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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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Re-evaluating Combat Cohesion

Re-evaluating Combat Cohesion

The British Second Army in the Northwest Europe Campaign of the Second World War

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(p.134) 7 Re-evaluating Combat Cohesion
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Jonathan Fennell

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719663.003.0007

This chapter explores the role of morale in the military strategic process and demonstrates, for the first time, how it is possible to construct a methodologically sound quantitative approach for assessing morale in an historical battle context (the British Army’s progress through Northwest Europe in 1944/5). It proposes a functional conceptualization of morale, which focuses its meaning and relevance on motivation and the willingness to act in a manner required by an authority or institution. These approaches, at least when applied to the Northwest Europe campaign, point to the need to re-evaluate the dominant theories on combat cohesion. It is concluded that strategy, understood as an iterative multilevel process rather than a level of war or activity situated only as a bridge between national policy and tactics, lies at the heart of any understanding of combat cohesion.

Keywords:   morale, motivation, iterative multilevel process, British Army, Northwest Europe campaign

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