The Forge: The Decline and Rebirth of the American Military Eric Hammel

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The Forge: The Decline and Rebirth of the American Military  by  Eric Hammel

The Forge: The Decline and Rebirth of the American Military by Eric Hammel
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The ForgeThe Decline and Rebirth of the American MilitaryNovember 12, 1918 to December 6, 1941Eric HammelBecause the United States military undertook its first World War II offensive operations in the Pacific within only eight months of Pearl Harbor,MoreThe ForgeThe Decline and Rebirth of the American MilitaryNovember 12, 1918 to December 6, 1941Eric HammelBecause the United States military undertook its first World War II offensive operations in the Pacific within only eight months of Pearl Harbor, most historians and readers of the war’s history depict and perceive the quick transition in 1942 from defensive war to offensive war as a miracle.In the miraculous narrative Americans have written for themselves, the peace-loving and ill-prepared sleeping giant, the United States, is suddenly struck by enemies who use her peace-loving ways against her, while a mere sprinkling of gallant, dedicated soldiers, sailors, and airmen fight overwhelming odds to barely hold the line against an unremitting backdrop of tearful defeats.

Meanwhile, U.S. industry suddenly—instantly—becomes a magical “Arsenal of Democracy” that produces uncountable tanks and ships and guns, not to mention trained soldiers, sailors, and airmen in their legions, fleets, and air armadas that will smash the wiliest and most powerful enemies ever before confronted. The appearance of all that materiel, and all those battle-ready young men so soon after the Pearl Harbor attack, looks exactly like a miracle.There was no miracle.Celebrated military historian Eric Hammel’s cool appraisal of the facts reveals that Americas stunning and overwhelming moral response to German and Japanese aggression in the mid- and late 1930s, a response that eventually brought a huge portion of the globe within its embrace, was far less a miracle than an inexorable force of nature.

America was a sleeping giant. But the decision to turn the entire force and will of a hard-working, innovative nation to arming for war was not made in the wake of Pearl Harbor. By Pearl Harbor, an alliance of the American government, American industry, and the American military community was already close to complete preparedness. The real story of America’s preparations for World War II had begun in mid-November 1938.The Forge was previously published as How America Saved the World.



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