Planning for the Second World War

  • Michael D. Hobkirk
Part of the RUSI Defence Studies book series


Perhaps ‘Lack of planning for the Second World War’ would have been a better title for this chapter, since the remarkable thing about the start of the war was the lack of well-matured strategic plans like the Schlieffen Plan. Politicians and others had in a general way anticipated the coming war but almost no one, including Hitler, had been able to predict the time and place. In consequence it was difficult for the army, naval and air staffs to plan ahead; in any case the German and British army staffs had other reasons for lack of long range planning; neither were given instructions until very late in the day to expect a war in the west.


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