Book Review: Anatomy of a Campaign, the British Fiasco in Norway

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  The title of John Kiszely’s book, Anatomy of a Campaign, the British Fiasco in Norway, holds promise. Fiascoes: ‘ludicrous and humiliating failures’, make good reading. The anatomical approach is also welcome, accurately describing Kiszely’s analysis of the Allies’ 1940 Norway campaign.  His method is not a surprise given his previous role as the Director […]

Generating, Expressing and Implementing Ideas – Part I

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The realisation of a human/machine, robotics, autonomous systems and artificial intelligence approach, may represent the biggest single step innovation change our Army has ever undertaken. Army, Defence industry, and society need to further develop our collective thinking on this, possible, future. We will be looking to build partnerships of thought and action with interested parties […]

Book Review – Max Hastings – Das Reich

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Don’t be fooled by the cover of “Das Reich.” The burning village and camouflage smocked SS Troopers hint at something in the Sven Hassell genre, rather than a sophisticated view of topics given little treatment elsewhere. The stories of the SS Panzergrenadier Divisions in the Second World War are not widely known in the Australian […]

Why Army Officers Should Read About Lord Horatio Nelson

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Reposted from The Armchair Colonel with permission of the author. Why should an Army Officer read 853 pages devoted to maritime operations at the turn of the 18th Century? This review of John Sugden’s Nelson: The Sword of Albion answers this question. It makes no claims as to the relative quality of Sugden’s book. Readers […]