By Ian Speller, Christopher Tuck,
A whole background of the idea and perform of amphibious operations within the twentieth century. The textual content takes the reader via a stage-by-stage account of amphibious tactical operations, and contains technical info.
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It has been significantly affected by ethnocentric perceptions. Both nations assumed an implicit and centrally directed enemy. Each believed its own approach to be both more rational and peaceable than its opponent's . Each failed to understand the other's points of reference . And each was unwilling to look at problems from the other's point of view, or even to become extensively knowledgeable about the other's society _ 1 6 These attitudes confirmed already deeply held prejudices and inevitably helped to justify a predisposition towards over-insurance in strategic programmes.
2 1 4-1 5 . 1 4 . Anatol Rap�port, Co_nflict in a Man-Made Environment (Harmondsworth, Middx ; Penguin Books, 1 974), p. 1 72 . 1 5 . For elaborations of this theme see Anato1 Rapoport, 'Critique o f Strategic Thinking', Ch. , 1 964) and Rapoport's Introduction to Clausewitz: On Wat (Harmondsworth, Middx: Penguin Books, 1 96 8) . 1 6 . ly do n o t free academics of the problem o f ethnocentric thinking. The case for the traditional academic approach, untram melled by pressures of practicality and relevancy, can be found in Kenneth R.
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Amphibious Warfare by Ian Speller, Christopher Tuck,