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Small Wars Manual Paperback – July 1, 2009
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Finding that they were not retaining the hard-won lessons of previous operations, "Red Mike" Edson (who is, oddly., not credited in the Introduction), and others wrote this encyclopedic guide to every facet of "small wars". They tried to encompass everything: political relationships, logistics, tactics, and useful instruction down to the correct principles for loading pack mules!
Some of the assumptions of the 1930's may jar the sensibilities of the modern reader, but the Manual is a fascinating view into the operations of the Old Corps - and we may some day need the wisdom again.
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'Small Wars' are defined in several ways but which do not involve a major effort in regular warfare against a first-rate power. The final manual on the subject was published in 1940, before the concept of small wars was erased by bigger events. After World War II, the manual was not re-written but was reprinted from time to time with the admonition that it should be considered in relation to the time in which it was written.
Now re-published again, the book has been sent to Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries where 'Small Wars' are being fought. It covers every aspect from Strategy to Logistics, from Transportation to small unit tactics. Within the range of subjects covered is Air Trasportation, remember that this was written in 1940. But it also tells you how to load a Browning .30 water cooled machine gun on a pack mule.
This book is obviously not a direct report on what is going on around the world, but it is surprising that so much of the information given here is directly applicable.
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this is not helpful now, and I surmise it was not helpful when originally composed. This is the equivalent of telling a truck driver he should change any flat tires.Published 3 months ago by keith moyland
This book is the vision played by the Marine Corps for generations of Marines. It covers large and small issue (such as pack mules). Read morePublished 10 months ago by Peaches
Very technical, not light or easy reading plus you need military experience to make sense out of much of it but that is why I got it and am very satisfied. Semper FiPublished 13 months ago by Bob Quinn
This is the book the US military should have been reading before the Vietnam conflict. How did the Army and Marines manage to unlearn everything in this book, only to have to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jon Norstog
Language is old and stilted but that is what I expected. I certainly wish that our military leaders and policy makers had read this manual in detail. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dirtguy