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Porch, Douglas

Works: 44 works in 280 publications in 3 languages and 8,372 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Other
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Most widely held works by Douglas Porch
The French Foreign Legion : a complete history of the legendary fighting force by Douglas Porch( Book )

38 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in English and French and held by 1,429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No other military force in the last century and a half has captured the popular imagination to such a degree or has been so surrounded by romance, legend, and mystery as the French Foreign Legion. This book is the most complete and balanced history of the Legion ever written
The path to victory : the Mediterranean Theater in World War II by Douglas Porch( Book )

8 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: The Mediterranean theater in World War II has long been overlooked by those who believe it was little more than a string of small-scale battles-sideshows that were of minor importance in a war whose outcome was decided in the clashes of mammoth tank armies in northern Europe. But in this groundbreaking new book, one of our finest military historians argues that the Mediterranean was, in fact, World War II's pivotal theater. In The Path to Victory, Porch examines the Mediterranean as an integrated arena, one in which events in Syria and Suez influenced the survival of Gibraltar. Churchill's controversial decision in 1940 to contest the Axis in the Mediterranean, followed by Roosevelt's insistence two years later that his service chiefs undergo a Mediterranean initiation, laid the foundation for Allied victory in Europe. Although conventional wisdom argues that Hitler could not have won World War II in the Mediterranean, Porch believes that the Allies might well have lost had they not elected to fight there. Decisions made in this theater matured the Western Alliance, seriously damaged and dispersed the formidable Axis military machine, and forged the combined Anglo-American effort that was to be unstoppable when transferred to Northern Europe in June 1944. The Middle Sea constituted a strategic piece of a global war: it was a passage that linked far-flung theaters; protected scarce Allied shipping; became an essential conduit for lend-lease aid to the USSR; offered France a testing ground for its rehabilitation as a military power; and provided an entry point into southern Germany for two Allied armies. Without a Mediterranean alternative, the Western Allies would probably have committed to a premature cross-Channel invasion in 1943 that might well have cost them the war. Brilliantly argued, and with vivid portraits of Churchill, Montgomery, FDR, Rommel, and Mussolini, this original, accessible, and compelling account of a little-known theater emphasizes the importance of the Mediterranean in the ultimate Allied victory in Europe during World War II
The conquest of Morocco by Douglas Porch( Book )

33 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in English and held by 1,067 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the turn of the century, the African country closest to Europe geographically was probably the least known. Morocco was a nation yet to emerge from the Middle Aged, violent and primitive, a place ruled by local warlords out of mud castles, and swept by religious fanaticism. To strike out from Tangiers was to enter a time capsule- emperors, slaves, harems, fortified towns, filth, superstition, blood feuds, and barbarism. Yet in the mad scramble for African colonies, backward and poverty-stricken Morocco had one great attraction: it was available. In 1903, with the posting to Africa of one of the oddest of all French military figures, General Hubert Lyautey, France undertook to change this state of affairs, and by the time World War I broke out the conquest was virtually complete. This book tells the story of France's last great colonial adventure
The conquest of the Sahara by Douglas Porch( Book )

29 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 1,051 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[This book] tells the story of France's struggle to explore and dominate the great African desert at the turn of the century. Focusing on the conquest of the Ahaggar Tuareg, [the author] describes the exploits ... of the desert's explorers and conquerors. -Back cover
Wars of empire by Douglas Porch( Book )

25 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an overview of wars of Empire, and the reasons behind the rise and fall of the great empires of the nineteenth century
The French secret services : from the Dreyfus Affair to the Gulf War by Douglas Porch( Book )

23 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text tells the story of France's spy networks from the Dreyfus Affair to the Rainbow Warrior. Douglas Porch's narrative discusses diplomatic and military intelligence as well as covert operations and industrial espionage. He questions the effectiveness of the French Resistance during World War II, and tells of opium-smuggling in Indo-China and torture in Algeria. It analyzes the role which the French secret services continue to play in France's political life today, and is intended for students from undergraduate level upwards of European/French history, and those with an interest in intelligence and espionage. CISAC READING LIST
Army and revolution; France 1815-1848 by Douglas Porch( Book )

11 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bogens overskrifter: The 1823 reserve mobilization and the 1824 law; The Restoration army 1824-1830; 1830; Casimir Perier and the politics of stability; The Soult law; L'Arme Savante: Repúblicanism in the artillery; The Droits de l'Homme; Luneville, 1834; Professional revolutionaries and secret societies, 1835-1837; Strasbourg, 1836; Conclusion. Bilagsmateriale: Oversigt over franske krigsministre, 1815-1848; Franske regimenter rapporteret for rebuplikansk aktivitte, 1830-1844; Franske garnisoner og garnisonsbyer; Franske soldater og officeret rapporteret til krigsministeriet - eller arresteret for - republikansk aktivitet 1830-1848; Fransk militærlovgivning m.v
The march to the Marne : the French army, 1871-1914 by Douglas Porch( Book )

17 editions published between 1981 and 2003 in English and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The relationship between the French army and the regime provides one of the central themes in the history of the Third Republic. From its foundation in 1870, the republic sought to integrate the army of Louis-Napoleon into a left-leaning, democratic political system. This experiment failed, historians have argued, because the social origins, political attitudes and professional values of the officer corps sabotaged cooperation with the republic. The nation paid a bloody price for this failure on the battlefields of the Great War. Dr Porch's book challenges many standard assumptions about the place of the army in French political life between 1871 and 1914. The events of the 'Dreyfus years' are examined from the army's standpoint. Dr Porch examines the impact of the Dreyfus affair on the crucial tactical and armaments debates of the immediate pre-war years, tracing the origins of the costly 'spirit of the offensive' while providing the answer to the French army's near disastrous failure to the development of the colonial army and its place within the military structure is also assessed for the first time
The Portuguese armed forces and the revolution by Douglas Porch( Book )

15 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Counterinsurgency : exposing the myths of the new way of war by Douglas Porch( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Counterinsurgency has staked its claim in the new century as the new American way of war. Yet, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have revived a historical debate about the costs - monetary, political and moral - of operations designed to eliminate insurgents and build nations. Today's counterinsurgency proponents point to 'small wars' past to support their view that the enemy is 'biddable' if the correct tactical formulas are applied. Douglas Porch's sweeping history of counterinsurgency campaigns carried out by the three 'providential nations' of France, Britain and the United States, ranging from nineteenth-century colonial conquests to General Petraeus's 'Surge' in Iraq, challenges the contemporary mythologising of counterinsurgency as a humane way of war. The reality, he reveals, is that 'hearts and minds' has never been a recipe for lasting stability and that past counterinsurgency campaigns have succeeded not through state-building but by shattering and dividing societies while unsettling civil-military relations
Hitler's Mediterranean gamble by Douglas Porch( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Det er forfatterens påstand, at kontrollen over Middelhavsregionen var en afgørende faktor i nedkæmpelsen af Hitlertyskland i Europa. Bogen indeholder en beskrivelse af alle aspekter i krigen i denne region, fra det italienske angreb på Grækenland i 1940, kampene i Nordafrika til de allieredes endelige gennembrud i Po-dalen. Desuden dækker bogen også borgerkrigen i Jugoslavien, Churchill's præventive angreb på Irak og den konstante trussel om et arabisk oprør i Palæstina
Histoire des services secrets français by Douglas Porch( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in French and English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reprend toutes les affaires de la Ve République (l'affaire des fuites et du SAC, l'enlèvement de Ben Barka, le sabotage du Rainbow Warrior ...), en soulignant les dysfonctionnements du système
Histoire des services secrets français by Douglas Porch( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in French and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ce volume s'intéresse à l'apparition des méthodes nouvelles (cryptographie, pigeons voyageurs ...), pendant la Grande Guerre, puis aux rivalités entre SDECE, DST et Renseignement militaire, trois réseaux issus de la Seconde Guerre mondiale
The French Foreign Legion a complete history. 1991 by Douglas Porch( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Dreyfus Affair to the Gulf War by Douglas Porch( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unrest and reform in the French army, 1823-1848 by Douglas Porch( Book )

2 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La Guerre d'Algérie by Douglas Porch( )

2 editions published in 1997 in French and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

French intelligence and the fall of France, 1930-1940 by Douglas Porch( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surprise and Intelligence Failure( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surprise is as old as warfare itself. The frequency of its occurrence in history, however, offers neither adequate warning nor consolation, especially when its effects can be so devastating. The events of September 11, 2001 proved especially shocking both because they were so destructive and because they were so unexpected. Yet, both the fact that the attack occurred and even the form it took should not have taken the United States completely unawares. Familiarity with terrorist methods, repeated attacks against U.S. facilities overseas, combined with indications that the continental United States was at the top of the terrorist target list might have alerted us that we were in peril of a significant attack. And yet, for reasons those who study intelligence failure will find familiar, 9/11 fits very much into the norm of surprise caused by a breakdown of intelligence warning. The 9/11 attack on the Trade Towers has often been compared to that of the Japanese against Pearl Harbor as another infamous case of intelligence failure. On both occasions, there was ample evidence that the enemy might be pushed to undertake a desperate act. But the signs leading up to 9/11 were ignored for at least three of the same reasons that the Japanese were able to catch the U.S. Pacific fleet at anchor on the morning of 7 December, 1941 -- good intelligence indicators lost in the "noise" of disinformation; a belief that the enemy lacked the technical capacity to undertake the action; finally, mirror imaging, the assumption on the part of the intelligence "consumer" that the action undertaken was unlikely because it was "illogical." It is now obvious that the inability of the CIA and the FBI to communicate at least contributed to the failure to detect the 9/11 attacks, as the failure of army and naval intelligence to cooperate aided the Pearl Harbor debacle
Decolonization and military revolt: the French and Portuguese experience compared by Douglas Porch( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The path to victory : the Mediterranean Theater in World War II
The path to victory : the Mediterranean Theater in World War IIThe conquest of MoroccoThe conquest of the SaharaWars of empireThe French secret services : from the Dreyfus Affair to the Gulf WarThe march to the Marne : the French army, 1871-1914Hitler's Mediterranean gambleFrom the Dreyfus Affair to the Gulf War
Alternative Names
Douglas Porch American military historian

Douglas Porch Amerikaans historicus

Douglas Porch historiador estadounidense

Porch, Douglas 1944-

Porch, Ralph Douglas.

Porch Ralph Douglas 1944-....

포치, 더글러스 1944-

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