17.480 | Spring 2017 | Graduate

Understanding Military Operations


Optional Additional Readings

The table below contains optional additional readings for the sessions listed.

[L] = Lovell, Bernard. Echoes of War: The Story of H2S Radar. CRC Press, 1991. ISBN: 9780852743171. [Preview with Google Books]

[P] = Prange, Gordon W., with Donald M. Goldstein and Katherine V. Dillon. At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor. 60th anniversary ed. Penguin Books, 1982. ISBN: 9780140157345. [Preview with Google Books]

3 Armored Warfare

 Bailey, Major General J. B. A. Field Artillery and Firepower. Naval Institute Press, 2003. ISBN: 9781591140290. [Preview with Google Books

 Bidwell, Shelford. _Modern Warfare: A Study of Men, Weapons, and Theorie_s. Allen Lane, 1973. ISBN: 9780713904512. 

 Bidwell, Shelford, and Dominick Graham. Fire-Power: The British Army Weapons & Theories of War, 19041945. Pen and Sword, 2005. ISBN: 9781844152162.  [Preview with Google Books]

 Van Creveld, Martin. Fighting Power: German and U.S. Army Performance, 19391945. Praeger, 2007. ISBN: 9780313091575. 

 Doubler, Michael D. Closing With the Enemy: How GIs Fought the War in Europe, 1944–1945. University of Kansas Press, 1994. ISBN: 9780700607440.

 Ellis, John. Brute Force: Allied Strategy and Tactics in the Second World War. Viking, 1990. ISBN: 9780670807734. 

English, John A. Marching Through Chaos: The Descent of Armies in Theory and Practice. Praeger, 1998. ISBN: 9780275963927. 

Frieser, Karl-Heinz. The Blitzkrieg Legend: The 1940 Campaign in the West. Naval Institute Press, 2013. ISBN: 9781591142959.

Habeck, Mary R. Storm of Steel: The Development of Armor Doctrine in Germany and the Soviet Union, 19191939. Cornell University Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780801479489. [Preview with Google Books]

Simpkin, Richard E. Tank Warfare: An Analysis of Soviet and NATO Tank Philosophy. Crane Russell & Co., 1979. ISBN: 9780844813295.

Spires, David N. Patton’s Air Force: Forging a Legendary Air-Ground Team. Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2002. ISBN: 9781588340870. [Preview with Google Books]

Weigley, Russell F. Eisenhower’s Lieutenants: The Campaign of France and Germany, 19441945. Indiana University Press, 1981. ISBN: 9780253206084. 

Winters, Harold A., with Gerald E. Galloway Jr., William J. Reynolds, et al. Battling the Elements: Weather and Terrain in the Conduct of War. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001. ISBN: 9780801866487. [Preview with Google Books]

4 Strategic Bombing

Heilenday, Frank W. Daylight Raids by the U.S. Eighth Air Force: Lessons Learned and Lingering Myths from World War II. RAND, 1995. ASIN: B007HE2A6Y.

 ———. Night Raids by the British Bomber Command: Lessons Learned and Lingering Myths from World War II. RAND, 1995. ASIN: B0006F7R9Q.

MacIsaac, David. Strategic Bombing in World War Two: The Story of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey. Garland Publishing, 1976, pp. 1–31. ISBN: 9780824020255. 

Musgrove, Gordon. Pathfinder Force: A History of 8 Group. Crecy Publishing, 1992, pp. 1–31, 217–19, 200–244, and 247–76. ISBN: 9780947554231. 

Lacey-Johnson, Lionel. Point Blank and Beyond. Airlife Publishing, 2002, pp 35–39, 57–82, and 233–36. ISBN: 9781840373677. 

Boylan, Bernard Lawrence. “Development of the Long-Range Escort Fighter.” University of Missouri Dissertation, 1955, pp. 151–224.

McFarland, Stephen L. America’s Pursuit of Precision Bombing, 19101945. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995, pp. 165–90, 206–9, 221–32, and 277–84. ISBN: 9781560987840. 

Crane, Conrad C. “The Lure of Technological Innovation-Bombing Aids.” Chapter 5 in Bombs, Cities, and Civilians: American Airpower Strategy in World War II. University Press of Kansas, 1993. ISBN: 9780700611034. 

———. “Notes.” In Bombs, Cities, and Civilians: American Airpower Strategy in World War II. University Press of Kansas, 1993, pp. 174–76. ISBN: 9780700611034. 

Parks, W. Hays. “’Precision and ‘Area’ Bombing: Who Did Which, and When?” Journal of Strategic Studies 18, no. 1 (1995): 145–74.

Streetly, Martin. Confound and Destroy: 100 Group and the Bomber Support Campaign. TBS The Book Service Ltd., 1979, pp. 7–8, and 128–49. ISBN: 9780354011808. 

Aders, Gebhard. History of the German Night Fighter Force 19171945. TBS The Book Service Ltd., 1979, pp. 55–59, 74–88, 94–112, 121–28, 166–82, and 218–21. ISBN: 9780354012478. 

Biddle, Tami Davis. “British and American Approaches to Strategic Bombing: Their Origins and Implementation in the World War II Combined Bomber Offensive.” Journal of Strategic Studies 18, no. 1 (1995): 91–144.

Bowman, Martin W., and Tom Cushing. Confounding the Reich: The Operational History of 100 Group (Bomber Support) RAF. Patrick Stephens, 1996). ISBN: 9781852605070. 

Brown, Louis. A Radar History of World War II: Technical and Military Imperatives. Institute of Physics Publishing, 1999. ISBN: 9780750306591. [Preview with Google Books]

Cockburn, Robert. “The Radio War.” Chapter 24 in Radar Development to 1945. Edited by Russell Burns. Inspec/Iee, 1989. ISBN: 9780863411397.

Deighton, Len. Fighter: The True Story of the Battle of Britain. Castle Books, 2000. ISBN: 9780785812081. 

Ferris, John. “Achieving Air Ascendancy: Challenge and Response in British Strategic Air Defence, 1915–40.” Chapter 2 in Air Power History: Turning Points from Kitty Hawk to Kosovo. Edited by Sebastian Cox and Peter Gray. Routledge, 2002. ISBN: 9780714682570. [Preview with Google Books]

Fisher, David E. A Race on the Edge of Time: Radar-The Decisive Weapon of World War II. McGraw-Hill, 1987. ISBN: 9780070210882. 

Guerlac, Henry E. Radar in World War II: The History of Modern Physics, 18001950. American Institute of Physics, 1987. Vol. 8, pp. 757–815, Appendix B, pp. 1076–83. ISBN: 9780883184868. 

Heilenday, Frank W. The Battle of Britain – Luftwaffe Vs. RAF: Lessons Learned and Lingering Myths from World War II. RAND, 1995. ASIN: B007HDVUCA.

———. V-1 Cruise Missile Attacks Against England: Lessons Learned and Lingering Myths from World War II. RAND, 1995. ASIN: B007FRXROW.

 Jones, F.E. “OBOE – A Precision Ground Controlled Blind Bombing System.” Chapter 23 in Radar Development to 1945. Edited by Russell Burns. Inspec/Iee, 1989. ISBN: 9780863411397.

[L] Chapter 8: H2S Radar -the Background.

[L] Chapter 9: The Birth of H2S Radar-1 November 1941. [Preview with Google Books]

[L] Chapter 10: Halifax V9977. [Preview with Google Books]

[L] Chapter 16: Autumn 1942.

[L] Chapter 17: January-February 1943.

[L] Chapter 21: The Summer of 1943-Destruction of Hamburg.

[L] Chapter 22: H2S on 3 Centimeteres (X-band)-the Attacks on Berlin and Leipzig.

[L] Chapter 23: H2S and the American 8th Bomber Command.

[L] Chapter 25: Fishpond.

[L] Chapter 26: Conflict with Bomber Command.

[L] Chapter 27: The New Versions of H2S.

[L] Chapter 28: July 1944.

[L] Chapter 29: Naxos and H2S.

Middlebrook, Martin. The Berlin Raids: R.A.F. Bomber Command Winter 194344. Penguin Books, 1990. ISBN: 9780140081466. 

———. The Schweinfurt-Regensburg Mission: The American Raids on 17 August 1943. Pen and Sword, 2012. ISBN: 9781848847606. 

Mierzejewski, Alfred C. The Collapse of the German War Economy, 19441945: Allied Air Power and the German National Railway. University of North Carolina Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780807858509. [Preview with Google Books]

Price, Alfred. Battle Over the Reich. Scribner, 1974. ISBN: 9780684136295. 

———. Instruments of Darkness: The History of Electronic Warfare, 19391945. Naval Institute Press, 2017. ISBN: 9781473895645. 

Rip, Michael Russell, and James M. Hasik. The Precision Revolution: GPS and the Future of Aerial Warfare. US Naval Institute Press, 2002. pp. 14–48, and 452–56. ISBN: 9781557509734. 

Rostow, W.W. Pre-Invasion Bombing Strategy: General Eisenhower’s Decision of March 25, 1944. University of Texas Press, 1981. ISBN: 9780292764712. 

Saward, Dudley. The Bomber’s Eye. Cassell, 1959, pp. 108–18, 167–74, and 175–82.

Terraine, John. A Time for Courage: The Royal Air Force in the European War, 19391945. Macmillan Publishing Company, 1985, pp. 269–82, 292–98, 473–80, 491–503, 511–18, 537–58, 619–23, 652–53, and 671–80. ISBN: 9780026169707. 

Trim, R.M. “The Development of IFF in the Period Up to 1945.” Chapter 33 in Radar Development to 1945. Edited by Russell Burns. Inspec/Iee, 1989, pp. 436–45, and 454. ISBN: 9780863411397. 

Zimmerman, David. Britain’s Shield: Radar and the Defeat of the Luftwaffe. Amberly, 2011. ISBN: 9781445600611. [Preview with Google Books]

5 Naval Warfare (World War II) 

Boyd, Carl, and Akihiko Yoshida. The Japanese Submarine Force and World War II. Naval Institute Press, 2013. ISBN: 9781557500151.

Williams, Kathleen Broome. Secret Weapon: U.S. High-Frequency Direction Finding in the Battle of the Atlantic. Naval Institute Press, 1996. ISBN: 9781557509352.

Evans, David C., and Mark R. Peattie. “To Strike From the Sky: Japanese Naval Aviation, 1920–1941.” Chapter 9 in Kaigun: Strategy, Tactics, and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy, 18871941. Naval Institute Press, 2012. ISBN: 9781591142447.

Ford, Christopher, and David Rosenberg. The Admirals’ Advantage: U.S. Navy Operational Intelligence in World War II and the Cold War. Naval Institute Press, 2014, pp. 1–29. ISBN: 9781591142515. 

Griffith, Jr., Thomas E. “The Papuan Campaign: August 1942 to January 1943.” Chapter 5 in MacArthur’s Airman: General George C. Kenney and the War in the Southwest Pacific. University Press of Kansas, 1998, pp. 81–84. ISBN: 9780700609093.

———. “Moving Westward: January 1943 to June 1943.” Chapter 6 in MacArthur’s Airman: General George C. Kenney and the War in the Southwest Pacific. University Press of Kansas, 1998, pp. 98–112. ISBN: 9780700609093. 

Hezlet, Sir Arthur. Electronics and Sea Power. Stein and Day, 1975. ISBN: 9780812818116. 

Hone, Thomas C., Norman Friedman, and Mark D. Mandeles. American & British Aircraft Carrier Development, 19191941. Naval Institute Press, 2009. ISBN: 9781591143802. 

Meigs, Montgomery C. Slide Rules and Submarines: American Scientists and Subsurface Warfare in World War II. University Press of the Pacific, 2002. ISBN: 9780898759051. [Preview with Google Books]

Parillo, Mark P. The Japanese Merchant Marine in World War II. Naval Institute Press, 1993. ISBN: 9781557506771.

Peattie, Mark R. Sunburst: The Rise of Japanese Naval Air Power, 19091941. Naval Institute Press, 2013. ISBN: 9781591146643. [ISBN: 159114664X].

[P] Chapter 2: On a Moonlight Night or at Dawn.

[P] Chapter 3: Difficult But Not Impossible. [Preview with Google Books]

[P] Chapter 11: How Can Air Power Be Used Most Effectively?

[P] Chapter 12: The Real Power and Potentialities.

[P] Chapter 19: We Want Hustlers!

[P] Chapter 24: A Very Strong Fighting Spirit. [Preview with Google Books]

[P] Chapter 27: A Serious Study.

[P] Chapter 28: The War Games.

[P] Chapter 29: Time Was Running Out.

[P] Chapter 32: No Matter What the Cost.

[P] Chapter 33: Now the Clouds Were Raised.

Prange, Gordon W., with Donald M. Goldstein and Katherine V. Dillon. Miracle at Midway. McGraw-Hill, 1982. ISBN: 9780070506725. [Preview with Google Books]

Price, Alfred. Aircraft Versus Submarine. Jane’s Information Group, 1980. ISBN: 9780710600080. 

Rohwer, Jürgen. The Critical Convoy Battles of March 1943: The Battle for HX.229/SC122. Naval Institute Press, 1977, pp. 195–200. ISBN: 9780870218187. 

Sherrod, Robert. History of Marine Corps Aviation in World War II. Combat Forces Press, 1952. ISBN: 9781117878058. 

Smith, Kevin. Conflict Over Convoys: Anglo-American Logistics Diplomacy in the Second World War. Cambridge University Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780521520300. [Preview with Google Books]

Taylor, Theodore. The Magnificent Mitscher. Naval Institute Press, 2006. ISBN: 9781591148500. 

Tidman, Keith R. The Operations Evaluation Group: A History of Naval Operations Analysis. Naval Institute Press, 1984, pp. 17–94. ISBN: 9780870212734.

Wildenberg, Thomas. Destined for Glory: Dive Bombing, Midway, and the Evolution of Carrier Airpower. Naval Institute Press, 2012. ISBN: 9781591149699.

———. Gray Steel and Black Oil: Fast Tankers and Replenishment at Sea in the U.S. Navy, 19121992. Naval Institute Press, 1996. ISBN: 9781557509345. 

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