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Dragons at War: Land Battles in the Desert…

Dragons at War: Land Battles in the Desert (1990)

by Daniel P. Bolger

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    Infantry Attacks by Erwin Rommel (sferguson)
    sferguson: These two works share a factual and experienced discussion of tactical warfare that I have not seen in very many other places.

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A great discussion of modern (1980's) tactics and strategy for desert mobile warfare, specifically armored and mechanized forces. The book covers a rotation for one mechanized battalion through the OPFOR experience at Fort Irwin from 1982.

Very revealing and the coverage of mistakes and revelations will prove both interesting and beneficial to both military commanders as well as anyone interested in any planned, competitive area. The real moral behind this entire rotation was the fact that a plan is only good until first contact with an enemy, whether that be the night, the need for supplies or the actual opposing forces.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in modern military tactics, those who enjoyed Rommel's "Infantry Attacks" will most likely also enjoy this work. ( )
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The National Training Center (NTC) at Ft. Irwin, California, provides the most realistic military training available apart from actual warfare. U.S. battalion-size units participate in mock battles against similar units trained to use Soviet tactics. Everything is set up as it would be in war; "kills" are decided electronically. Bolger was a company commander in the 2-34th during its two-weeks' training at NTC. He tells what happened, both good and bad. Bolger writes well, and the reader gets the feel of the problems and strains of actual combat, especially in regard to how the reality of war can destroy good planning. Anyone interested in military affairs will like this book. For all military collections and larger public libraries. Edward Gibson, James Madison Univ. Lib., Harrisonburg, Va.
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