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Accession Number ADA566628
Title Field Marshal Slim -- Theoretical Thinking and the Impact of Theory on Campaign Planning.
Publication Date May 2012
Media Count 1265p
Personal Author S. P. Steele
Abstract Field Marshall Viscount Slim holds a special place in modern military history. He soundly defeated the Imperial Japanese Army in Burma in 1945, retaking the strategically important Burma Road, and safeguarding the Chinese Theater from sure culmination. By all accounts, Slim was a military genius, having achieved this notable victory even after the Japanese 15th Army pushed Allied troops all the way back to India. The historical records attribute Slim's success to his superior ability to lead soldiers in combat, but they tell only half the story. By tracing Slim's implicit process of theoretical thinking, using an observe, interpret, hypothesize, test, and prescribe action framework, this monograph demonstrates that Slim's genius came from a combination of his abilities to lead and think theoretically. Specifically, his ability to think theoretically afforded him the opportunity to develop a new operational approach -- a paradigm shift of sorts -- and his leadership made it possible to motivate his men to employ that approach. The author asserts that it was the presence of these two abilities in a single man that made him a superior military commander.
Keywords Army design methodology
Burma campaign
Calcutta hillside
First arakan campaign
Imperial japanese army
Mental ability
Military commanders
Military geniuses
Military history
Military planning
Operational approach
Operational art
Second arakan campaign
Second world war
Slim william joseph
Theoretical thinking

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Army Command and General Staff Coll., Fort Leavenworth, KS. School of Advanced Military Studies.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Monograph.
NTIS Issue Number 1307
Contract Number N/A

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