Boyd's thesis appears to be the basis of his excellent 2017 book The Royal Navy in Eastern Waters Linchpin of Victory 1935-1942Eugen Pinak wrote:Andy H - thank you very much for sharing.
You've provided link only to volume 2, link to volume 1 is here: http://bear.buckingham.ac.uk/109/1/A%20 ... lished.pdfAndy H wrote:Worthy of better Memory: The Royal Navy and the defence of the Eastern Empire 1935 - 1942
http://bear.buckingham.ac.uk/109/2/A%20 ... lished.pdf
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In 1914 there were around 53,000 Germans immigrants living in Britain, yet by the end of the Great War, there were only 22,000 left. During the war the British government spent a lot of time and effort producing legislation directly aimed at protecting domestic security and against enemy aliens.
This thesis understands and explores the methodology and workings of the infant intelligence community and places the use of intelligence and work of the Secret Service Bureau at the centre of the governmental decision making process in relation to the enemy alien question during the First World War.
By assessing the intelligence available on enemy aliens at the beginning of the Twentieth Century, the thesis seeks to understand what the real issues were and why decisions were made with regards to internment and repatriation legislation in the Great War. It arises that the British government had a co-ordinated enemy alien policy, which was not borne out of a reaction to press and public pressure for change.
Chapter one focuses on pre-war; developments that facilitated the British government’s adoption of the premise that enemy aliens were a potential domestic security threat to the home front in the event of a war with Germany. These developments were the birth of the Secret Service Bureau and the activity surrounding the compilation of the unofficial register of aliens. Chapters two and three examine the role of the Secret Service Bureau in relation to the enemy alien question and the Bureau’s influence with other government departments during the First World War. Chapter four considers the Secret Service Bureau’s role in developing enemy alien legislation between 1909 and 1918. Finally Chapter five considers the patterns and impact of press and public pressure on the British government’s alien enemy policy.
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15 mai 1940, le mercredi de La Horgne : de la mémoire à l'histoire. : La campagne de mai-juin 1940 de la 3e Brigade de Spahis.
Among other things, it includes a nice appendix criticizing the German photographs of the French campaign, pointing the many actually coming from the 1941 movie "Victory in the West".Wednesday, May 15, 1940, in the small Ardennes village of La Horgne, west of Sedan, the troopers of the 3rd [Cavalry] Brigade of Spahis (2nd Regiment of Algerian Spahis from Tlemcen and 2nd Regiment of Moroccan Spahis from Marrakech) try to stop a part of the most modern Panzer-Division of the Wehrmacht. Commemorative History has focused on a 3rd Brigade of Spahis that was simply "annihilated" in about ten hours of fighting, but not before putting out of action a thousand German soldiers. For its part, the scientific History takes into account 50 Spahis and 31 German soldiers killed in action. More than 76 years after the fact, it is more than time to put an end to the legend of the "useless slaughter of 700 Spahis charging German tanks on horseback at La Horgne."
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Hitler as military commander : from Blau to Edelweiß, January - November 1942
PhD submitted by Alan Donohue at Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland), Department of History, in 2015. Page count: 419.
Link to thesis: http://www.tara.tcd.ie/handle/2262/79574The following thesis addresses the role of Adolf Hitler as a military commander from a subjective point of view. It deals with his strategy in relation to the war against the Soviet Union in 1942 as well as his operational command of Army Group A towards the end of the year. This was the only time during the Second World War when he held such a command, though his influence on the campaign which it waged in the Caucasus has never been analysed in great detail. The majority of the sources used are from the records of the Wehrmacht, including orders, reports and war diaries. They serve as an important foundation from which to judge the actions of a commander in an objective manner. Secondary literature is used where it challenges the consensus that Hitler was an amateur strategist and commander who refused the sage advice of professionals - whether military or civilian. The dissertation sheds new light on Hitler as a commander of men from the strategic to the tactical level of warfare. Important aspects of his personality are discussed, such as his opinions on military command in the First World War and his directives and commands for his own armed forces in the Second, especially the orders which affected the front-line troops. It will be shown that the men of Army Group A were supplied and given air support within the parameters of the possible, though this was not generally acknowledged in the memoirs of the generals who fought in this formation. Hitler was concerned as much with the fighting capabilities o f his Axis partners as he was with his own troops. The thesis stresses the measures he took in order to provide these countries with modern weaponry - often to the detriment of the Wehrmacht - though circumstances dictated that he was not always in a position to help his allies as much as he might have wished. Other neglected areas of research are also addressed, such as logistics and military intelligence. It will be shown that Hitler was determined to rectify the transport problems which plagued the Wehrmacht in the first year of the war against the Soviet Union, and that operational decisions which he made were based on the sober assessment of reports coming from the front.
Donohue has also just published an article in the Journal of Slavic military Studies, which appears to be at least partly based on his PhD: http://www.tara.tcd.ie/handle/2262/79574
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