THE ROAD TO TOTAL WAR: ESCALATION IN WORLD WAR 2
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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An examination is made of the circumstances that led to escalation from controlled to indiscriminate air warfare in World War 2, with implications for the waging of future major conflicts. Escalation in World War 2 resulted from various factors that impelled leaders on both sides to respond to immediate problems with actions resulting in effects that were often neither planned nor foreseen. Although the specific events that contributed to World War 2 escalation are unique, the pressures and the manner in which decisionmakers responded could recur. In a controlled general war fought on the periphery of the Soviet Union, the outcome could depend on whether U.S. decisionmakers understand the process of escalation well enough to avoid mistakes provoked by the unfamiliar problems of a controlled general war.
- Humanities and History
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics