Men Against Fire: The Problem of Battle Command
S.L.A. "Slam" Marshall was a veteran of World War I and a combat historian during World War II. He startled the military and civilian world in 1947 by announcing that, in an average infantry company, no more than one in four soldiers actually fired their weapons while in contact with the enemy. His contention was based on interviews he conducted immediately after combat in both the European and Pacific theaters of World War II.
To remedy the gunfire imbalance he proposed changes to infantry training designed to ensure that American soldiers in future wars brought more fire upon the enemy. His studies during the Korean War showed that the ratio of fire and more than doubled since World War II.
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Review: Men Against Fire: The Problem of Battle Command in Future WarUser Review - Charles - Goodreads
In spite of the discredited data, giving it four stars because of the impact this book has had on training and leadership. Read full review
Review: Men Against Fire: The Problem of Battle Command in Future WarUser Review - Allen - Goodreads
Bogus statistics, however, Marshall was the first to conclude that in combat, soldiers fight for each other and not for patriotic causes. Read full review
INTRODUCTION by Russell W Glenn
THE ILLUSION OF POWER
ON FUTURE WAR
MAN ON THE BATTLEFIELD
RATIO OF FIRE
FIRE AS THE CURE
THE MULTIPLES OF INFORMATION