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The British success at Goose Green was seen as a legendary victory, but by using interviews with participants in the battle, this book argues that it actually highlighted serious flaws in the British army's command culture. The author's knowledge of recent attempts to reform the army's command system and of the ongoing tactics debate allows him to elucidate the two basic models of command system identifiable in the Falklands War. This book is the basis of the first of Channel 4's 1996 series of documentaries, "Secret History", entitled "The Battle of Goose Green". "Restrictive control", traditionally preferred in the British army and still the accepted doctrine in 1982, holds that military action can be planned in detail in advance and expected to run according to plan if subordinates obey orders. "Directive command", on the other hand, recognizes that the chaos of battle cannot be controlled without overwhelming material superiority and therefore seeks to establish a more flexible system. This allows greater freedom of action for subordinates to deal with the unfolding tactical situation as appropriate. Applying this to Goose Green, the book suggests that the British achieved greater success when departing from the army's usual methodology than when adhering to the practices taught at officer training establishments. The conclusion from this assessment is that inaccurate reporting and the unquestioning glorification of its performance have hindered the army's efforts at modernizing its command system. The author argues that armies often fail to learn from their experiences.
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Book Description Lutterworth Press, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Light foxing to the page edges. Good condition with signs of use. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0010321938
Book Description Hardback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR004164509
Book Description The Lutterworth Press, Cambridge, 1995. Octavo; VG/no-DJ; red spine with gold text; cover has a few faint scratches, small black mark on back, minor edgewear; textblock has minor edgewear, slight age toning, small stamp from previous owner on front free-end paper, otherwise clean; pp 208. Full-priced Rockville. Seller Inventory # 14-430-1268308
Book Description The Lutterworth Press, Cambridge, 1995. Hard Back Dust Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. The History and Mythology of the Battle of Goose Green. Photographic dust jacket in very good condition and with minimal wear to it. Contents very clean throughout. Edges lightly foxed. Tight binding. Overall very good. pp208. Seller Inventory # 095526
Book Description Lutterworth Press, 1995. Condition: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In good all round condition. Dust Jacket in good condition. , 600grams, ISBN:0718829336. Seller Inventory # 7702786
Book Description Lutterworth Press. (Subject: Post World War II - General) The events of the Falklands War with particular reference to the battle of Goose Green where Colonel H. Jones, lost his life and was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. The author examines the myths surrounding the battle and concludes that it was the system of tactical command known as "restrictive control" that nearly led to British defeat, and that the death of the 'H' resulted in a switch to "directive command" enabling the British to win the day. A controversial book, with lessons for military strategy, organisation and management generally. (Published: 1995) (Publisher: Lutterworth Press) (ISBN: 0718829336) (Pagination: 208pp, 14 maps, 1 table, 5 sketches, appendices, bibliography, index) (Condition: Good in d/w. Shows signs of use.) UL-XXXXXX. Seller Inventory # 24407-01
Book Description Lutterworth Press, Cambridge, 1995. Red Cloth Boards. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Jacket, Boards, interior, text, in bright clean condition. 208pp. Author's drawn sketches, figures in text. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hardback. Seller Inventory # 001887
Book Description Lutterworth Press, Cambridge, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Slight fading to spine. ; B & W maps; 9.92 X 6.38 X 1.02 inches; 208 pages. Seller Inventory # 23228
Book Description Lutterworth Press, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. First Edition. Seller Inventory # SONG0718829336
Book Description Lutterworth Press, 2001. Condition: UsedAcceptable. book. Seller Inventory # M0718829336_4