By Williamson Murray

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But a battalion commander from 1914 would have barely recognized the battlefields of 1918. In the air and at sea, as on land, much of what formed the conduct of operations in World War II had made its appearance in the war of 1914–1918. In the air, operations had seen fighter duels, air reconnaissance, close air support of the ground battle, interdiction (attacks on the enemy’s lines of supply and communications), and even strategic bombing. Moreover, the air war had taught one unambiguous lesson: without air superiority, all other air operations resulted in unacceptable losses in pilots and aircraft.

One of the great myths of military history is that military organizations prepare for the next war by studying the last war and that is why they perform badly. In fact, Seeckt established no less than 57 different committees to study the war. ”2 Those committees produced the first edition of Leadership and Battle with Combined Arms in 1923. The 1933 edition, Die Truppenführung, written by Generals Werner von Fritsch and Ludwig Beck (soon to become the army’s commander and chief of staff), provided the doctrine for the coming war.

What made World War II so devastating was the tactical improvements that enlarged operational possibilities well beyond anything that had taken place in the last conflict. Improved technology certainly had a role, but intellectual conceptualizations that combined many tactical pieces into complicated operational capabilities were the key element in successful innovation. And at the heart of that intellectual process lay professional military education and honest experimentation. Ground Forces Over the course of World War I, constant technological innovation finally broke the territorial deadlock on the Western Front in 1918 and returned maneuver to the battlefield.

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