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The Third World War - The Untold Story (Anglais) Broché – 1 juillet 1983


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  • Broché: 496 pages
  • Editeur : New English Library Ltd; Édition : New edition (1 juillet 1983)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0450055914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0450055911
  • Dimensions du produit: 17,3 x 11,2 x 3,8 cm
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C'est sous la plume d'un officier supérieure britannique que cet ouvrage a vu le jour, une de ces tentatives de décrire ce que serait une troisième guerre mondiale entre le pacte de Varsovie et l'Otan. C'est bien entendu un point de vue OTAN qui est adopté, même si ce volume veut justement ouvrir l'univers décrit dans le premier tome à d'autres points de vue et couvrir les conflits périphériques à la bataille principale qui se joue sur le front européen. Il est à noter qu'il fut l'une des inspiration de Max Brooks pour son désormais célèbre World War Z...
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Improvement Over the Original 28 septembre 2008
Par Johnnie B. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Third World War: The Untold Story is a follow on to General Hackett's World War III, August 1985. Its presented as an expansion on the original by looking at some more secondary areas of conflict and by the hypothetical release of classified information. Instead of delving almost exclusively on the fighting in Europe as in the original book, Hackett explores what would transpire in other parts of the globe during his World War III such as Asia and Central America.

From a readability standpoint, I find it light years better than his first book on this topic. In the original, he makes very heavy use of NATO acronyms. If you dont know what these mean, the story bogs down into a messy alphabet soup. While Hackett still makes heavy use of the acronyms, he gives them a bit more of a human flavor. So CINCNorth becomes a 52 year old Norwegian general instead of just CINCNorth. He also uses the adventures of a Soviet Infantry Lieutenant to follow the battle in Europe. Things like this make the story much easier to follow.

I took away one star for two reasons. First off, the acronym thing is still a problem, just less so. If you dont know NATO lingo, youre gonna spend an awful lot of time looking up what the author means when he refers to SACEUR, AFCENT, AFNORTH, etc. The next problem I have is the chain of events in Europe collapses once NATO counterattacks. Before this point, Hackett goes into significant detail regarding Warsaw Pact forces taking such and such city or crossing certain international borders. Once the Communists are on the run, that all disappears. There are vague mentions of "retaking West German territory" and hints at NATO forces crossing into East Germany, but no detail.

There is another issue with this and the previous book. It is very British-centric and mildly conceited. British land forces are presented as the absolute best and the lynch pin of success. The German Army gets kudos as does the Dutch Army. All other NATO armies are presented as mediocre. The US Navy and Air Force make a good showing, but do so primarily through actions and not the author stating they are of high quality. When presenting conflicts outside of Mainland Europe, the author's patience seems to be very much tied to how vital the area is to the defense of the UK. Fighting in Scandinavia is presented in a very positive manner. Same with operations in the Middle East. Hackett gets harshly critical about activities in South America and makes snide comments about activities in Korea. I suppose this is expected. The author is a long serving British Army officer so such a vantage point makes some sense. Also, his opinions on the various NATO military forces were fairly (though not completely) appropriate for the late 70s-early 80s time frame when this and his previous book were published. I didnt factor these criticisms into my overall rating given there is a modicum of reason to them. Just understand these issues exist.

If you want a look at a hypothetical World War II fought between NATO and the USSR/Warsaw Pact, this is almost certainly the best book on the market.
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Slightly disappointing in retrospect 19 juin 2000
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General Sir John Hackett and his collaborators have attempted, back in 1978, to portray what a war between the Soviet Union and NATO might have looked like if it had taken place in August, 1985. They got a few prognostications right, such as the potential implosion of Yugoslavia; the technological superiority of the West, thanks to commercially competitive business working in concert with the military industrial complex; the lack of cohesion behind Soviet-communist ideals and aggression at the popular level in Warsaw Pact countries; and the strategic importance, but relative weakness of the Middle Eastern powers.
The storyline is interesting enough, especially to the modern reader who knows that none of this actually happened, nor is likely to at this point. However, much of the telling of the story is fraught with repetition, especially for points of politico-military pertinence at the time of its writing. In addition, it doesn't make for a very entertaining read, despite its attempt to enthrall the reader with stark possiblities.
Perhaps Tom Clancy has spoiled us, but I tried to take the book for what it was when written--a prophecy. I guess the transparent political aim of the book (to scare NATO into serious revisions of its defense doctrines in place at the time of writing) overtook its value as a work of literature.
Probably this one is for the military historian more than the student of modern global relations.
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Applying hindsight to Cold War confrontation in Europe 19 août 2013
Par Anton Calleia - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is a sequel to "The Tird World War" and both volumes are fiction. But they provide an insight into the mindset of NATO military leaders at the time.
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Other fronts of WWIII 25 janvier 2008
Par James D. Crabtree - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book looks at areas of interest other than the primary front: West Germany. An interesting book but it never quite meets the same level as the first book.
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Poor follow up of "The Third World War" 5 octobre 2001
Par Robert Walters - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is the follow up book written after "The Third World War". It has less combat action and more Geopolitics than the first book. Acctually, the book is about 95% politics.
Before you start reading it get out your best world map, as the author is constantly talking about important towns and cities that are so small most altas's don't show them, so you can never figure out exactly where the Russians are advanceing to and from.
If you are into politics of the cold war, this is the book for you, if you want action, don't waist your time.
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