chapter  2
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The Burma Campaign

Just as logistical factors determine whether or not a warring state will be able to bring its material advantages into play, logistics determines whether or not a general will be able to bring his strategic wisdom into playas well. The campaigns for Burma in the Second World War illustrate this principle. Both the Allies and their Japanese enemies faced extreme logistical hardships in this theatre of operations, but thanks to the large-scale use of aerial transportation, the Allied commanders were able to fight in their chosen manner. This is more than an example of the fact that it is better to have supplies than not to have them. The Allied advantage lay, not simply in having greater quantities of useful resources, but in having the flexibility to deploy those resources in a more effective fashion.