Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Dynamic Defense by B. H.. Liddell-Hart

Dynamic Defense by B. H. Liddell-Hart describes the armored theorists perspective on the first year of the second world war. Liddell-Hart was a very good self-promoter this talent is demonstrated throughout this 60 page booklet. He does give other British writers some credit. In many respects this is a example of "I told you so" after-the-fact since much of what he wrote about armored warfare came true in the attack on Poland and France. Many of the stock concepts in describing Blitzkrieg [lightning war] are here. Interesting that they would have been developed so quickly. There is criticism of the guarantee to Poland as well as other parts of government strategy in their attempt to fight Nazi Germany. Interesting considering that during wartime such things are usually frowned upon.

He does have some definite ideas about what should be done which are in line with his other writings of the twenties and thirties. You won't really learn anything new here but it is an interesting historical curiosity.

Is available through Abebooks.

For more WWII book reviews take a look at My World War II bookshelf.

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