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Give US Back Our Field Army! The Dutch Army Leadership And The Operational Planning During The Interwar Years

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The impasse in the Dutch defence policy that emerged in 1918 could only be broken by World War II and in the period following it. This conclusion makes the interwar years a fascinating and important period for military-historical research. This prompts the questions in how far the Dutch army leadership were aware of this pressure, whether they fathomed the problem completely and in what way they tried to solve it. What military strategy did they favour and which army model did they envisage to realise this strategy? How realistic was this strategy and how adequate was the army model? Did the Dutch army leadership succeeded in gaining political support for their wishes and plans? This chapter attempts to answer these questions. From the early nineteen-twenties strategic-operational planning had been directed at an operation of the Dutch field army south of the great rivers.

Keywords: Dutch army leadership; Dutch field army; interwar years; operational planning



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