- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 22, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199658846
- ISBN-13: 978-0199658848
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.2 x 6.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,092,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Combat Soldier: Infantry Tactics and Cohesion in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries 1st Edition
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This is all first class and worthy of a close read, especially by those involved in the training of British front line infantry capabilities. * David Benest, British Army Review * this is a book promises to engage debate for years to come. * Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck College, University of London, British Journal of Sociology * Professor King provides a well-written (perhaps too lengthy, sometimes rambling) and well-documented work of immense value, describing infantry tactics from WorldWar I up to the present time, with a clear depiction of the brutality of industrial age and urban warfare. Particularly, useful is his style of presenting a tactical problem and indicating what was done to address the problem. * Guy L. Siebold, Armed Forces & Society *
About the Author
Anthony King has written extensively on social theory, football, and the armed forces, including his most recent book 'The Transformation of Europe's Armed Forces: from the Rhine to Afghanistan', published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. As a result of his research, he has developed close relations with the armed forces, especially the Royal Marines. He has co-written parts of current British military doctrine on stabilisation and has advised on the campaign in Afghanistan as a member of NATO's Regional Command South Headquarters in Kandahar in 2009-10. He was recently appointed as a mentor by the Army's Force Development and Training Command as it tries to reform and restructure the army. He has contributed to public debates about contemporary security and defence policy, giving evidence on operations in Afghanistan to the Parliamentary Defence Committee, writing and speaking for some think-tanks. He is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Exeter.
Top customer reviews
The book looks at US, Canadian, British, French and German units. For the US King investigates the US Army in Western Europe, a high intensity non-stop campaign with heavy casualties and a sub-par replacement system. If he had balanced this with an examination of Army and Marine Corps units in the Pacific theater, with long intervals between very intense, short operations he might find even more evidence to support his conclusion.
Kings arguments are pursuasive and raise the question of what will happen to infantry units involved in high-tempo operations with heavy casualties, that is non-counterinsurgency operations.
As a former Marine Corps infantry officer I agree with many of Kings observations. I just wonder what will happen when they cut the training budgets and bleed the experienced leadership out of the units. However, the good news is that great cohesion is built around mastery of small unit combat skills. Any General officer who does not make that his focus should retire.
This book is expensive, yet it is worth the price and hopefully will come out in paperback. I would recommend it highly to anyone interested or involved in small unit training in the police or military combat arms.