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The Art of Action: Leadership that Closes the Gaps between Plans, Actions and Results by Stephen Bungay

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FROM AUFTRAGSTAKTIK TO MISSION COMMAND

Among historians of the Second World War, attention has been increasingly devoted to the performance of the German Army and what can be learned from it. It was remarkable, as any of those who fought against it will attest. As one American veteran of Normandy and the Rhineland puts it: “Until you’ve fought the German army, you have never fought a real battle.”48 Scholars and researchers have tried to analyze why this was so. In 1977 US Army Colonel Trevor Dupuy reluctantly concluded:

On a man for man basis, the German ground soldier consistently inflicted casualties at about a 50% higher rate than they incurred from the opposing British and American troops under all circumstances. This was true when they ...

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