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    The intro from the book:

    This book treats of the tactics of small units as illustrated by examples drawn from the World War. It checks the ideas acquired from peacetime instruction against the experience of battle.

    There is much evidence to show that officers who have received the best peacetime training available find themselves surprised and confused by the difference between conditions as pictured in map problems and those they encounter in campaign. This is largely because our peacetime training in tactics tends to become increasingly theoretical. In our schools we generally assume that organizations are well-trained and at full strength, that subordinates are competent, that supply arrangements function, that communications work, that orders are carried out. In war many or all of these conditions may be absent. The veteran knows that this is normal and his mental processes are not paralyzed by it. He knows that he must carry on in spite of seemingly insurmountable difficulties and regardless of the fact that the tools with which he has to work may be imperfect and worn. Moreover, he knows how to go about it. This volume is designed to give the peace-trained officer something of the viewpoint of the veteran.

    By the use of numerous historical examples, the reader is acquainted with the realities of war and the extremely difficult and highly disconcerting conditions under which tactical problems must be solved in the face of an enemy. In so far as there was material available, these examples pertain to American troops and have been drawn from the personal experience monographs on file at The Infantry School. The combat experience of other armies, however, has been utilized to supplement that of our own.

    This work does not purport to be a complete treatise on minor tactics of infantry. The aim of its authors has been to develop fully and emphasize a few important lessons which can be substantiated by concrete cases rather than to produce just another book of abstract theory.

    GEORGE C. MARSHALL,
    Colonel, Infantry.
    May 1, 1934.

    This is a very interesting book…the American equivalent to Rommel's Infantry Attacks. I particularly like it for two reasons: the small unit real-life stories of World War One ("the world war", since there had only been one when it was written) and the maxims that start every chapter.
    • Resolute action by a few determined men is often decisive.
    • Infantry commanders of all grades are responsible for continuous reconnaissance.
    • Machine guns affect the outcome of battle by fire power alone. Guns that have not fired have not attacked, no matter how many times they have been placed in position.
    • The test of control is the ability of the leader to obtain the desired reaction from his command.
    • In the absence of definite information small infantry units must be guided by their mission and by the terrain.
    • Combat situations cannot be solved by rule.

    There are many more. I recommend this book strongly!

    Entire text is available here in html: http://www-cgsc.army.mil/carl/resour...ji/iib_iji.asp
    Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
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    Thanks Jeff this is one for our re-enactment group as well
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    • #3
      Originally posted by BarcelonaBlom View Post
      Thanks Jeff this is one for our re-enactment group as well
      You're welcome, BB. Glad it will help.
      Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
      Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


      "Never pet a burning dog."

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      http://www.sca.org
      http://www.scv.org/
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      • #4
        Thanks, always a good read.
        Those that forget history are condemed to repeat it.
        If you're going to be one you might as well be a BIG RED ONE

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Dallas View Post
          Thanks, always a good read.
          Yep...I have a copy at my desk at work and one in the library at home.
          Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
          Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


          "Never pet a burning dog."

          RECOMMENDED WEBSITES:
          http://www.mormon.org
          http://www.sca.org
          http://www.scv.org/
          http://www.scouting.org/

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          • #6
            Thanks for this. A good insight into training and tactics.

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