Saturday, February 16, 2008

McCain’s war adviser Max Boot
Doesn’t know what he’s talking about. A book review from last year via LRC.
France had better tanks than Germany in the campaign of 1940. (It also had lots more of them.) ...the long-established point [is] the key reason the French army lost in 1940 is that its ponderous command structure was still mired in the worst aspects of World War I.

...the Russo-German War of 1941-45, the largest and bloodiest war in history. He wrongly claims that Stalingrad was the war’s turning point in the east.
Common knowledge I thought true.
...serious military historians and analysts almost all concur that the great frontal clash at Kursk in July 1943 was far more pivotal.
Didn’t know that; thanks.
And he fails to discuss the impact on the war of simple, easily mass-produced but militarily effective weapons.

America’s 12 nuclear aircraft carriers have been sitting ducks for fast-attack submarines since 1968, when a fast Soviet nuclear-powered attack submarine matched the USS
Enterprise at top speed in the Pacific Ocean.
William Lind on 4GW.

No comments:

Post a comment

Leave comment