- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 3 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
- Audible.com Release Date: August 16, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KBB2XK2
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Bracketing the Enemy: Forward Observers in World War II Audiobook – Unabridged
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I would further like to mention about “Bracketing the Enemy” is that it addresses both the European and Pacific Theaters.
The one detail I was hoping to learn more about was how my dad mentioned he would always call for smoke before requesting artillery fire. I only caught a quick reference to it and not really much detail.
Anyways I enjoyed learning about the huge responsibility the FO carried with him in to the frontline and beyond it. I also appreciated the details on how good FOs could read maps, terrain and guide fire by sound. It also points out interesting details about some of the enemy's artillery tricks such as firing short to confuse the FOs.
I enjoyed this study of the WW2 forward observer; most importantly it made me deeply consider all those who sacrificed so much for their country in such a massive and costly war.
'Among the most overlooked specialists in military service, forward observers served with, and sometimes ahead of, the frontline troops to provide artillery fire or air support for the fight. In this, the first book on the subject, Dr. Walker, himself a veteran, examines the role of artillery forward observers in World War II. He opens with a short introduction on the origins of the idea of having forward observes. Walker then examines the organization, training, and processes of the forward observers during the war. He does this through the experience of two infantry divisions, the 37th, a National Guard unit from Ohio, and the 87th, a draftee unit, which served in the Pacific and Northwestern Europe respectively. This approach allows Walker to discuss how the differences between the theatres, such as the nature of the Japanese and German armies or the diversity of terrain, affected the use of artillery and the role of the forward observer. Walker ends with book with a summary of the critical factors in effective infantry-artillery coordination, an art and skill still vital to military operations. This is a valuable book for anyone interested in artillery or in the operations of American infantry.'
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