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Tip of the Spear: U.S. Marine Light Armor in the Gulf War Paperback – January 1, 2008
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Images of U.S. Marines assaulting Pacific beaches in World War II have stereotyped the service's roles and personnel for more than fifty years. This frank firsthand account of Marines sweeping over sands of a different sort in fast armored vehicles retires that popular legend and recasts the Corps as the modern, professional fighting force it was in Desert Storm. Battling a savage environment, an unknown enemy brandishing threats of nuclear, gas, and biological attacks, and a host of technological and tactical snafus, Alpha Company of the 1st Light Armored Infantry Battalion pushed forward at the "tip of the spear" past burning oil fields, hundreds of Iraqi tanks and vehicles, and heartrending friendly casualties to help liberate Kuwait City and drive the Iraqis back to Baghdad. Here G. J. Michaels, a section leader and vehicle commander, provides a vivid, personal chronicle of events as they unfolded. Michaels further draws on his thirteen years of LAV experience to examine lessons learned from the war as well as its controversies, including the confusion over use of the LAV as both recon scout and infantry support and the lack of effective identification/friend-or-foe systems.
About the Author
Gregory J. Michaels enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1984. After serving in the Gulf War, he became an instructor in the LAV Leaders course at Camp Pendleton. He is now a master sergeant with the Recruiting Command in Indiana. The hardcover of Tip of the Spear (978-155750-599-6) was published by the Naval Institute Press in 1998.
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Armored cars (13 tons) are better than, say a Hummer, but lack the protection of a Bradley (33 tons), and of course, an M-1 tank (70 tons). So you have to modify your tactics, select your battles carefully, which makes this interesting to read. How does light armor operate - they're not infantry, but not tanks.
4 stars - The story telling is solid, gives good insight of being a Marine and LAV Commander. Good, but not great. Also, the maps aren't that good. 8 pages of photos which give you a decent idea of surviving in the desert, what life on a LAV is like. I enjoyed the book, it's a good read, a good library book. It did what I wanted, which is to show the differences and similarities of tanking vs. Infantry, which is what Light Armor does.