Maneuver Warfare Handbook

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Westview Press, Aug 1, 1985 - History - 152 pages
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Maneuver warfare, often controversial and requiring operational and tactical innovation, poses perhaps the most important doctrinal questions currently facing the conventional military forces of the U.S. Its purpose is to defeat the enemy by disrupting the opponentOCOs ability to react, rather than by physical destruction of forces. This book develops and explains the theory of maneuver warfare and offers specific tactical, operational, and organizational recommendations for improving ground combat forces. The authors translate concepts?too often vaguely stated by manuever warfare advocates?into concrete doctrine. Although the book uses the Marine Corps as a model, the concepts, tactics, and doctrine discussed apply to any ground combat force."

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User Review  - Ma Rek - Goodreads

Useful if you are at least squadleader, for average tommy its a little to complicated. Read full review

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User Review  - Krishnan Rgp - Goodreads

Recommended. Sheds light on need of d hr requirements in d organisation. Amply clarifies some commonly used terms for d benefit of young warriors. Read full review

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The Theory of Maneuver Warfare
Tactics and Operations
Techniques and Organization
Amphibious Operations
Education and Training
Surfaces and Gaps
Mission Tactics
The Main Effort
The Concept of the Objective
The Concept of the Reserve

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William S. Lind was assistant for military affairs to U.S. Senator Gary Hart.

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