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Cross-Channel A ttack is one of approximately a hundred volumes which the Department of the Army intends to publish regarding its part in World W ar II. This particular volume deals with the planning and the difficulties en- countered incident to the mounting of the largest amphibious assault ever undertaken in military history. Much of the information it contains has not Cross-Channel A ttack is one of approximately a hundred volumes which the Department of the Army intends to publish regarding its part in World W ar II. This particular volume deals with the planning and the difficulties en- countered incident to the mounting of the largest amphibious assault ever undertaken in military history. Much of the information it contains has not heretofore been a matter of publicknowledge. For example, light is for the first time thrown upon the enemy's conflicting theories of defense against Allied air superiority and upon his pauCity of first-class troops. This informa- tion is derived from the official records of the Wehrmacht and from signed statements of German participants. Many of the difficulties encountered in the planning, as well as in the execution stage of the operation, are here described to the public for the first time. Where this history deals with the struggle ashore, it clearly illustrates the necessity for commanders to adjust their thinking to the means at hand, the terrain, and the influence of new weapons. It reiterates the indispensability of constant training in how to get order out of the confusion which is forever present upon the battlefield. It brings to mind in this connection the means used by a football team for meeting the problems of overcoming opposition on the playing field. The plays devised and the techniques used to attain its ends must be practiced again and again. Frequently it is the loss of effective direc- tion of small units, incident to the battle's toll, which makes for failure rather than success. Whether the reader approaches the book with the justified pride that he was a member or supporter of the winning team, or whether he reads to learn, is a matter for him to decide. The victor tends to prepare to win the next war with the same means and methods with which he won the last. He forgets the difficulty of reaching decisions, the planning problems, his faltering, his un- preparedness. The vanquished is wont to search far afield for new and im- proved methods, means, and equipment. The accomplishments of those who fought in this period were indeed great, as were the sacrifices. But from the national viewpoint it would seem desirable to read this volume with the self- critical eye of the vanquished as well as with the pride of the victor, an ap- proach which the thoughtful reader will not find difficult.


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Cross-Channel A ttack is one of approximately a hundred volumes which the Department of the Army intends to publish regarding its part in World W ar II. This particular volume deals with the planning and the difficulties en- countered incident to the mounting of the largest amphibious assault ever undertaken in military history. Much of the information it contains has not Cross-Channel A ttack is one of approximately a hundred volumes which the Department of the Army intends to publish regarding its part in World W ar II. This particular volume deals with the planning and the difficulties en- countered incident to the mounting of the largest amphibious assault ever undertaken in military history. Much of the information it contains has not heretofore been a matter of publicknowledge. For example, light is for the first time thrown upon the enemy's conflicting theories of defense against Allied air superiority and upon his pauCity of first-class troops. This informa- tion is derived from the official records of the Wehrmacht and from signed statements of German participants. Many of the difficulties encountered in the planning, as well as in the execution stage of the operation, are here described to the public for the first time. Where this history deals with the struggle ashore, it clearly illustrates the necessity for commanders to adjust their thinking to the means at hand, the terrain, and the influence of new weapons. It reiterates the indispensability of constant training in how to get order out of the confusion which is forever present upon the battlefield. It brings to mind in this connection the means used by a football team for meeting the problems of overcoming opposition on the playing field. The plays devised and the techniques used to attain its ends must be practiced again and again. Frequently it is the loss of effective direc- tion of small units, incident to the battle's toll, which makes for failure rather than success. Whether the reader approaches the book with the justified pride that he was a member or supporter of the winning team, or whether he reads to learn, is a matter for him to decide. The victor tends to prepare to win the next war with the same means and methods with which he won the last. He forgets the difficulty of reaching decisions, the planning problems, his faltering, his un- preparedness. The vanquished is wont to search far afield for new and im- proved methods, means, and equipment. The accomplishments of those who fought in this period were indeed great, as were the sacrifices. But from the national viewpoint it would seem desirable to read this volume with the self- critical eye of the vanquished as well as with the pride of the victor, an ap- proach which the thoughtful reader will not find difficult.

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