Men Against Fire: The Problem of Battle Command

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2000 - History - 215 pages
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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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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

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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

Contents

INTRODUCTION by Russell W Glenn
1
AUTHORS NOTE
9
THE ILLUSION OF POWER
15
ON FUTURE WAR
27
MAN ON THE BATTLEFIELD
36
COMBAT ISOLATION
44
RATIO OF FIRE
50
FIRE AS THE CURE
64
THE RIDDLE OF COMMAND
100
TACTICAL COHESION
123
WHY MEN FIGHT
138
THE AGGRESSIVE WILL
157
MEN UNDER FIRE
179
FOOTNOTE TO HISTORY
203
NOTES TO THE INTRODUCTION
212
INDEX
214

THE MULTIPLES OF INFORMATION
85

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Brigadier General S. L. A. Marshall (1900-1977) was an accomplished journalist, war correspondent, & historian. One of the preeminent American military writers of our time, he wrote more than thirty books.

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