Abdul Hadi Pasha II wrote:What the author does it look at the various "arab armies" 1948-91 and goes over how well they did.
Mike, the only one of these I've read is the Emden book.
Could you give me a little more on:
Arabs at War: Military Effectiveness, 1948-1991
Lybia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia
In a nut shell all had problems of one type of another and for different reasons. The best of them were Jordan, theres is the lone long term professional army of the mix, and Iraq at the end of the Iran - Iraq war, they had produced a fairly effective modern army in middle east.
The author doesn't go to much into cultural issues, some is there.
In short the problem with the Arab armies isn't the bottom or the very top. Nothing wrong with recruits and most of them by the 50's or 60's on had average or good high commands. The problem was middle management so to speak, Junior officers through Brigade command weren't very good. Most were very inflexiable and displayed very little in the way of inititive; things had clearly gone wrong or were no longer following the plan but kept on with the plan. Also the command structures had a bad habbit of not getting accurate info up the lines of communication, any success no matter how minor becomes a war winner and defeats are either not reported or details lied over and converted into victories. Egypt had an interesting response and put huge effort into radio listening to steal reports from the IDF and use the Israeli reports to get clue idea of events.
Abdul Hadi Pasha II wrote:Its about on par with an Osprey book, large amount of pictures and drawings (none color mind you) and very short. I should have looked at the page length 48 pages, of which half of it is pictures, so a total of 20 some odd pages of text. There is good info there but I was expecting more, you could find the same info on the web if you are willing to look around. Its nice to have in one book but over all I wouldn't have bought it if I had a chance to flip through it.
German Heavy Bombers
Abdul Hadi Pasha II wrote:When Fritz Fischer first put forward the idea that Wilhelm's Germany not just caused WW1 but went out of their way to set it off a lot of people were, upset by the idea. This book is a defense of his ideas vs those who disagreed with the idea. In effect its the academic version of a flame war you might see on any alt-history site or forum today, all from the point of view of Fritz Fischer. Its very interesting its in a effect a collection of academic papers and magazine articles all neatened up. I have scene such works before but they aren't very common.
World power or decline: The controversy over Germany's aims in the First World War
Now some of the Fischer's idea's will appear dated to a current reader, its from 60's, but its still a useful work to understanding the orgines of WW1 or at least the Historiography of the subject.
Hope this is of some use.