit of the US Armed Forces....
Rape Warfare: The Hidden Genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia
RAPE WARFARE: The Hidden Genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia by Beverly Allen. 180 pages. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis. 1996. $20.00. Rape Warfare is a compelling book and should be read by all military officers who will serve or...
Senseless Secrets: The Failures of US Military Intelligence from George Washington to the Present
SENSELESS SECRETS: The Failures of US Military Intelligence From George Washington to the Present by Michael Lee Lanning. Carol Publishing Group. New York. 1995. $24.95. In this book, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Lanning reviews the shortfalls in American...
Telltale Hearts: The Origins and Impact of the Vietnam Antiwar Movement
TELLTALE HEARTS: The Origins and Impact of the Vietnam Antiwar Movement by Adam Garfinkle. 370 pages. St. Martin's Press. New York. 1996. 524.95. Adam Garfinkle, author and resident scholar at the Foreign Policy Institute, attended Vietnam antiwar rallies...
Terrain Visualization
AT 1500 ON 2 JULY 1863, Lieutenant General James Longstreet's artillery opened fire as Major General John B. Hood's division readied for its attack on the Union left flank at Gettysburg. Major General George G. Meade, the Union commander, rode to the...
The Battle for History: Refighting World War II
THE BATTLE FOR HISTORY: Refighting World War II by John Keegan. 128 pages. Vintage Books, New York. 1996. $10.00. "The real war will never get in the books," declared Walt Whitman about the American Civil War. Popular British military writer John Keegan...
The Battle for Manila: The Most Devastating Untold Story of World War II
THE BATTLE FOR HISTORY: Refighting World War II by John Keegan. 128 pages. Vintage Books, New York. 1996. $10.00. "The real war will never get in the books," declared Walt Whitman about the American Civil War. Popular British military writer John Keegan...
The Future of Mission Orders
AS WE MOVE CLOSER to the informationage technologies that pave the way to Force XXI, not everyone looks to the future in anticipation. While many professional journals proclaim the revolution in military affairs' potential advantages, officers and noncommissioned...
The Leavenworth Staff College: A Historical Overview
As the 20th century ends, it heralds a new era in the US Army's evolution-Force XXI. As with other Army institutions, the US Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, has begun to consider how it needs to change to meet...
The New FM 100-5: A Return to Operational Art
Well-conceived and clearly articulated doctrine can instill confidence throughout an army. Therefore an army's doctrine can have the most profound effect in its performance in war. SUCCESSFUL military organizations change to meet future requirements-wisely...
The Political Dimension of Political Action: What Works?
Recent articles highlight a critical shortcoming in current military operations planning occurring at the Pentagon-and elsewhere within the Army. 1 A crucial element missing is interrelationship consideration between political and military requirements-especially...
The Red Orchestra
THE RED ORCHESTRA bv V.E. Tarrant. 224 pages. John Wiley & Sons Inc., New York. 1996. $24.95. During World War II, a massive Soviet intelligence network of more than 200 agents operated in Western Europe. VE. Tarrant's objective is to tell the story...
The Rommel Myth
FIELD MARSHAL Erwin Rommel rode across North Africa onto the pages of history. His legend secure, Rommel will be forever thought of as a military genius who, but for bad fortune and the faults of others, might have changed the course of World War II....
The US Army Command and General Staff College: A Changing Institution
CGSOC is being taught in an enlironment of change. Army requirements are so broad today that we can't isolate one method of fighting or one set of circumstances that will satisfy the requirements of any single student. IsL,tead we must prepare students...
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