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Phillip S. Meilinger

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178899

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178899.001.0001

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Time in War

Time in War

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(p.102) 7 Time in War
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Thoughts on War
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Phillip S. Meilinger

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813178899.003.0008

The use of time, or timing, in war has always been of crucial importance—great commanders have understood the critical nature of time on the battlefield. It fits here by reflecting a major factor in war that has long been recognized but seldom achieved. The notion of how to telescope time was a quest for greater speed and of achieving physical and psychological surprise and shock. In modern terms, these were force multipliers. It also appears that conquering time is best suited to the rapidity, flexibility, and omniscience of air and space power, and therefore leads to the future of war. Given are several battles throughout history, both on land and in the air, that illustrate the critical nature of time.

Keywords:   Time factors in war, Schlieffen Plan, Battle of Borodino, Battle of Gettysburg, strategic bombing, Schweifurt/Regensburg, Ploesti, atomic bombs, psychological effects

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