Accession Number : ADA325107

Title :   Deep Battle in World War I: The British 1918 Offensive in Palestine.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Povlock, Paul A.

PDF Url : ADA325107

Report Date : FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : Maneuver Warfare Theory achieved major acceptance during the 1980's, emphasizing the conduct of simultaneous offensive operations throughout the depth of the battlefield. With the victory of Coalition forces during Operation DESERT STORM, the 'deep battle' theory gained instant credibility, and the emphasis on 'joint' operations reached a fever pitch. Yet, too often analysts have only used the war in Kuwait to prove or refute these operational concepts. All theories require more than one case study to validate or nullify their precepts. Other historical examples need to be examined using the model of maneuver warfare to give greater support for this theory. While the First World War is often characterized by the futile attrition of the Western Front in France, many exceptional operational offensives were also conducted. The British September 1918 offensive in Palestine is a superb example of the proper application of combat forces at the operational level. General Edmund Allenby's use of regular army units, armored cars, cavalry, airpower and irregulars led to a major victory that hastened the collapse of Turkey and the Central Powers. Long before mechanized forces and maneuver theory had been developed, British Imperial forces executed an operational design stressing many elements of deep battle theory.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *MILITARY HISTORY, *MANEUVERS, WARFARE, GLOBAL, IRAQ, KUWAIT, BATTLEFIELDS, THEORY, ATTRITION, ATTACK, CASE STUDIES, FRANCE, SYNCHRONISM, ARMY, COMBAT FORCES, TURKEY, FEVERS, ARMORED VEHICLES, CAVALRY, BAFFLES, UNITED KINGDOM.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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