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By Ottovon Pivka

Взгляд известного западного историка униформы на состояние обмундирования армий Европы конца 20-го века, включая Россию. В книге помещено немало черно-белых иллюстраций и цветных планшетов, как обычно предпринимается этим издательством. Для широкого круга любителей военного костюма, униформологов.

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This assumption applies with far greater force to the nuclear model than to the conventional weapons model. It is noteworthy that MAD thus far has apparently worked only because rational, state-based protagonists have been involved, originally the United States versus the USSR, and subsequently India versus Pakistan. Like other strategies before it, MAD may become redundant, in its case when irrational states or organisations acquire nuclear weapons, as they surely will. Before discussing the final two schools of strategic thought, guerilla warfare and terrorism, brief mention should be made of some of the terminology which grew out of nuclear strategy, to illustrate the use of language as politics.

For example, as far as manoeuvring or getting into position is concerned, practices such as deception, camouflage, surprise, timeliness, and so on, may all 15 16 MAKING SENSE OF WAR seem blindingly obvious, but that has not always been the case. Nor are those apparently self-evident practices invariably observed in the modern era, as demonstrated by the disastrous experience of the large Serbian land force that carelessly massed in open terrain during the war between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the former Republic of Yugoslavia in 1999, and was decimated by NATO strike aircraft.

With that caution in mind, the remainder of this chapter discusses the key concepts derived from the routinely expressed human desires to compel and to coerce. THE DECISIVE BATTLE The notion of the decisive or great battle provides the starting point for discussing compellence, first, because it represents a long-standing strategic conviction, and second, because it establishes a useful framework of associated warfighting maxims and practices within which ∗ To say that the use of the words ‘compellence’ and ‘coercion’ within the discipline of strategic studies has sometimes been opaque would be an understatement.

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