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Blueprints for Battle: Planning for War in Central Europe, 1948-1968

edited by Jan Hoffenaar and Dieter Krüger edited by David T. Zabecki

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Foreign Military Studies
304 pages  Pubdate: 10/05/2012  6 x 9  21 maps, 1 graph, 2 figures, 1 table

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While scholarship abounds on the diplomatic and security aspects of the Cold War, very little attention has been paid to military planning at the operational level. In Blueprints for Battle, experts from Russia, the United States, and Europe address this dearth by closely examining the military planning of NATO and Warsaw Pact member nations from the end of World War II to the beginning of détente. Informed by material from recently opened archives, this collection investigates the perceptions and actions of the rival coalitions, exploring the challenges presented by nuclear technology, examining how military commanders’ perceptions changed from the 1950s to the 1960s, and discussing logistical coordination among allied states. The result is a detailed study that offers much-needed new perspectives on the military aspects of the early Cold War.

Jan Hoffenaar is head of the research division at the Netherlands Institute of Military History, The Hague, and professor of military history at Utrecht University. He is coeditor of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency: Irregular Warfare from 1800 to the Present.

Dieter Krüger is associate professor (privatdozent) of contemporary history at the Martin Luther University of Halle–Wittenberg and historian at the Military History Research Institute (MGFA), Potsdam.

Major General David T. Zabecki, AUS (Ret.), is the author of The German 1918 Offensives: A Case Study in the Operational Level of War and editor emeritus of Vietnam magazine. He holds the Shifrin Distinguished Chair in Military and Naval History at the United States Naval Academy and is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the War Studies Programme at the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom).

The Cold War has been indifferently plumbed by scholars, especially regarding the Eastern bloc. This book, with its wealth of new and fascinating information on the subject, is especially welcome. -- Spencer C. Tucker, retired holder of the John Biggs Chair of Military History at the Virginia Military Institute and editor of the Encyclopedia of the Cold War: A Political, Social, and Military History

Contains a host of fascinating observations about a period for which the historical records are only just emerging. Although many books have analyzed the diplomatic and national security aspects of the early Cold War, few have gone down to the next level to examine how national strategies translated into specific military plans and actions. -- Jonathan M. House, author of A Military History of the Cold War, 1944-1962

Essential reading for any serving officer and should be required reading for senior defense officials. Blueprints, if read, would go a long way toward correcting the apparent memory loss of the purpose of armies and illusions of whether or not the Cold War was complicated or complex. -- Army Magazine

"Readers of these conference offerings are given a sweeping vista of the war plans developed by the two alliances fort the arena of Central Europe during the first two decades of the Cold War." -- Tal Tovy, H-War

"Blueprints for Battle delves into the military planning used by each side and how it was shaped and reshaped as the world was transfored from the end of World War II to the late 1960s." -- Military History

"Jan Hoffenaar and Dieter Kruger's anthology Blueprints for Battle: Planning for War in Central Europe, 1948-1968 is essential reading for any serving officer and should be required reading for senior officials." -- Col. Gregory Fontenot, U.S. Army retired