T. E. Lawrence: Theorist and Campaign Planner
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph analyzes T. E. Lawrence as a military theorist and campaign planner. It investigates whether Lawrences development of his own theory of war assisted him in planning the Arab campaign during World War I. The monograph focuses in four areas. The first section discusses the historical background of Lawrence and the Arab revolt. This section establishes the basis for Lawrences understanding of war and of the theater of operations. In addition, it identifies the aims of the Arab revolt and why Arab actions were important to the Allied cause. The second section focuses on Lawrences theory of war. This section explains his theory and-how he developed it. The third section deals with how Lawrences theory addressed the Arabs ends desired end state for the war, means use of the resources available, and ways the method for employing the means to attain the ends. In a fourth and concluding section, the monograph proposes that T. E. Lawrences development of a theory of war did assist him in planning the Arab campaign during World War I. Lawrences theory of war accomplished two functions. First, it clarified the past, what had happened in the Arab revolt to that point. Secondly, it helped Lawrence anticipate the future. A future that came to fruition because of Lawrences ability to transcend his role as a theorist. Using his theory as a basis, Lawrence carried his rational approach to war into the development of an operational concept, the war of detachment, and a fighting doctrine to fulfill it. With these means in hand, Lawrence devised a way to employ them. Logically, the way Lawrence devised was a campaign plan designed in accordance with his theory.
- Government and Political Science
- Humanities and History
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics