Aleutian Islands by Center of Military History, George L. MacGarrigle

By Center of Military History, George L. MacGarrigle

A chain of illustrated brochures that describe the campaigns during which U.S. military troops participated in the course of international conflict II.

every one brochure describes the strategic environment, lines the operations of the most important American devices concerned, and analyzes the impression of the crusade on destiny operations.

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In part it was also the result of a military intelligence system, and a broader military stall' system, that contained deep flaws. The German General Staff, that is, both the army's central operational command element and the elite group that dominated the German officer corps, paid a great deal of attention to the intelligence function. Their manuals emphasized its importance, and their stafl' structure contained departments whose only job was to collect and assess information 011 foreign COUll tries alld their militaries.

That poor performance, the Germans surmised, was partly the inevitable result of the political purges that Stalin had carried Ollt in 1937 and 1938, in which between twenty and twenty-five thousand officers, including most of the senior commanders, died. A fair amount of racism also colored the oHicers' views: they tended to share Hitler's opinion that the Soviet Union was a state of Slavs domiJlated by Jews, which could hardly be expected to field an ellective force. In comparison with the French, whom the Wehnnacht had just defeated with such apparent ease, the Red Army seemed an easy target.

That was bound to be a problem, howevel; ill territory in which the Wehrmacht was living ofF the land and sending fooc\stulls to GerllJany. In late May alld early June a lIumber of armylevel headquarters issued instructions to the eHect that the prisoners were to receive only the poorest quality lood, and not much of that.

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