Members of the 442nd Troop Carrier Group plan missions into Europe during World War II (U.S. Air Force photo)

1. The Wehrmacht was the best at it and their military excellence relied on it.

The idea of Mission Command was explicit in German doctrine in the Second World War. However, it is not true that the Wehrmacht always implemented it at every level.

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Yesterday the New York Times Book Review ran my new survey of books about military history. Here are some highlights:

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An unclassified 1,300-page “unvarnished history” of the Iraq War is at the center of a heated debate among Army leaders and historians over who gets credit for what, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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John Boyd forever changed the way the United States fights wars, both on the ground and in the air. This is rather impressive considering his own limited battlefield experience, as he just missed World War II and barely caught the end of the Korean War.

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