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by Richard D. Hooker,John R. Galvin

eBook Maneuver Warfare: An Anthology ePub
Author: Richard D. Hooker,John R. Galvin
Language: English
ISBN: 0891415181
ISBN13: 978-0891415183
Publisher: Presidio Press; 1st edition (June 1, 1993)
Pages: 409
Category: Americas
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 382
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The US Miliary has been debating the concept of maneuver warfare since at least the post-Vietnam War drawdown

The US Miliary has been debating the concept of maneuver warfare since at least the post-Vietnam War drawdown. The basic idea is that agile and timely maneuver on the battlefield can overcome oponents through positional addvantage, avoiding or minimizing the need for bloody attritional combat.

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The concept of "maneuver warfare" has been put forth as one promising solution to this dilemma. Whether a cure-all or an empty bag of tricks, maneuver warfare theory presents a formidable challenge to the American defense establishment. Can a small, maneuver-oriented military establishment actually serve us better, as its proponents claim? This vexing question provides the basis for this important book. The answers to this question will serve as the foundation for American military doctrine in the 21st century.

What makes this book worth reading? Two issues in particular: 1) it's relative breadth of coverage of the topic a. .

General John R. Galvin, Richard D. Hooker. Today, America's armed forces face massive change, a dramatically reduced force structure, and severe budget cuts. The concept of "maneuver warfare" has been put forth as one promising solution to this dilemma.

Richard D. Hooker: Maneuver Warfare: An Anthology Presidio, Novato, 1993. Foreword by Gen. John R. Galvin. Book Condition: Good Condition. Book is in Good Plus condition, by which we mean it has moderate marks of age and is worn from handling, but is still intact and good for reading, and while it possesses some undesirable defects is still a presentable copy. Moderate shelf and edge wear to cover. Minor sticker residue to front cover.

com: Maneuver Warfare: An Anthology: 409 pages. Title: Maneuver Warfare: An Anthology. Bookseller: Martin Nevers- used & rare books Address: Oxford, FL, . AbeBooks Bookseller Since: July 11, 2000. Black binding with gold lettering on spine. Front cover curled up a bit. Dust Jacket corner tips and spine ends worn. Dust jacket has a couple of small tears. One along top edge of front cover by spine, and the other alont top edge of front flap by corner tip. Photos on request. Publisher: Presidio Pr, Novato, California, . Publication Date: 1993.

Maneuver warfare, or manoeuvre warfare, is a military strategy that advocates attempting to defeat the enemy by incapacitating their decision-making through shock and disruption. Methods of war are typically held to stand on a continuum between maneuver warfare and attrition warfare, the focus on achieving victory through killing or capturing the enemy. Maneuver warfare advocates recognize that all warfare involves both maneuver and attrition.

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America's finest military minds explore the idea of maneuver-based warfare in this energetic and lively debate.
Thetalen
I have liked the book quite a lot. It presents the topic quite clearly, and gathers different (even opposing) opinions on it. Well structured (taking into account it compiles the different contributions of many authors) and quite clarifying.
Quphagie
I wrote a one star review last month, I see it got censored & removed. Amazon must be charging to remove BAD reviews!

this book does not represent its self honestly. if you like to hear old people talk about what is wrong with everything "this book is for you"!!!!!
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"Maneuver Warfare: An Anthology", edited by Richard D. Hooker, Jr., although aimed largely at an audience intimately connected to, or embedded in, the US military system, is a worthy read for almost any serious student of military history. What makes this book worth reading? Two issues in particular: 1) it's relative breadth of coverage of the topic at hand, namely the value of maneuver warfare as a doctrine for the US Army to adopt, and 2) as a piece that clearly illustrates one of the BIG issues facing WWII military historians and readers, namely Wehrmacht envy.

In terms of breadth of coverage of the topic of maneuver warfare, Hooker has assembled a vast expertise of contributors to this anthology. The reader is treated to discussions on theory, history of maneuver warfare (both infantry and armored), psychology of war, teaching of warfare doctrine, and 'evolutionary' processes necessary to implement such doctrine within the US Army institution. Each of the chapters presented have inherent value though readers are likely to 'enjoy' more some than others. This reviewer found the chapter on the psychological aspects of warfare interesting but at times a bit too soft-science to take away any great wisdom. Unfortunately not all is 'milk-n-cookies'. For example, while the Introduction suggests that the reader will be treated to varying view points, both in favor and opposed to adoption of maneuver warfare as doctrine in the US Army, in reality all but a single chapter are VERY pro-maneuver warfare. This leads us to the second 'value' of "Maneuver Warfare" as a book for broad audiences - illustration of Wehrmacht envy.

Wehrmacht envy may not be familiar to all readers so a brief description is worthwhile. In its most basic sense Wehrmacht envy can be characterized as the holding of the German army of WWII (the Wehrmacht) up above all others in history as having a clear sense of tactical and operational level control. In the context of maneuver warfare, nearly all of the contributors to the present book hold the vaunted Wehrmacht up as absolute masters of maneuver warfare; if you will, the first modern practitioners of the doctrine proponents wish the US Army to adopt. It is important for the reader to attempt to separate the topic of maneuver warfare as a potential US Army doctrine from Wehrmacht envy whenever possible, or at least to be aware of issues of Wehrmacht envy. This reviewer is not suggesting that the Germans were not tactically and operationally proficient - they certainly were - or that they did not utilize maneuver warfare - they did; rather readers should be aware of a trend in modern military history (and even within the US armed forces ranks themselves) to idealize the German army of the Second World War as something much more than they were, while also downgrading (often, not always) the accomplishments of the US Army in WWII. It is hard to argue so forcefully for the implementation of maneuver warfare as US Army doctrine because outnumbered and outgunned forces can force defeat upon opponents because they utilize the 'idea of maneuver warfare' to attack enemy weakness (gaps) rather than strength (surfaces) to force collapse of the opposing force from within, while claiming that the Wehrmacht was defeated only by attrition warfare doctrine employed by the US Army who possessed overwhelming numbers and firepower but inferior tactical and operational control. This is truly the epitome of hypocrisy. Readers simply beware and approach the arguments with caution.

In the end, "Maneuver Warfare: An Anthology" is a solid 4 star read despite some of its taint (strong Wehrmacht envy).
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Though written in 1993, the Anthology still stands especially when you read Col Bolger's warning that maneuverism will not work against a defense-in-depth and LTC Grossman's study on the psychology of war. The other chapters express the desire to collapse enemies with maneuver rather than try to attrit/wipe them out. What we need today is a sequel where we explain 4th generation war, how we need both forces that can collapse enemies with Air-Mech 3-D maneuver AND 2-D firepower/mechanical advantage to overcome enemies in cities; combining Bolger with the other authors into a stronger whole.
These authors are the best thinkers in the U.S. military today and it would be great to see them unite again with some of the new military theorists for a sequel.
Airborne!
Corgustari
This book is a gold mine of the nuances of the on-going development of maneuver war doctrine. Read it if you want to see the future of combat on the battlefield.
Froststalker
As of early 2012, the US Government was about to embark on the latest drawdown of its military establishment, while promising to somehow retain the agility and cutting edge capabilities of the current force. We've seen this plan before, and it might be a good time to revisit a response to the post-DESERT STORM drawdown, 1993's "Maneuver Warfare: An Anthology", edited by Richard Hooker.

The US Miliary has been debating the concept of maneuver warfare since at least the post-Vietnam War drawdown. The basic idea is that agile and timely maneuver on the battlefield can overcome oponents through positional addvantage, avoiding or minimizing the need for bloody attritional combat. Maneuver-oriented forces might therefore be smaller but more effective on the battlefield. In "Maneuver Warfare", advocates cite a variety of examples, many drawn from the best performances of the German Wehrmacht in World War II, or the Israeli Army in its early wars.

The book brings together a series of essays by military theorists, both in and out of uniform. The authors define the concept of maneuver warfare, discuss examples, and debate its proper use in lieu of/or in conjunction with the application of firepower. Perhaps the best of many good essays is a counter-argument by Daniel Bolger, who asserts the enduring truth that combat is about efficient killing and notes that maneuver warfare can be problematic against a skilled and determined opponent. "Maneuver Warfare" is highly recommended for its insights to military professionals, and as a reminder of the reasons why holy grails such as "smaller but better" are rather rare.
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