THE TRANSATLANTIC ESSAY CONTEST AND THE PLANNING PRINCIPLES OF THE NORTH AFRICAN CAMPAIGN

THE TRANSATLANTIC ESSAY CONTEST AND THE PLANNING PRINCIPLES OF THE NORTH AFRICAN CAMPAIGN

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The six weeks of deliberations known as the a€œtransatlantic essay contesta€ demonstrated the cognitive tensions between two allies and their respective services regarding the operational objectives for the North African campaign. Achieving the ultimate objective of the campaign was a balancing act between selecting operational objectives within the operational reach of the forces available while mitigating undesired effects. Each nation and service proposed different methods for balancing the conflicting views in order to achieve the strategic objectives set forth in the August 13, 1942 directive to the Allied Expeditionary Force Commander in Chief. In the end it took the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to break the impasse and provide the resources necessary to provide the mission a reasonable chance of success. Although the North African campaign was fought seventy years ago, the planning principles that drove the development of the North African campaign are just as relevant today as they were in 1942.69Winston Churchill, aquot;We Shall Fight on the Beachesaquot; http://www. winstonchurchill.org/learn/speeches/speeches-of-winston-churchill/128-we- shallfight-on-the-beaches (accessed December 4, 2012). demilitarized in ports not occupied byanbsp;...


Title:THE TRANSATLANTIC ESSAY CONTEST AND THE PLANNING PRINCIPLES OF THE NORTH AFRICAN CAMPAIGN
Author: John A. Atilano II
Publisher:Maroon Ebooks - 2015-02-08
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