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Infantry Combat: The Rifle Platoon: An Interactive Exercise in Small-Unit Tactics and Leadership
In this unique, interactive work, you are platoon leader Steve Davis, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Your unit has been airlifted into the Middle East, and now you must defend Wadi Al Sirree against the might of an advancing enemy force. The scenario is realistic and supported by maps, photos and appendices with detailed specifications of hardware and units involved ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Presidio Press
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In the Vein of others in the genre, but less doctrinally focussed. Lessons from the two books seem to occasionally contradict each other (armour attacks: always hold your ground. Infantry combat: retreat! ), and it was easy to get cluelessly lost in this book as the choices are rarely clear cut. Infantry combat is by far the "harder" book
When I first saw this book years ago it was after I had left military service. I spent eight years in the US Army infantry: 1 1/2 years mechanized, 6 months long-range surveillance, 2 years air assault with the 101st including Desert Shield/Storm, 3 1/2 with the 82nd and 4 years with USAFR forward airfield defense security forces squadron. In the Army my specialty was heavy anti-armor missile (i.e. the TOW). I had served in every crew position, squad leader, section leader, NBC NCO and air assau ...more
This is like the 'choose your own adventure' books you used to read as a kid. Antal does a good job at creating a very realistic situation that one might face as a Platoon Leader. You decisions and failures are explained in a very clear way that correspond with combat doctrine.
Colonel John Antal, US Army (Retired)served 30 years in the US Army as a leader, senior staff officer and commander. He commanded tank and combined arms combat units at platoon, company, battalion and regimental level. He is Airborne and Ranger qualified. He has served in sensitive joint, combined Army staff assignments in the US and overseas. He also served as the Special Assistant to the United ...more