The Evolution of Operational Art: From Napoleon to the Present

Hardcover | December 11, 2010

EditorJohn Andreas Olsen, Martin van Creveld

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Broadly defined as the grey area between strategy and tactics, operational art spans the theory and practice of planning and conducting campaigns and major operations aimed at accomplishing strategic and operational objectives in a given theatre of operations. An intermediate link betweenstrategy and tactics has always existed, but a distinct concept that encompasses a systematic and deliberate plan of campaign for major operations is a mere two hundred years old. Based on country specific case-studies, this book describes how the concepts that underpin operational art originated, how they received practical expression in various campaigns, and how they developed over time. The point of departure is the campaigns of 'the God of War', Napoleon Bonaparte. Thebook then proceeds with chapters on the evolution of operational art in Prussia / Germany, the Soviet Union / Russia, the United Kingdom, United States, Israel, and China. The final chapter deals with the future of operational art in irregular warfare. Theory is critical to refining and improving existing methods of applying operational warfare, and its importance cannot be overstated; however, to be useful, theory and its accompanying vocabulary must be combined with a proper examination of historical trends and practical experience. The presentvolume attempts to achieve that combination.

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Broadly defined as the grey area between strategy and tactics, operational art spans the theory and practice of planning and conducting campaigns and major operations aimed at accomplishing strategic and operational objectives in a given theatre of operations. An intermediate link betweenstrategy and tactics has always existed, but a d...

Colonel Dr John Andreas Olsen is Deputy Commander, NATO HQ Sarajevo, and Visiting Professor of Operational Art and Tactics at the Swedish National Defence College. He was the Dean of the Norwegian Defence University College and Head of the Division for Strategic Studies at the Norwegian Defence Command and Staff College from 2006 to 2...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pagesPublished:December 11, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199599483

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ContentsList of AbbreviationsPrefaceMichael Howard: PrologueJohn Andreas Olsen and Martin van Creveld: Introduction1. Martin van Creveld: Napoleon and the Dawn of Operational Warfare2. Dennis E. Showalter: Prussian-German Operational Art, 1740-19433. Jacob W. Kipp: The Tsarist and Soviet Operational Art, 1853-19914. Hew Strachan: Operational Art and Britain, 1909-20095. Antulio J. Echevarria II: American Operational Art, 1917-20086. Avi Kober: The Rise and Fall of Israeli Operational Art, 1948-20087. Andrew Scobell: Operational Art in China8. John Andreas Olsen and Martin van Creveld: ConclusionRupert Smith: EpilogueNotesSelected BibliographyIndexBiographical Notes