H-War Content

Re: Griffin on Westad, 'The Cold War: A World History'

Could not resist Ralph but, would suggest the Cold War was not a blanket over the entire historical era; rather, there were nuances, as you characterize with differing periods within this era.
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'But the Cold War warped our thinking in one crucial respect. Wyatt, you cited "communism," as if it were something monolithic. It was not, and a more nuanced understanding of our Cold War enemies might have kept us from making avoidable foreign policy errors. Like the Vietnam War.'

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Re: #AirWarVietnam – Contested Skies: A Brief Guide to the Historiography of the Air War in Vietnam

In regard to comparative expenditures of nations in Viet Nam, one has to consider not calculated dollar amounts, but internal costs related to GDP. Example- one might say AK-47 cost $50 while an M-16 cost $150, but the cost to Russia or China of an AK-47 in terms of their own economy was at least as high. This then applies to the tanks, trucks, SAMs, AA guns, oceans of fuel, uniforms, medical supplies, etc, etc. The strain on the Russian economy was certainly higher than it was on America's. And that cost to Russia continued for the ten years of support after the war ended.

Re: #AirWarVietnam – Contested Skies: A Brief Guide to the Historiography of the Air War in Vietnam

All the American intelligence estimates show Chinese and Soviet spending on support for North Vietnam a small fraction, repeat small fraction, of American spending on support for South Vietnam. I am a bit suspicious of the figures on Chinese spending between 1965 and 1969, but even if I assume Chinese spending in those years was substantially higher than showed in the US intelligence estimates, I can't see any way to get the total Chinese and Soviet spending up to half the level of American spending.

Re: #AirWarVietnam – Contested Skies: A Brief Guide to the Historiography of the Air War in Vietnam

I have a question for Walter McIntosh regarding the contaminated jet fuel. I had not heard of its use as described. Was it sprayed or dumped in containers over tunnel complexes and then bombed (presumably to set it afire)? Why would that be preferred to napalm? It seems much less effective, and also a good way to upset the supply officer who might want to reclaim the fuel.

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H-War Book Reviews

Author: 
Neil Guthrie
Reviewer: 
Máire MacNeill

MacNeill on Guthrie, 'The Material Culture of the Jacobites'

Neil Guthrie. The Material Culture of the Jacobites. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. xviii + 268 pp. $108.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-107-04133-2.

Reviewed by Máire MacNeill (Independent Scholar) Published on H-War (May, 2019) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air University)

Printable Version: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=53202

Author: 
Claire Makepeace
Reviewer: 
Jean-Michel Turcotte

Turcotte on Makepeace, 'Captives of War: British Prisoners of War in Europe in the Second World War'

Claire Makepeace. Captives of War: British Prisoners of War in Europe in the Second World War. Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare Series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 304 pp. $39.99 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-107-14587-0.

Reviewed by Jean-Michel Turcotte (Free University of Berlin) Published on H-War (May, 2019) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air University)

Author: 
Clive Emsley
Reviewer: 
Max Felker-Kantor

Felker-Kantor on Emsley, 'Exporting British Policing during the Second World War: Policing Soldiers and Civilians'

Clive Emsley. Exporting British Policing during the Second World War: Policing Soldiers and Civilians. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017. 272 pp. $120.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-350-02501-1.

Reviewed by Max Felker-Kantor (Ball State University) Published on H-War (May, 2019) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air University)

Printable Version: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=53320

Author: 
Kevin J. A, Thomas
Reviewer: 
Kathleen Alfin

Alfin on Thomas, 'Contract Workers, Risk, and the War in Iraq: Sierra Leonean Labor Migrants at US Military Bases'

Kevin J. A, Thomas. Contract Workers, Risk, and the War in Iraq: Sierra Leonean Labor Migrants at US Military Bases. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017. 256 pp. $34.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-7735-5123-7.

Reviewed by Kathleen Alfin (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Published on H-War (May, 2019) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air University)

Author: 
Clement Guitton
Reviewer: 
Nicholas Sambaluk

Sambaluk on Guitton, 'Inside the Enemy's Computer: Identifying Cyber-Attackers'

Clement Guitton. Inside the Enemy's Computer: Identifying Cyber-Attackers. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. 320 pp. $34.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-19-069999-4.

Reviewed by Nicholas Sambaluk (Air University) Published on H-War (May, 2019) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air University)