By Williamson Murray
Nice ebook. sincerely breaks down and covers each element of global battle . covers subject matters completely. nice ebook for a person attracted to WWII.
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The Germans also built a signiﬁcant ﬂeet of medium bombers (1,176 at the outbreak of the war) that could strike the capitals of Central and Western Europe. If that bomber force was insufﬁcient to defeat the British in 1940, it still led every air force in the world at that time. The Luftwaffe’s balanced set of capabilities would contribute signiﬁcantly to the German victories of the ﬁrst war years. The Italians’ famous theorist of air power, Douhet, became an inﬂuential propagandist for strategic bombing in the immediate post–World War I period.
The two powers could now enthusiastically cooperate in the looting of Eastern Europe—the ﬁrst step to bigger and better things for both. For Hitler, destruction of the Eastern European states would open the gates to invading the Soviet Union itself and seizing Germany’s Lebensraum, after he had disposed of the Western powers. For the Soviets, the agreement represented the opening salvo in the great war among the capitalist powers that would inevitably lead to European and perhaps world revolution.
As it was, the great program of rearmament nearly bankrupted the country in the late 1930s and drove Hitler to attack Poland and risk a major war in 1939. But whatever the incomplete mix of technology and equipment, the Wehrmacht went to war in 1939 with a modern doctrine that had prepared its ofﬁcers to ﬁght a war of maneuver, decentralized authority, and exploitation. The British Army was not nearly so modern in its outlook, owing to a 23 24 A WA R TO B E W O N number of political and institutional blocks to developing ground forces for the next war.