- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: AuthorHouse (March 24, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1418472077
- ISBN-13: 978-1418472078
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 134 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Light Infantry Tactics: For Small Teams Paperback – March 24, 2005
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Negatives: The editing is subpar (the title of Section III is "Patrolling Mehods"). The author is well qualified according to the "about the author", but you wouldn't know if from his level of professionalism- plenty of bad jokes consistently throughout that might fly in a classroom environment but are inappropriate and unnecessary in a book. The quality of the binding and paper is good enough for home library, but I have the feeling it wouldn't stand up well to adverse environmental conditions, or even to loaning it out. It's much larger than I expected, which isn't necessarily bad (the pictures are helpful, as previously mentioned), but I was hoping for something a little more portable.
I would rate this even more exceptional for small unit leaders if obtained along with the author's "Small Unit Tactics" book that is focused primarily on Fire Team Leaders, Squad Leaders / Section Leaders, Platoon Leaders, and Company Commanders and operational staff. (Please do a search on Amazon for that book also).
Finally, I would strongly recommend that both indivduals and small unit leaders obtain - if possible - Peter McAlee's "Fighting Manual" and H. John Poole's "The Last Hundred Yards" as both are somewhat more advanced / excellent books - and would do very well to round out the above "library"!
If you're former SF then this book isn't going to be useful except to help teach others. If you served in the regular infantry then this is only going to be a good reminder of many things. If you're a weekend warrior with some combat sport or another then this book will be indispensable. If you're headed INTO military service then this book will also be priceless to you: get the book now so you can lead a unit through maneuvers like an ace later. It'll not only impress your instructors, but also give you an extra repetition of the info now so you're simply mastering it later.
So if you don't have a former grunt in your team this is the book, and even with a grunt this will help him train your team to a decent standard.
Well Done Chris