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Blueprints for Battle
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While scholarship abounds on the diplomatic and security aspects of the Cold War, very little attention has been paid to military planning at the operational level. In Blueprints for Battle, experts from Russia, the United States, and Europe address this dearth by closely examining the military planning of NATO and Warsaw Pact member nations from the end of World War II to the beginning of d?tente. Informed by material from recently opened archives, this collection investigates the perceptions and actions of the rival coalitions, exploring the challenges presented by nuclear technology, examining how military commanders' perceptions changed from the 1950s to the 1960s, and discussing logistical coordination among allied states. The result is a detailed study that offers much-needed new perspectives on the military aspects of the early Cold War.

Table of Contents

  1. Front cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xxxii
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  1. A Note on the English Edition
  2. pp. xxxiii-xxxiii
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  1. Abbreviations and Common Terms
  2. pp. xxxv-xxxvii
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  1. Introduction: The Plans of the Warsaw Pact and NATO
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. 1. Strategic Problems and the Central Sector, 1948-1968: An Overview
  2. pp. 5-20
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  1. 2. Aims and Realities: NATO’s Forward Defense and the Operational Planning Level at NORTHAG
  2. pp. 21-31
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  1. 4. Waiting to Be Kissed? NATO, NORTHAG, and Intelligence
  2. pp. 55-74
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  1. 5. East German Military Intelligence for the Warsaw Pact in the Central Sector
  2. pp. 75-92
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  1. 6. Waste and Confusion? NATO Logistics from the Dutch Perspective
  2. pp. 93-107
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  1. 7. The Logistics System of the Soviet and Warsaw Pact Armed Forces in the 1950s and 1960s
  2. pp. 109-119
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  1. 8. Soviet Union Military Planning, 1948-1968
  2. pp. 121-129
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  1. 9. War Games in Europe: The U.S. Army Experiments with Atomic Doctrine
  2. pp. 131-153
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  1. 10. Fighting for the Heart of Germany: German I Corps and NATO’s Plans for the Defense of the North German Plain in the 1960s
  2. pp. 155-174
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  1. 11. The German Democratic Republic
  2. pp. 175-201
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  1. 12. The British Army of the Rhine and Defense Plans for Germany, 1945-1955
  2. pp. 203-215
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  1. 13. The Dutch Contribution to the Defense of the Central Sector
  2. pp. 217-237
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  1. 14. Concluding Remarks: Warfare in the Central Sector
  2. pp. 239-244
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 245-247
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 249-261
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