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FrontlineCombat and Cohesion in Twenty-First Century$
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Anthony King

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198719663

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719663.001.0001

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Combat and Cohesion in the Early Twentieth Century

Combat and Cohesion in the Early Twentieth Century

Strengthening the Inverted Pyramid

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Antulio J. Echevarria

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This chapter offers, as a point of comparison, a historical analysis of the concept of ‘cohesion’ in the era before the First World War. It discusses the role that cohesion was thought to play in combat effectiveness, the challenges posed by the modern conditions of battle, by urbanization and industrialization, and by new ideologies questioning the legitimacy of war. It describes the steps taken by military officials to address those challenges and how effective they were. It concludes by suggesting that the cohesion, or lack thereof, within the staffs of higher headquarters deserves greater attention by scholars, as most of wars’ failures had to do with breakdowns in planning and coordination.

Keywords:   First World War, urbanization, industrialization, military officials, planning, coordination

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