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1. McCulloch LCol Ian <firstname.lastname@example.org> 2. Frank Reichherzer <email@example.com> -----Message from: McCulloch LCol Ian <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- > Dear colleagues, currently I am thinking about an appropriate > way to imagine, conceive and finally, write the history of > battle While tactics are the art of battle and strategy is the art of war, operations are the art of campaigning. The integration and synchronization of all resources by a battle-wise commander to achieve victory is inherently a human creative process. Some have called this process the effective exercise of command, and others operational art [OA], and before any of my colleagues jump down my throat, OA can be found at all levels of war (for the objective always determines at what level the battle will be fought). You will find no better framework than Milan Vego's Joint Operational Warfare. (Newport, RI: Naval War College, 2007) with which to approach your study. For no battle, whether fought by Ghengis Khan or George Patton, can be examined, analyzed or understood without reference to where it fitted into a campaign, how the battle contributed to the achievement of operational or strategic objectives, and whether or not it was relevant to the war strategy, ie. the campaign design with all its human inputs and arrangements from which the battle emerged, Athena-like, in all its glory. You will find several papers on the subject either here at the Canadian Forces College http://www.cfc.forces.gc.ca/221-eng.html or other professional institutions devoted to the study and history of war, campaigning and battle here. Air Force Institute of Technology <http://library.afit.edu/> http://library.afit.edu/ Air University <http://www.au.af.mil/au/aul/lane.htm> http://www.au.af.mil/au/aul/lane.htm Army Command and General Staff College <http://cgsc.leavenworth.army.mil/carl/> http://cgsc.leavenworth.army.mil/carl/ Army War College <http://carlisle-www.army.mil/library/> http://carlisle-www.army.mil/library/ Defense Acquisition University <http://www.dau.mil/library/> http://www.dau.mil/library/ Joint Forces Staff College <http://www.jfsc.ndu.edu/library/default.asp> http://www.jfsc.ndu.edu/library/default.asp Marine Corps University <http://www.mcu.usmc.mil/mcrcweb/library.htm> http://www.mcu.usmc.mil/mcrcweb/library.htm MERLN : Military Education Research Library Network <http://merln.ndu.edu/> http://merln.ndu.edu/ National Defense University <http://www.ndu.edu/Library/> http://www.ndu.edu/Library/ Naval Academy <http://www.usna.edu/Library/> http://www.usna.edu/Library/ Naval Historical Center <http://www.history.navy.mil/library/> http://www.history.navy.mil/library/ Naval Postgraduate School <http://www.nps.edu/Library/> http://www.nps.edu/Library/ Naval Research Laboratory <http://infoweb.nrl.navy.mil/> http://infoweb.nrl.navy.mil/ Pentagon <http://www.hqda.army.mil/library/> http://www.hqda.army.mil/library/ Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences <http://www.lrc.usuhs.mil/> http://www.lrc.usuhs.mil/ United States Military Academy West Point <http://www.library.usma.edu/default_lr.asp> My parting shot is a paraphrasing of the famous anecdotal exchange between a senior US officer and Vietnamese general who met after the Paris peace talks. The American said: "We beat you in every battle." To which the NVA general responded: "But we won the war." Ian Macpherson McCulloch Lieutenant-Colonel Directing Staff Canadian Forces College Toronto, Canada McCulloch LCol Ian <email@example.com> -----Message from: Frank Reichherzer <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- > Dear colleagues, currently I am thinking about an appropriate > way to imagine, conceive and finally, write the history of > battle Dear Christoph, Maybe you can get some theoretical reflections or ideas for the Battlefield from: Steffen Martus, Marina Muenkler, Werner Roecke (Hrsg.),Schlachtfelder. Codierung von Gewalt im medialen Wandel, Berlin 2003. Regards und Gruß Frank Reichherzer _____________________________________________________ Frank Reichherzer M.A. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Geschichte Westeuropas u.d. transatlantischen Beziehungen Unter den Linden 6 10099 Berlin 030/2093 2283 email@example.com Ursprüngliche Nachricht Von: H-NET Military History Discussion List [mailto:H-WAR@H-NET.MSU.EDU] Im Auftrag von H-War Editor David Silbey Gesendet: Freitag, 29. Januar 2010 14:45 An: H-WAR@H-NET.MSU.EDU Betreff: QUERY: History of battle From: Christoph Nübel <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Friday, January 29, 2010 8:42:17 AM Subject: History of battle Dear colleagues, currently I am thinking about an appropriate way to imagine, conceive and finally, write the history of battle. I already considered Keegan's remarkable Face of Battle and we discussed this issue on a German conference of the Arbeitskreis Militärgeschichte (Militar History Study Group, with members from different backgrounds, mainly universities) in 2009. The idea of the conference was to discuss a cultural approach to the history of battles. My idea was to scrutinize battles by taking into account the different perspectives of the participants, such as officers of high rank, or the soldiers in the front line. On those reflections I wrote a paper (in German, up to now unpublished). Unfortunately so far I was not able to find any texts which reflect on a more theoretical or methodological approach of this seminar event in military history. In order to arrange the ideas on the history of battle in all its implications my question is if you know any appropriate approaches on battle history, be it in a more theoretical way or in a concrete example. I would be happy to receive any hints. Regards Christoph Nübel Graduate School "Human Development in Landscapes" Kiel University, Germany To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war Frank Reichherzer <email@example.com> ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----