The Master of the Battlefield Part I

Biography Doctrine Strategy 29 Min Read

“Battle of Moscow, 7th September 1812”, 1822 by Louis Lejeune Bonaparte was first and foremost a military man, a soldier, a general, a commander of armies, and a deadly destroyer of his opponents’ military capacity. His aim throughout his career was to move swiftly to a position where he obliged the enemy to fight a major battle, destroy the enemy’s


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ANZAC Battle Ottoman Strategy 17 Min Read

The Turk in WWI

The Turks established a reputation for themselves as fierce fighters in defensive battles. Their lines around Gaza were strengthened in 1916 and 1917. Ottoman officers who successfully defended Gaza during the first battle. First Battle of Gaza Turkey, despite its backwardness, had twice defeated Britain in battle, and its military

Soviet Strategy 11 Min Read

Soviet policy and strategy in the Mediterranean

Since the end of World War II Soviet policy and strategy in the Mediterranean has undergone several major changes. After the defeat of Nazi Germany the Soviet position in the Black Sea was greatly strengthened by the establishment of the communist-led rebellion in Greece. Turkey’s geostrategic position in the Aegean

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Hitler’s Undoing! Part I

In Hitler’s headquarters there was no intimation of these future troubles in the first seven months of 1942, for it looked as if Germany’s two most important opponents would be unable to keep on   fighting much longer. In the spring the Afrika Korps, whose first thrust towards Cairo had been

Strategy 12 Min Read

Hitler’s Undoing! Part II

Hitler had always had a tendency to over-emphasize the power of the will to master difficult situations, and this made him disinclined to admit that space and time and the strength and morale of the enemy impose limits upon one’s military capabilities. In the grim winter of 1941-2 Halder, Chief

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Southern Strategy

Robert E. Lee The first great battle came on July 21, 1861, a few months after the Confederate shelling of Fort Sumter. At the Battle of First Bull Run fought near the Union capital, a Southern army defeated its Union counterpart in a hard-fought struggle that lasted most of the

Biography Strategy 7 Min Read

A Strategy of Concentration

A personal favorite of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Braxton Bragg was a fine organizer and a strategist of real ability during the Civil War. However, his lack of nerve under stress, coupled with a garrulous, combative personality, limited his effectiveness for field command and cost the Confederacy several key victories.

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Lend-Lease to the USSR

American Lend-Lease supplies to the USSR 1941–45. Soviet historiography is mocked in the West, where

The Western Front: Lions Led by Donkeys?

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New Strategies of the Third Century Roman Empire I

‘Posterity, which experienced the fatal effects of his maxims and example, justly considered as the

“Ernie King’s beloved ocean”

In 1921 a Marine staff officer by the name of Major Earl “Pete” Ellis made