Master your Minecraft

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    What I'm Giving | December 4, 2014

    Fred Armisen: IMG Fred Armisen: What I'm Giving

    At Powell's, we feel the holidays are the perfect time to share our love of books with those close to us. For this special blog series, we reached... Continue »

Qualifying orders ship free.
New Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
1 Remote Warehouse Military- Strategy Tactics and Deception

More copies of this ISBN

Other titles in the Modern War Studies series:

Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm: The Evolution of Operational Warfare (Modern War Studies)


Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm: The Evolution of Operational Warfare (Modern War Studies) Cover


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

When Germany launched its blitzkrieg invasion of France in 1940, it forever changed the way the world waged war. Although the Wehrmacht ultimately succumbed to superior Allied firepower in a two-front war, its stunning operational achievement left a lasting impression on military commanders throughout the world, even if their own operations were rarely executed as effectively.

Robert Citino analyzes military campaigns from the second half of the twentieth century to further demonstrate the difficulty of achieving decisive results at the operational level. Offering detailed operational analyses of actual campaigns, Citino describes how UN forces in Korea enjoyed technological and air superiority but found the enemy unbeatable; provides analyses of Israeli operational victories in successive wars until the Arab states finally grasped the realities of operational-level warfare in 1973; and tells how the Vietnam debacle continued to shape U.S. doctrine in surprising ways. Looking beyond major-power conflicts, he also reveals the lessons of India's blitzkrieg-like drive into Pakistan in 1971 and of the senseless bloodletting of the Iran-Iraq War.

Citino especially considers the evolution of U.S. doctrine and assesses the success of Desert Storm in dismantling an entrenched defending force with virtually no friendly casualties. He also provides one of the first scholarly analyses of Operation Iraqi Freedom, showing that its plan was curiously divorced from the realities of military history, grounded instead on nebulous theories about expected enemy behavior. Throughout Citino points to the importance of mobility—especially mobilized armor—in modern operational warfare and assesses the respective roles of firepower, training, doctrine, and command and control mechanisms.

Brimming with new insights, Citino's study shows why technical superiority is no guarantee of victory and why a thorough grounding in the history of past campaigns is essential to anyone who wishes to understand modern warfare. Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm provides that grounding as it addresses the future of operational-level warfare in the post-9/11 era.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


1. Toward World War II: The Quest for Decisive Victory

2. In Search of the Impossible: The German Operational Breakdown in World War II, 1940-1942

3. The Allies in Search of Decisive Victory

4. Forgotten No Longer: The War in Korea

5. The Arab-Israeli Wars

6. Operational Success and Failure: The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 and the Iran-Iraq War

7. The U.S. Army: Collapse and Rebirth

8. The U.S. Army at War: Desert Storm



Works Cited


Product Details

Citino, Robert M.
University Press of Kansas
Citino, Robert Michael
Lawrence, Kan.
Military - Strategy
Military history, Modern
Operational art
Military history, Modern -- 20th century.
Operational art (Military science)
Military-Strategy Tactics and Deception
Military - General
Modern War Studies
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
9.38x6.40x1.50 in. 1.72 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Arsenal of World War II: The... New Hardcover $65.25
  2. Battle: A History of Combat and Culture Sale Trade Paper $8.98
  3. The Barbarian Invasions: History of... New Trade Paper $56.95
  4. Playing for Their Nation: Baseball... New Hardcover $36.75
  5. Edward Teller: The Real Dr. Strangelove New Hardcover $38.50
  6. Stalinism and Nazism: History and... Used Trade Paper $9.95

Related Subjects

Children's » Animals » Animal Stories » General
Children's » General
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Military » Strategy Tactics and Deception
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present

Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm: The Evolution of Operational Warfare (Modern War Studies) New Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$40.95 In Stock
Product details 430 pages University Press of Kansas - English 9780700613007 Reviews:
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at