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Great captains and the challenge of second order technology: operational strategy and the motorisation of the British Army before 1940

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dc.contributor.advisor Fourie, D.F.S. en
dc.contributor.author Forrester, Charles James en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-25T10:48:14Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-25T10:48:14Z
dc.date.issued 2001-11
dc.date.submitted 2002-01-01 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/957
dc.description.abstract No one worked harder on his own image t han Bernard Montgomery, but he is rightly ranked among the most notable British Second World War commanders. Less well-known is Richard O'Connor, largely because of his own disregard for publicity. They were two very different types of personality. Both, however, demonstrated command skills and operational strategic insights which enabled them to c ompensate for the British Army's shortcomings in a r mour in 1940. They were able to use what they had - simple motorization - and adapt it away from stereotyped concepts of logistical employment, which they r e placed with beneficial operational strategic utilization; Montgomery during the Flanders Campaign (1940) and O'Connor in h i s Libyan Campaign (1940-41). The two cases indicate that advantage in warfare does not merely rely on numbers or on supe rior or inferior armaments. It may have to rely as much - if not more - on the personalities of the commanders. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (vii, 129 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Military strategy
dc.subject British military commanders
dc.subject B.L . Montgomery
dc.subject R. N. O'Connor
dc.subject Military technology
dc.subject Military transport & logistics
dc.subject British military transport
dc.subject Second World War
dc.subject.ddc 358.250941084
dc.subject.lcsh Great Britain -- Army -- Transport -- Equipment and supplies
dc.subject.lcsh World War, 1939-1945 -- Technology
dc.title Great captains and the challenge of second order technology: operational strategy and the motorisation of the British Army before 1940 en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department International Politics en
dc.description.degree M.A. en


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