In detailing the campaign of these Riviera-based armies, the authors have concentrated on the operational level of war, paying special atten tion to the problems of joint, combined, and special operations and to the significant roles of logistics, intelligence, and personnel policies in these endeavors. They have also examined in detail deception efforts at the tactical and operational levels, deep battle penetrations, river-cross ing efforts, combat in built-up areas, and tactical innovations at the combined arms level. Such concepts are of course very familiar to today's military stu dents, and the fact that this volume examines them in such detail makes this study especially valuable to younger officers and noncom missioned officers. In truth, the challenges faced by military command ers half a century ago were hardly unique. That is why I particularly urge today's military students, who might well face some of these same problems in future combat, to study this campaign so that they might learn from their illustrious predecessors in the profession of arms.