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Command in War [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Martin Van Creveld
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Kurzbeschreibung

1. Juli 1987
Many books have been written about strategy, tactics, and great commanders. This is the first book to deal exclusively with the nature of command itself, and to trace its development over two thousand years from ancient Greece to Vietnam. It treats historically the whole variety of problems involved in commanding armies, including staff organization and administration, communications methods and technologies, weaponry, and logistics. And it analyzes the relationship between these problems and military strategy. In vivid descriptions of key battles and campaigns--among others, Napoleon at Jena, Moltke's Koniggratz campaign, the Arab-Israeli war of 1973, and the Americans in Vietnam--van Creveld focuses on the means of command and shows how those means worked in practice. He finds that technological advances such as the railroad, breech-loading rifles, the telegraph and later the radio, tanks, and helicopters all brought commanders not only new tactical possibilities but also new limitations. Although vast changes have occurred in military thinking and technology, the one constant has been an endless search for certainty--certainty about the state and intentions of the enemy's forces; certainty about the manifold factors that together constitute the environment in which war is fought, from the weather and terrain to radioactivity and the presence of chemical warfare agents; and certainty about the state, intentions, and activities of one's own forces. The book concludes that progress in command has usually been achieved less by employing more advanced technologies than by finding ways to transcend the limitations of existing ones.

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  • Taschenbuch: 339 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harvard Univ Pr; Auflage: Revised. (1. Juli 1987)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0674144414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674144415
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,3 x 15,3 x 22,8 cm
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One of the finest and most perceptive military historians writing in English today...Van Creveld has marshaled more than enough historical evidence--and with great depth and richness--to support his conclusions. -- Robert L. Goldich Armed Forces and Society One cannot but admire the author's excellent discussion of how modern technology has complicated command and the processes of command; of the interaction of this complication with the political complexities of Vietnam; and of the uses and limitations of systems analysis in general, and in Vietnam in particular. -- Trevor Dupuy Washington Times I can think of few books on military subjects of greater originality and importance than Martin van Creveld's scholarly and fascinating dissertation on command in war...The subject is examined in depth, supported by a wide historical base, with a perceptive, unprejudiced eye, and the result expressed in clear prose of high literary merit. -- Michael Carver Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies Journal [Van Creveld] provides us with a vivid historical narrative of the significant steps in the evolution of command systems from the Greek period to the Vietnam war: the birth of the nation-state regular army, the rise of the science of military strategy, the advent of new communication technologies, the development of means for mobilization, and the emergence of computer and space technologies. Ethics

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This is the best non-fiction book I have ever read. Van Creveld traces the history of command systems in organized warfare. His conclusion is that successful command systems did not employ breathrough technology but, rather, so organized themselves that they could function with less information flow. They did this by either compressing the organization so less communication was needed (e.g., the phalanx) or decentralizing decision making so that information did not have to flow as far up or down the organization. Added to this informational efficiency was a "directed telescope" that permitted commanders to focus on essential points in the system in detail, which had the secondary purpose of keeping lower level commanders honest through fear of intense scrutiny from on high. Finally, informal channels of communication existed to grease the wheels of the formal system, as well as to permit temporary but essential circumvention of the formal system in emergencies.
Van Creveld's scholarship is broad and impressive; he researched in, and translated from, several languages. His sense of irony and good story telling make for a can't-put-down read.
This book is great for military buffs, and is equally useful for business managers who recognize that the hot new management buzzwords being hawked by the consultant industry cannot compare to thoughtful analysis.
By the way, for those who believe the Internet will easily and immediately change how we do business, check out van Creveld's Technology and War.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Combination of history and analysis 4. April 2003
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short: I read it within one weekend!
long:The author uses one-side-views of historic campaigns to give the reader an insight into command, control, coordination and cooperation.
My conclusion was that every state of the technology had its own optimal command system, and the Auftragstaktik seems to be extraordinarily good in this book.
It's a good background for thinking about the USArmy's ideas about networking and battlefield information flows. But it's not comprehensive nor does it contain much hints for the future. Technology might change the future command system, that's clear if you look at the presented history.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Read if concerned for the evolution of command systems. 28. September 1999
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Martin Van Creveld writes a thought provoking work which provides the framework for a critical analysis of command systems. This historical study of command provides insight into the evolution of modern problems, and suggests potential solutions for the inquisitive mind. Not just for the military professional, business professionals benefit from his suggestions on "rightsizing" and reorganization.
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This is the best non-fiction book I have ever read. Van Creveld traces the history of command systems in organized warfare. His conclusion is that successful command systems did not employ breathrough technology but, rather, so organized themselves that they could function with less information flow. They did this by either compressing the organization so less communication was needed (e.g., the phalanx) or decentralizing decision making so that information did not have to flow as far up or down the organization. Added to this informational efficiency was a "directed telescope" that permitted commanders to focus on essential points in the system in detail, which had the secondary purpose of keeping lower level commanders honest through fear of intense scrutiny from on high. Finally, informal channels of communication existed to grease the wheels of the formal system, as well as to permit temporary but essential circumvention of the formal system in emergencies.
Van Creveld's scholarship is broad and impressive; he researched in, and translated from, several languages. His sense of irony and good story telling make for a can't-put-down read.
This book is great for military buffs, and is equally useful for business managers who recognize that the hot new management buzzwords being hawked by the consultant industry cannot compare to thoughtful analysis.
By the way, for those who believe the Internet will easily and immediately change how we do business, check out van Creveld's Technology and War.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Commanding Read! 16. Januar 2003
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I first heard about this book during lectures on military leadership. When I finally got around to buying it and started reading it, I could not put this book down. It thoroughly engrossed me in the subject of command under wartime conditions. Although the book uses examples from purely the land warfare aspect, it is easy to see how the concept of command can and ultimately does encompass all three services. The author has researched this subject extremely well (the endnotes are endless)and the bibliography exhaustive. I highly recommend this book to all military enthusiasts as well as the military professional.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful and Lucid Book on Command 7. August 2001
Von Nathan Albright - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is the first book by Martin Van Crevold I have read, but it is a fine one. In this wonderful tome, Van Crevold analyzes the problem of military command in detail, looking at the evolution of Command systems, paying close attention to Napoleon, Van Moltke, Israel during 1967 and 1973, and the United States in Vietnam. A must buy for any military history buff.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Command in War 26. Februar 2010
Von M. G. R. Maran - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Martin Van Creveld had chosen to use military history as the backbone to his thesis on Command and Conrol. The book not only deals with contemporary issues related to command, but traces the evolution of command and control alongside the development of warfare. This excellent analysis of specific battles is a good read for all who need to understand the fundamentals of command and control through storytelling.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Well worth it! 2. August 2013
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This book far exceeded my expectations. The discrepancies list were spot-on with the description when purchased. I definitely recommend for purchases.
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