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Instilling Aggressiveness: US Advisors and Greek Combat Leadership in the Greek Civil War 1947-1949

Instilling Aggressiveness: US Advisors and Greek Combat Leadership in the Greek Civil War 1947-1949 published on

Authored by U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

In March 1947, the United States established an economic and military assistance program to bolster the nationalist Greek government against a communist insurgency. The Greek government suffered from a collapsed economy, deep social divisions, and an inability to defeat the insurgents in battle. The Joint US Military Advisory and Planning Group provided operational advice to the Greek National Army that improved the nationalists’ aggressiveness, tactics, battlefield management, and logistics. The advisors used training, mentorship, directive control, and disciplinary action to affect the nationalists’ combat leadership. The improved leadership led to more effective combat operations against the communists. These operations pressured the insurgency, which had alienated Yugoslavia and committed to fighting with conventional tactics. These two insurgent errors, the massive economic and military aid program, and the improved nationalist combat performance resulted in a decisive victory in August 1949. The study provides insight into how advisors can affect a military’s leadership.

Publication Date:
Jul 12 2014
ISBN/EAN13:
1500500186 / 9781500500184
Page Count:
126
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6″ x 9″
Language:
English
Color:
Black and White
Related Categories:
History / Europe / Greece

14.95

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