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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, Deon Francois Schonland
dc.contributor.author Forrester, Charles James
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 than 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 compensate for the British Army's shortcomings in armour in 1940. They were able to use what they had - simple motorization - and adapt it away from stereotyped concepts of logistical employment, which they replaced with beneficial operational strategic utilization; Montgomery during the Flanders Campaign (1940) and O'Connor in his Libyan Campaign (1940-41). The two cases indicate that advantage in warfare does not merely rely on numbers or on superior 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) : illustrations
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Military strategy en
dc.subject British military commanders en
dc.subject B.L . Montgomery en
dc.subject R. N. O'Connor en
dc.subject Military technology en
dc.subject Military transport & logistics en
dc.subject British military transport en
dc.subject Second World War en
dc.subject.ddc 358.250941084
dc.subject.lcsh Great Britain -- Army -- Transport -- Equipment and supplies en
dc.subject.lcsh World War, 1939-1945 -- Technology en
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 Political Sciences en
dc.description.degree M.A. (International Politics) en


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