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Clash of arms : how the allies won in Normandy
Hart, R. (Russell)
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Publication Information:
Boulder, Colo. : Lynne Rienner, 2001.
Physical Description:
xviii, 469 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Preparation: 1919-1944. The interwar period ; The United States, 1939-1944: the leviathan awakens ; Britain, 1939-1944: toils and troubles ; Canada, 1939-1944: the politics of neglect ; Germany, 1939-1944: Blitzkrieg unleashed -- Normandy 1944. A campaign overview ; The United States: the leviathan triumphant ; Britain: Montgomery's best batsmen fail ; Canada: learning the hard way ; Germany: the defeat of the Westheer.
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1630 Lexile.
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This volume examines how the Western Allies learned - on the battlefield - how to defeat the Nazi war machine. Beginning with an investigation of the interwar neglect that left the Allied militaries incapable of defeating Nazi aggression at the start of World War II, Russell Hart examines the wartime paths the Allies took toward improved military effectiveness. Central to his comparative study is the complex interplay of personalities, military culture, and wartime realities that determined how accurately the combatants learned the lessons of war, and how effectively they enhanced their battle capabilities.

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This book is an analysis of how and why the Allies were able to defeat the Germans in Normandy in 1944. Hart (history, Hawai'i Pacific Univ.) thoroughly examines how the American, British, Canadian, and German armies organized, trained, and equipped themselves during the interwar years and then describes how they adapted to the challenges of war from 1939 to 1944. His conclusion that the Germans were ahead of their rivals in 1939 will surprise no one; his argument that by 1944 the Americans had shown the greatest flexibility in adapting to the realities of combat and consequently had the most effective forces in the field challenges the conclusions of many, but is convincingly argued and well supported. Hart understands the complexity of his subject and skillfully pieces together the institutional development of the military forces with the political, economic, social, and cultural values of the societies that produced them. The result is an outstanding comparative study that blends the so-called new military history with traditional operational history. This is one of the most original and important studies of the war to appear recently. All collections. R. H. Larson Lycoming College

Table of Contents

D. E. Showalter
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Chronology: 1918-1944p. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Part 1 Preparation: 1919-1944
1 The Interwar Periodp. 17
2 The United States, 1939-1944: The Leviathan Awakensp. 69
3 Britain, 1939-1944: Toils and Troublesp. 101
4 Canada, 1939-1944: The Politics of Neglectp. 165
5 Germany, 1939-1944: Blitzkrieg Unleashedp. 195
Part 2 Normandy 1944
6 A Campaign Overviewp. 247
7 The United States: The Leviathan Triumphantp. 271
8 Britain: Montgomery's Best Batsmen Failp. 303
9 Canada: Learning the Hard Wayp. 341
10 Germany: The Defeat of the Westheerp. 371
Conclusionp. 409
Bibliographyp. 421
List of Acronyms and Abbreviationsp. 451
Indexp. 455
About the Bookp. 469