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Men Against Fire: The Problem of Battle Command Paperback – 1 Sep 2000

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr (1 September 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806132809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806132808
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 299 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is one of the great volumes on fighting published since World War II and should be required reading for every staff officer as well as every combat officer of the arms which fight on the ground. It deserves a place among the really great volumes on combat and command."-Military Affairs

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S. L. A. "Slam" Marshall was a veteran of World War I and a combat historian during World War II. He startled the military and civilian world in 1947 by announcing that, in an average infantry company, no more than one in four soldiers actually fired their weapons while in contact with the enemy. His contention was based on interviews he conducted immediately after combat in both the European and Pacific theaters of World War II.

To remedy the gunfire imbalance he proposed changes to infantry training designed to ensure that American soldiers in future wars brought more fire upon the enemy. His studies during the Korean War showed that the ratio of fire had more than doubled since World War II.

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