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On Infantry (The Military Profession)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Another volume in Praeger's The Military Profession series, this revised edition of the 1984 Praeger classic tells the story of infantry in the 20th century and its impact on the major conflicts of our time. Its purpose is to provide the reader--whether infantryman or not--with hitherto unavailable insights on the role that infantry plays in the larger battle and how that ...more
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 216 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Praeger Publishers (first published January 1st 1984)
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Timothy Boyd
Very good military study book. Nice chapters with well laid out and written discussions. Recommended for military history buff.
Aug 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
I've always been interested in how military doctrine is developed, so this seems to be the ticket for me, though it is a little dated, very cold-war oriented.
Elglish starts with European infantry after the Franco Prussian war (really the last set piece battle war, if not already on the cusp).
The book is best, in my estimation, in the discussion of the second world war. There's a hidden thesis that really starts here (it's not very strongly represented in the opening, thoughly strongly reflected
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Describes the development of the infantry over time. As innovation made the battlefield more lethal, infantry dispersed which required innovative tactics, the adaptation of technology, and changes to the way the infantry addressed morale and the soldier. The conclusion is flawed, however. The author argues the infantry will dominate the future battlefield without the aid of combined arms through the benefit of modern technology. He doesn't address the technological advances occurring throughout ...more
Jun 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: military
Warfare has changed greatly even in the last 50 years. The movement from the primarily attrition-driven tactics started in WWII and we arrived at what we could legitimately call maneuver warfare tactics by Korea.
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Bit old by now, with everything up to 1973. And the last chapter really made it more of a pamphlet rather than a scholarly tract. Nice details of sub-company developments though.
Jan 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Very informative, good history but definitely a dry read.
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Perfekt bok för mig, knappast för alla andra. Det är en detaljerad genomgång av infanteri taktik under 1900-talet. Hur de olika stormakterna organiserar sitt infanteri och hur de slåss. Mycket fascinerande om man tänkt på problemet hur krig fungerar allra längst fram, vad sker när folk försöker döda varandra på mycket kort håll? Boken kräver vissa förkunskaper om krig och krigföring under förra seklet men ger en rik belöning till den som söker detaljkunskap. Grundproblemet med infanteristrid är ...more
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