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U.S. Army Combat Skills Handbook Paperback – May 1, 2004

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This field manual is dedicated to the arts of the soldier and has introduced countless recruits to the deadly intricacies of combat. Wars, as the introduction notes, are won not by machines but by the soldiers who use them. Even the best-equipped army cannot win without well-trained soldiers, and the soldiers in that army have carried this book with them for years.
In concise terms, and with clear illustrations treating every subject the U.S. Army Combat Skills Handbook tells the soldier how to survive on the battlefield with chapters on:

- Cover, Concealment, and Camouflage
- Fighting Positions
- Movement
- Observation
- Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Warfare
- Combat Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence
- Communications
- First Aid and Personal Hygiene
- Mines
- Demolitions
- Obstacles
- Urban Areas
- Tracking
- Survival, Evasion, and Escape
- and much more

The U.S. Army Combat Skills Handbook is must-read material for the military enthusiast and anyone who wants to know how the U.S. Army performs its duties in the field of operations.


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Product Details

  • Series: U.S. Army
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592283837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592283835
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,517,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G Riggs on April 26, 2006
I saw the publication date, and thought it would have info useful for my son, who plays paintball. While I never expected him to use the hygeine or medical section, I was hoping for a lot more regarding movement, fields of fire, and basic tactics. Not so.

What I found was a rehash of a bunch of Cold War era FM's. All the info was Euro-centric, all the equipment was out of date (I doubt we even have 90mm RCLs in any armory inventory,) there was no real discussion of movement or signalling (despite the chapter). It did not help I found the entire manual online.

The only thing saving this book from one star is the fact there were useful references. However, unless you are utterly unfamiliar with the Army, I would NOT recommeend this book.
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By Greer on January 27, 2008
I ordered this thinking it was a reprint of the current or at least a recent Individual Combat Skills manual. It is not. The graphics, diagrams and text are from manuals dating from the early 1970s to the very early 1980s. The product description is deceptive.
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