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Tactics of the Crescent Moon: Militant Muslim Combat Methods Paperback – November 5, 2004
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"[T]he insurgency's ... mid-level leaders ... [are] from al-Qaeda, the Lebanese Shiite ... Hezbollah, and ... Iran's Revolutionary Guards, said the author." -- Newhouse News Service, 12 November 2004
"[This book] ... is a comprehensive interpretation of Muslim extremists' tactics, theory, and thinking." -- North County Times (San Diego), 28 November 2004
"Have become addicted to ... Poole's savvy books on how to beat the enemy, written for ... grunt at the bayonet level (author of 'About Face')." -- Col. David H. Hackworth U.S. Army (Ret.), September 2004
"John Poole has ... captured the nature of the new threat and ... produced a required read for our troopers' packs (former head of CENTCOM)." -- Gen. Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Ret.), November 2004
"This book grasps Fourth Generation war against Islamic opponents far better than anything coming out of TRADOC or Quantico (father of 4th-Generation Warfare theory)." -- William S. Lind, September 2004
"Poole ... [says] bombarding cities ... almost always backfires, because embittered civilians provide more cover to guerrillas and terrorists." -- Atlantic Monthly, April 2005
"[F]ull of valuable pointers of how our high-tech military could outwit a low-tech enemy.... [S]hould be required reading for every serviceman or woman headed to Iraq or the Mideast." -- El Paso Times, 14 August 2005
"Whether you are a security officer in Washington, D.C., a first responder in London, or a soldier in Kabul, 'Tactics of the Crescent Moon' provides valuable knowledge." -- The Counter Terrorist, January 2009
"Poole's well-titled 'Tactics of the Crescent Moon' offers an absorbing ... analytic study of ... Islamic guerrilla tactics (former Head of History & Museums Division, HQMC)." -- B.Gen. Edwin H. Simmons USMC (Ret.), September 2004
"'Tactics of the Crescent Moon' comes none too soon for deployed U.S. military personnel.... It shows ... how Muslim militants fight at short range." -- Camp Lejeune Globe, 9 December 2004
"[D]etailed ... look at the combat techniques of Muslim fighters in Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iran, and Chechnya.... [S]olid treatise on [the] enemy." -- Mil. Officers Assn. of America (MOAA) Magazine, Professional Reading List entry, 2008
"One of the most innovative and practical modern writers on military tactics.... For those who want to learn, 'Tactics of the Crescent Moon' is an invaluable resource." -- Washington Dispatch, November 2004
"Once again, John Poole proves himself to be on the leading edge of military writers and researchers with this book." --Maj.Gen. Ray L. Smith USMC (Ret.), 2004
"Posterity Press has published books on counterinsurgent tactics." --Chicago Tribune, 6 June 2005
"'U.S. forces have depended more on firepower than surprise,' Poole writes. 'They can no longer move unnoted along the ground.'" -- Savannah Morning News, 6 February 2005
"Book has 12 chapters,... 'How Islamic Guerrillas Are Trained' [is one of them]." --Newport News Daily Press, 12 December 2004
"John Poole has ... hit a home run.... [I]f we ... adapt our training and operations ..., we can still prevail (publisher emeritus of Presidio Press)." --Col. Robert V. Kane U.S. Army (Ret.), October 2004
"'Tactics of the Crescent Moon' helps us understand the threat of terrorism and what must be done to defeat it (former commander of 1st Marine Division)." --Maj.Gen. John H. Admire USMC (Ret.), November 2004
"To handle fourth-generation warfare at the tactical level,... recommend Poole and Ray Smith's October 2004 book, 'Tactics of the Crescent Moon'." --Inside the Pentagon, December 2004
"The depth of research is absolutely amazing which makes this dissertation a MUST READ.... This book is a revealing insight into the Muslim mind (frigate commander at the Battle of Leyte Gulf)." --Vice Adm. Thomas R. Sargent USCG (Ret.), 2004
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Since retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1993, Poole has has traveled extensively in the Communist and Islamist worlds and written eight other U.S. tactics manual supplements. He has also conducted multiday training sessions for 39 U.S. battalions, 9 schools, and 7 special operations units. As most U.S. intelligence personnel know too little about the Eastern thought process and evolution of squad tactics, these supplements also provide currently deployed GIs with a rare glimpse into their enemy's mind.
Since 2000, Poole has gone to Mainland China (twice), its hermit neighbor, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Russia, India, Pakistan, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Sudan, and Tanzania. Over the course of his lifetime, he has been to the following Caribbean nations: Bahamas, Turks & Cacos, Caymans, Haiti, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Martin, Antigua, Guadaloupe, Martinique, St. Lucia, Barbados, Trinidad, and Aruba. He has lived in Mexico and Panama and revisited both places on several occasions. He has also been through every other Central American country except Belize. As for South America, he has traveled within the last year to Venezuela, and previously throughout Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia.
Between early tours in the Marine Corps (from 1969 to 1971), Poole worked as a criminal investigator for the Illinois Bureau of Investigation (IBI). After attending the State Police Academy for several months in Springfield, he was assigned to the IBI's Chicago office.
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The history is priceless dating back to influences of the Samarai and how it came to bring the original Middle Eastern assassins, and how today's suicide bombers are like those in the past, only they have explosives instead of knives, and do not need as much skill.
John Poole had spent close to 30 years in the Marine Corps leading men as both a gunnery sergeant (when enlisted) and a Lt Colonel (when commissioned). He saw Vietnam first hand, and left feeling that he could have done more for the men he'd led. Although the officers that are in charge of teaching battle field skills are not fast to accept his methods the men on the ground who deal with the enemies in the streets of Iraqi cities know he is right.
- Not a Middle East History tome;
- Not a guide to recent terror operations;
- Not a tactical discussion; and
- Not an approach to military reform.
No, it is not any one of the above - it combines all these into a coherent, concise guide to anyone interested in understanding our military problems in the Middle East.
Section one discusses Muslim military campaigns from Gallipoli during WWI to Israel's expulsion from Lebanon by the Hezbollah. Section two examines the different Muslim militant groups. Section three provides one of the first coherent looks at Muslim militant groups' training and tactical techniques - and tactical approaches to defeating them.
Certain themes, appearing in other works by Poole, as well as in "Tactics...", compare and contrast U.S. military traits and capabilities to our Muslim opponents', to include the following:
"Us" - doctrinally driven, top-down training environment; versus
"them" - bottom-up, experimentally driven.
"Us" - squads depend on artillery fire to advance; versus
"them" - primary groups that can move unnoticed.
"Us" - occuppies ground; versus
"them" - consolidates regions.
"Us" - training instructors stick to standardized procedures; versus "them' - training techniques developed through experience.
"Us" - enhance control by standardizing tactical procedures; versus "them" - disseminating battle-tested techniques for refinement through practice.Read more ›
This book is great for privates, sergeants, lieutenants, and captains. I don't know if the advice will be taken if it's read at the level of battalion or above. That is where the "rubber no longer meets the road". The staff disconnect from the soldiers begins.
For all war fighters this book is a must read. All ROTC departments, Marine, and Army infantry should have this book as required reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting. All sources appear to be periodicals. I tend to wonder if periodicals might get a tad fanciful, but I'm glad to have this one on my shelves. Read morePublished 11 days ago by W. W. Turnbow
Very important. Brings the truth of these much covered but inadequately explained wars to life. We need more of these books like those from the Vietnam war . Highly recommend!Published 3 months ago by larry lisle
Again, a great reference book, to have on the shelf. I have the collectionPublished 4 months ago by Carole R. Williams
Great book. Plenty to learn from it. I always wondered how the Muslims fight. But I did not like one of Pooles statements at the end: "we all warship the same god. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dustin
Italian Army officers should study this work written by a long-experienced US Marines officer, arguing that Western armies fighting Muslim guerrilla don’t analyze their way of... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Marco Pasquali
It was great to read about the reasons behind why many COIN tasks were developed.Published 14 months ago by Sgt D