This is a book full of heroes. Due credit is given to Ernie Bevin, Dean Acheson and the like, but Howley takes the starring role. Milton dug long and deep in Howley’s private papers at the US Army War College’s archives in Pennsylvania and has spun a good yarn about a gifted man who followed his gut. More than that, he has demonstrated to military historians everywhere that wars, hot, cold and hybrid, are won and lost by logistics. Wherever a big war breaks out next — a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, perhaps, or yet another Russian misadventure — the lessons learnt in Berlin won’t have lost their relevance.