A War To Be Won: Fighting the Second World War by Williamson Murray

By Williamson Murray

Nice e-book. essentially breaks down and covers each point of worldwide warfare . covers subject matters completely. nice publication for somebody attracted to WWII.

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5 Italy’s strategic vulnerability, economic weaknesses, and lack of natural resources all made it a dubious ally. Although the Italians matched French defense spending over the last half of the 1930s, much of that effort went to support the conquest of Ethiopia in 1935–36 and Franco’s struggle to overthrow the Republican government in Spain, neither of which did anything to improve Fascist Italy’s strategic situation. The resources Mussolini provided the army were misspent attempting to support a force struc- T H E R E VO LU T I O N I N M I L I TA RY O P E R AT I O N S ture Italy could not afford.

The leadership was inclined to press on and “hope” that things would turn out well. Yet, to understand France’s military weakness in the face of the upcoming war, one must look beyond the doctrinal weaknesses of the army to the sheer complacency it exhibited in preparing for war. Its exercises provided little training and even less food for thought. The French trained lackadaisically, while their German opponents prepared with the Teutonic thoroughness that they brought to war. In contrast with the French Army, the Red Army made a distinct effort in the 1920s to break with the past.

Army’s components: its regular force, the reserves, the National Guard, and the Army Air Corps. But the Depression of 1929 ended that approach. Concerned T H E R E VO LU T I O N I N M I L I TA RY O P E R AT I O N S about Japanese aggressiveness, two army chiefs of staff, Douglas MacArthur and Malin Craig, shifted investment to the portions of the army they thought could be brought to readiness for immediate war, which meant within eight months. That force might reach 400,000 soldiers, but its budget fell more than $1 billion short of necessary weapons and equipment.

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