In Grunts, renowned historian John C. McManus demonstrates that, from the invasion beaches of the Second World War to the deserts of the Middle East, the foot soldier has been the most indispensible-and most overlooked-factor in wartime victory.
Advances in weaponry have threatened to render the infantryman obsolete for centuries. Even today, precision-guided munitions, nu...more
If you're looking for an enthralling perspective into the hairiest, most gritty infantry conflicts waged during the twentieth century, you're going to enjoy yourself quite a bit.
The evangelizing for the role of infantry in modern combat I feel more mixed about. McManus makes a pretty strong case that the American military machine places too great an emphasis on impersonal weapons systems in the naive belief that we can win wars with ...more
Why I started this book: I've been eye-balling this book for over a year. It looked fascinating (and it was!) but it was also big.
Why I finished it: It took me a while to ...more
McManus, a respected military historian, really did his homework on this tome and it shows. His writing chops are nothing to sneeze at, either.