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Inside the Nazi War Machine: How Three Generals Unleashed Hitler's Blitzkrieg Upon the Worldby Bevin Alexander
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Acclaimed military historian Bevin Alexander offers a fresh and cogent analysis of Stonewall Jacksons military genius and reveals how the Civil War might have ended differently if Jacksons strategies had been adopted.
The Civil War of 186165 pitted the industrial North against the agricultural South, and remains the most catastrophic conflict in terms of loss of life in American history. With triple the population and eleven times the industry, the Union had a decided advantage over the Confederacy in terms of direct conflict and conventional warfare. One general had the vision of an alternative approach that could win the War for the South—his name was Thomas J. Stonewall” Jackson.
It was Jacksons strategy to always strike at the Unions vulnerabilities, not to challenge its power directly. He won a campaign against the North with a force only a quarter of the size of the Union army, and he was the first commander to recognize the overwhelming defensive power of the new rifles and cannons. With most of its military forces on the offensive in the South, the North was left virtually undefended on its own turf. Jackson believed invading the eastern states along the great industrial corridor from Baltimore to Maine could divide and cripple the Union, forcing surrender. But he failed to convince Confederate president Jefferson Davis or General Robert E. Lee of the viability of his plan.
In Such Troops as These, Bevin Alexander presents a compelling case for Stonewall Jackson as a supreme military strategist and the greatest general in American history. Fiercely dedicated to the cause of Southern independence, Jackson would not live to see the end of the War. But his military legacy lives on and finds fitting tribute in this book.
"Expert military strategist Alexander examines the battles that left the armies of Holland, France, Great Britain, and Belgium in ruins, revealing the methods Nazi Germany used in a six-week period in 1940 that ultimately led to the surrender of France. Maneuver warfare, or blitzkrieg, is a very quick and concentrated attack using groups of tanks supported by aircraft that aims to leave a gaping hole in the enemy's front. Alexander attributes the German success to the individual leadership the Germans granted subordinate commanders and, in turn, the army's flexibility. Generals Erwin Rommel, Erich von Manstein, and Heinz Guderian are credited with developing this excellent strategy, yet despite its efficacy, Hitler's stubborn vision of conquering the Soviet Union and exterminating Europe's Jewish population ultimately cost Germany the war. With a presentation of his extensive knowledge using both maps and the reconstruction of battles, Alexander's military expertise prevails best when he highlights the costly mistakes made by the German army during the war. Photos. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Expert military strategist Alexander examines the groundbreaking martial concepts developed by brilliant generals Erwin Rommel, Erich von Manstein, and Heinz Guderian, whose plan was to unleash the power of the tank, creating juggernauts that would slam into and through enemy lines--the Blitzkrieg.
Douglas MacArthur famously said there is no substitute for victoryand#160;.and#160;.and#160;.
As a United States general, he had an unparalleled genius for military strategy, and it was under his leadership that Japan was rebuilt into a democratic ally after World War II. But MacArthur carried out his zero-sum philosophy both on and off the battlefield. During the Korean War, in defiance of President Harry S. Truman and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he pushed for an aggressive confrontation with Communist Chinaandmdash;a position intended to provoke a wider war, regardless of the cost or consequences.
MacArthurandrsquo;s ambition to stamp out Communism across the globe was in direct opposition to President Truman, who was much more concerned with containing the Soviet Union than confronting Red China. The infamous clash between the two leaders was not only an epic turning point in history, but the ultimate struggle between civil and military power in the United States. While other U.S. generals have challenged presidential authorityandmdash;from Zachary Taylor in the Mexican War and George B. McClellan in the Civil War to General Stanley A. McChrystal in Afghanistanandmdash;no other military leader has ever so brazenly attempted to dictate national policy.
In MacArthurandrsquo;s War, Bevin Alexander details MacArthurandrsquo;s military and political battles, from the alliances he made with Republican leaders to the threatening ultimatum he delivered to China against ordersandmdash;the action that directly led to his dismissal on April 11, 1951.
In 1940, as Hitler plotted to conquer Europe, only one nation posed a serious threat to the Third Reich's domination: France. The German command was wary of taking on the most powerful armed force on the continent. But three low-ranking generals-Eric von Manstein, Heinz Guderian, and Erwin Rommel-were about to change the face of modern warfare.
By grouping tanks into juggernauts to slam through enemy lines, the blitzkrieg was born. With this aggressive, single-minded plan, the Nazis bypassed the supposedly impenetrable Maginot Line, charged into the heart of France, and alerted the world that the deadly might of Germany could no longer be ignored.
About the Author
Bevin Alexander is the author of ten books on military history, including How Wars Are Won and How Hitler Could Have Won World War II. He is an adjunct professor at Longwood University in Virginia.
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