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Anatomy of a Campaign

Anatomy of a Campaign
The British Fiasco in Norway, 1940


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  • Date Published: April 2017
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from March 2018
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107194595

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  • The British campaign in Norway in 1940 was an ignominious and abject failure. It is perhaps best known as the fiasco which directly led to the fall of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and his replacement by Winston Churchill. But what were the reasons for failure? Why did the decision makers, including Churchill, make such poor decisions and exercise such bad judgement? What other factors played a part? John Kiszely draws on his own experience of working at all levels in the military to assess the campaign as a whole, its context and evolution from strategic failures, intelligence blunders and German air superiority to the performance of the troops and the serious errors of judgement by those responsible for the higher direction of the war. The result helps us to understand not only the outcome of the Norwegian campaign but also why more recent military campaigns have found success so elusive.

    • Offers a mixture of narrative and analysis, written in plain English with no military jargon or acronyms, and with almost no abbreviations
    • Examines the anatomy of the campaign - the individual parts and their relationship to each other - leading to an understanding of the underlying reasons for failure
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107194595
    • length: 390 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus. 10 maps 1 table
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from March 2018
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. 'A legitimate shadow'
    3. Deciding to decide
    4. Warning signs
    5. 'The major project'
    6. 'Hare-brained'
    7. Taking stock
    9. 'Something must be done'
    10. The jigsaw puzzle
    11. 'Something must be done'
    12. 'Boldness is required'
    13. 'An even greater prize'
    14. Maurice
    15. Sickle
    16. 'We must get out'
    17. The third dimension
    18. 'In the name of God, go!'
    19. 'A good dividend'
    20. 'No time to lose'
    21. The long retreat
    22. Finale
    23. Conclusions.

  • Author

    John Kiszely
    John Kiszely served in the British Army for forty years, rising to the rank of lieutenant general. His operational service included Northern Ireland, the Falkland Islands, Bosnia and Iraq. He served three tours of duty in the Ministry of Defence, latterly as Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff. On leaving the Army he spent three years as a visiting professor in war studies at King's College London, and from 2014 to 2017 was a visiting research fellow on the Changing Character of War Programme at Pembroke College, Oxford.

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