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Spring 2018-2019
* POL 332 (HA)   na, npdf

Topics in American Statesmanship - The General as Statesman: Allied Leadership and Operation Overlord

Kevin J. Weddle

Invasion! On June 6, 1944, British, Canadian, and American soldiers stormed the beaches of Nazi-occupied France. Operation Overlord, the largest and most complex military operation in history, was the culmination of over two years of intense and sometimes bitter negotiations between senior leaders from the United States and Great Britain. This course explores the statesmanship of the key military leaders as they developed a war-winning military strategy. We will examine these generals through the multiple lenses of diplomacy, strategy formulation, senior-level leadership, civil-military relations, and the conduct of military operations.

Sample reading list:
Andrew Roberts, Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War
Williamson Murray and Allen R. Millett, A War to Be Won: Fighting the Second World War
Antony Beevor, D-Day: The Battle for Normandy
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
1) Pages per week: Averages approximately 110 pages per week 2) Paper exams, etc: oral presentation, one book review, one analytical paper, an oral presentation, and a take-home final exam

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 15%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Term Paper(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:

Other information:
The course will include an optional Normandy staff ride for selected students (capped at 14) during the 2019 Spring Break. Students who successfully complete this trip will receive constructive credit for the oral presentation requirement. The course will include an experiential learning event consisting of a matrix game during which students will develop a strategy using all elements of national power to achieve a national policy objective.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41316 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm M W   Louis A. Simpson International   A71   Enrolled:44 Limit:45
42884 P01 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm W   Fisher Hall   200   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed
42885 P02 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Robertson Hall   006   Enrolled:14 Limit:15
42886 P03 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm W   East Pyne Building   233   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed
41317 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled