Defense Will Not Win the War Author:W. F. Kernan, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army From the Preface: — This book represents the attempt of a professional soldier to orientate American public opinion in respect to offensive warfare. It has often been necessary for the author to diverge sharply from the judgments of our "military experts" and to point out fallacies in arguments which we had hitherto regarded as irrefutable. — ... ... more »in order to defeat the Axis, we must learn every lesson which this war holds for us, even though such lessons emphasize the mistakes of our oracles and the strategic blunders of our allies.
... The opinions expressed in the following pages are not in any sense of the word official. The facts have been taken from the ordinary historical sources and from carefully authenticated press reports.
I The Defense Myth
II The Staff Complex
III Mahan Was Wrong!
IV Continental Warfare and Geopolitics
V The Search for a Frontier
VI A Fable for Realists
VII The Lesson of Manila and Singapore
VIII The Reversal of History
IX The Restoration of Strategy
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