Fuller, John Frederick Charles

Fuller, John Frederick Charles, 1878–1966, British soldier. In World War I, he recognized the importance of mechanized warfare and, as general staff officer of the tank corps, planned the stunning tank attack at Cambrai in 1917 (see tank, military). His ideas, expressed in Tanks in the Great War (1920), On Future Warfare (1928), and other works, had a great effect on military thinking on the Continent. His military analysis extended far beyond championship of armored warfare, and he established himself as one of the leading military commentators of the day. He retired from the army in 1933 but was active as an analyst in World War II. Among his other works are Foundations of the Science of War (1926), The Generalship of Ulysses S. Grant (2d ed. 1958), The Dragon's Teeth (1932), War and Western Civilization (1932), The Second World War (rev. ed. 1968), and A Military History of the Western World (3 vol., 1954–56).

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