*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
Even excluding its Pacific dimension, World War Two is by far the greatest conflict there has ever been and hopefully ever will be. No single course can hope to cover more than a few of the many possible perspectives on this massive conflict. The present course focuses purely on strategic and operational analysis of the various military campaigns. It does not address political, diplomatic or sociological perspectives, nor does it deal with ethics and morality, individual experience, or the detail of tactics and technology. In addition, the course focuses on representative issues and case studies, rather than attempting to provide a complete but necessarily shallow survey of every single campaign.
The formal aim of the course is to develop analytical insights into the military course of World War Two in Europe, through exploration of key strategic issues and a study of the operational characteristics of selected land, sea and air battles
At the end of the course, successful students should possess the following:
- an understanding of the military course of World War Two in Europe, and of the operational mechanics of key forms of combat during this conflict;
- a critical grasp of the role played in this conflict by factors such as geography, resources, logistics, generalship, intelligence, morale and force quality, and a consequent ability to make sensible judgements about how delicately balanced the historical outcome was in particular campaigns;
- the ability to research and analyse a chosen aspect of the conflict in some depth;
- significant experience in team working and oral presentation and debate, as a foundation for future courses and careers.
Professor Philip Sabin*
Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work. For a Full Year 30-credit module, this will equate to 40 hours of teaching time (2 hours per week) with 260 hours of self study.
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