S.L.A. Marshall


Born
in Catskill, New York, The United States
July 18, 1900

Died
December 17, 1977

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S.L.A. Marshall (full name, Samuel Lyman Atwood Marshall) served in World War I and then embarked in a career in journalism. In World War II, he was chief combat historian in the Central Pacific (1943) and chief historian for the European Theater of Operations (1945). He authored some 30 books about warfare, including Pork Chop Hill: The American Fighting Man in Action, The River and the Gauntlet and Men Against Fire: The Problem of Battle Command in Future War.

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Island Victory: The Battle ...

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Pork Chop Hill

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Men Against Fire: The Probl...

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Night Drop: The American Ai...

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“Fundamentally only two great novelties have come out of recent warfare. They are: (1) mechanical vehicles, which relieve the Soldier of equipment hitherto carried by him; (2) air supply, which relieves the vehicle of the road.”
S.L.A. Marshall, The Soldier's Load and the Mobility of a Nation

“The bayonet is not a chemical agent the mere possession of it will not make men one whit more intrepid than they are by nature. Nor will any amount of bayonet training have such an effect. All that may be said of such training is that, like the old Butts Manual, its values derive only from the physical exercise. It conditions the mind only in the degree that it hardens the muscles and improves health.

The bayonet needs now to be re-evaluated by our Army solely on what it represents as an instrument for killing and protection. That should be done in accordance with the record, and without the slightest sentiment So considered, the bayonet will be as difficult to justify as the type of slingshot with which David slew Goliath.”
S.L.A. Marshall, The Soldier's Load and the Mobility of a Nation

“By a series of calculations which need not be here explained, Colonel Cole has concluded that the individual weights carried within the legions were as follows:

Total for road marching 57.21 lbs.
Total for approach march 44 lbs.
Tactical load in combat zone 33 lbs.”
S.L.A. Marshall, The Soldier's Load and the Mobility of a Nation

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