Big Picture

The Big Picture category represented an opportunity to explore some of the more abstract issues with direct relevance to the World Wars. These two conflicts ushered in a host of conceptual changes in warfare, from the trench warfare that paralyzed the Western Front in World War I, to the development of tanks and airplanes that were meant to break that paralysis. Those two elements were employed in different ways in World War II, based on the strategic visions of each nation, resulting in such strategic systems as German Blitzkrieg and the Soviet Deep Penetration doctrine, as well as the Anglo-American strategic bombing campaign.

This category offered an opportunity to explore such conceptual issues. The pattern here is not as well-defined as in the previous three categories. An explanation of the role of cavalry in the First World War requires a different approach from the exploration of strategic bombing as an outgrowth of Giulio Douhet’s theories. In each case, however, I endeavored to write an article that explained the nature of each subject and presented its significance for the World Wars.

What is Blitzkrieg?

An Overview of the Eastern Front in World War I

Trench Warfare in World War I

The Influence of Giulio Douhet on the Strategic Bombing Campaigns of World War II

An Overview of the 1918 Armistice in the West

The Effects of the Siege of Leningrad on the Civilian Population

The Role of Aircraft in World War I

The Role of Destroyers in the Pacific War

The Role of Japan in World War I

An Introduction to U-Boat Wolfpack Tactics in World War II

The Role of Cavalry in World War I

Panzergrenadiers in the German Army in World War II

The Strategic Role of the Dardanelles in World War I

The Assault Gun Concept in World War II

Casualties of World War I

The Transfer of Soviet Factories During World War II

Naval Tactics of World War I

Mikhail Tukhachevskii and the Soviet Strategy of Deep Penetration

Storm Troops and Infiltration Tactics in the German Army in World War I

A Look at the German Use of Submarines During World War II

An Overview of Naval Aviation During World War I

The Role of Land Mines in World War I

Bushido and Japanese Atrocities in World War II