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"A remarkable guide to nature's effects on the conduct of military operations... Accessible to the layman but still of considerable utility for the expert, this book belongs on the shelf of any serious student of military affairs."

"This work... underscores the importance of weather, terrain, and soil type on military operations... An intriguing perspective that goes beyond instructing plebes to engaging recreational readers of military affairs."

" Military geographer Winters and his contributors use specific case studies to illustrate the importance in military operations of five elements of physical geography: weather, climate, terrain, soil, and vegetation. The range is impressive and the examples are well chosen... These case studies will usefully expand the limited sense of military geography possessed by most readers of military history."

"An excellent book and an important addition to the library of serious students of the military art... Well written, educational, multidisciplinary, and interesting."