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Author Lillard, John M., 1958- author.

Title Playing war : wargaming and U.S. Navy preparations for World War II / John M. Lillard
Published Lincoln, NB : Potomac Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, [2016]


Description 1 online resource
Contents Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Illustrations; Tables; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. The Players ; 2. The Game Process ; 3. The Early Phase, 1919-27 ; 4. The Middle Phase, 1928- 34; 5. The Late Phase, 1935-41; Conclusion; Appendix A; Appendix B; Appendix C; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary Between the First and Second World Wars, the U.S. Navy used the experience it had gained to prepare for future wars through simulated conflicts, or war games, at the Naval War College. In Playing War John M. Lillard analyzes individual war games in detail, showing how players tested new tactics and doctrines, experimented with advanced technology, and transformed their approaches through these war games, learning lessons that would prepare them to make critical decisions in the years to come. Recent histories of the interwar period explore how the U.S. navy digested the impact of World War I and prepared itself for World War Ii. However, most of these works overlook or dismiss the transformational quality of the War College war games and the central role they played in preparing the navy for war. To address that gap, Playing War details how the interwar navy projected itself into the future through simulated conflicts. Playing War recasts the reputation of the interwar War College as an agent of preparation and innovation and the war games as the instruments of that agency. -- Inside jacket flap
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-206) and index
Notes English
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Subject United States. Navy -- Maneuvers -- History -- 20th century
Naval War College (U.S.) -- History -- 20th century
Naval War College (U.S.)
United States. Navy
Naval education -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Naval strategy -- Study and teaching -- United States -- History -- 20th century
War games -- United States -- History -- 20th century
War games -- History -- 20th century
HISTORY -- Military -- Naval.
Armed Forces -- Maneuvers
Naval education
Naval strategy -- Study and teaching
War games
United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2015029794
ISBN 1612348270