Battling the Elements: Weather and Terrain in the Conduct of War

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JHU Press, Mar 9, 2001 - History - 336 pages
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Throughout history, from Kublai Khan's attempted invasions of Japan to Rommel's desert warfare, military operations have succeeded or failed on the ability of commanders to incorporate environmental conditions into their tactics. In Battling the Elements, geographer Harold A. Winters and former U.S. Army officers Gerald E. Galloway Jr., William J. Reynolds, and David W. Rhyne, examine the connections between major battles in world history and their geographic components, revealing what role factors such as weather, climate, terrain, soil, and vegetation have played in combat. Each chapter offers a detailed and engaging explanation of a specific environmental factor and then looks at several battles that highlight its effects on military operations. As this cogent analysis of geography and war makes clear, those who know more about the shape, nature, and variability of battleground conditions will always have a better understanding of the nature of combat and at least one significant advantage over a less knowledgeable enemy.

  

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Contents

Introduction
2
Storms Fair Weather and Chance
28
Too Much and Too
33
Clouds and
45
Invading Another Climate as Seasons Change
74
Forests and Jungles
97
Terrains and Corridors
112
Troubled Waters
Glaciers Shape the Land
Peninsulas and Sea Coasts
Island Battles
New Guinea and Dien Bien Phu 232
Heat Rock and Sand
Conclusion 266
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Harold A. Winters is a professor emeritus of geography at Michigan State University. Gerald E. Galloway Jr., who retired as a brigadier general after serving thirty-nine years in the U.S. army, is secretary for the U.S. Section of the International Joint Committee. William J. Reynolds, a retired colonel and Vietnam veteran, is northwest regional manager for Science Applications International Corporation. David W. Rhyne, a retired lieutenant colonel, teaches at Stonewall Jackson Middle School in Hanover County, Virginia.

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