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Page 116 - From an early period in the rebellion I had been impressed with the idea that active and continuous operations of all the troops that could be brought into the field, regardless of season and weather, were necessary to a speedy termination of the war. The resources of the enemy and his numerical strength were far inferior to ours : but as an offset to this, we had a vast territory, with a population hostile to the government, to garrison, and long lines of river and railroad communications to protect,...
Page 162 - You I propose to move against Johnston's army, to break it up, and to get into the interior of the enemy's country as far as you can, inflicting all the damage you can against their war resources. I do not propose to lay down for you a plan of campaign, but simply to lay down the work it is desirable to have done, and leave you free to execute it in your own way.
Page 151 - Richard G. Davis, Carl A. Spaatz and the Air War in Europe (Washington, DC: Center for Air Force History, 1993), pp. 512-13, 538-42, 574-75. 17. Golley, Whittle, pp. 1 19-20, 122-28, 165-71; Whittle, "Birth of the Jet Engine in Britain,
Page 10 - In sum, since technology and war operate on a logic that is not only different but actually opposed, the conceptual framework that is useful, even vital, for dealing with the one should not be allowed to interfere with the other. In an age when military budgets, military attitudes, and what passes for military thought often seem centered on technological considerations and even obsessed by them, this distinction is of vital importance. In the words of a famous Hebrew proverb: "The deed accomplishes,...
Page 223 - The massacre enjoyed by the U-boats along our Atlantic Coast in 1942 was as much a national disaster as if saboteurs had destroyed half a dozen of our biggest war plants.
Page 79 - Germans were still upset over the limitations imposed by the Treaty of Versailles at the end of World War I...
Page 264 - Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them.
Page 10 - ... that efficiency, far from being simply conducive to effectiveness, can act as the opposite. Hence — and this is a point which cannot be overemphasized — the successful use of technology in war very often means that there is a price to be paid in terms of deliberately diminishing efficiency. Since technology and war operate on a logic, which is not only different but actually opposed, the very concept of "technological superiority" is somewhat misleading when applied in the context of war.
Page 6 - What throws you in combat is rarely the fact that your tactical scheme was wrong — though, of course, history is replete with examples of faulty tactical planning — but that you failed to think through the hard, cold facts of logistics. You failed to ask yourself, "How am I going to get Force A from X to Y — and how am I going to supply and sustain it once it gets there?
Page 228 - Hearings before the Joint Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack, Part 6, Washington: US Government Printing Office, 1946, 2866.

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