John C. McManus
Grunts: Inside the American Infantry Combat Experience, World War II Through Iraq
August 27, 2019 Comments.. 320
Grunts: Inside the American Infantry Combat Experience, World War II Through Iraq John C. McManus A sweeping narrative of six decades of combat, and an eye opening account of the evolution of the American infantry From the beaches of Normandy and the South Pacific Islands to the deserts of the Middle East, the American soldier has been the most indispensable and most overlooked factor in wartime victory In Grunts, renowned historian John C McManus covers six decaA sweeping narrative of six decades of combat, and an eye opening account of the evolution of the American infantry From the beaches of Normandy and the South Pacific Islands to the deserts of the Middle East, the American soldier has been the most indispensable and most overlooked factor in wartime victory In Grunts, renowned historian John C McManus covers six decades of warfare, examining ten critical battles from the Battle of the Bulge to counterinsurgency combat in Iraq where the skills and courage of American troops proved the crucial difference between victory and defeat Based on years of research and interviews with veterans, this powerful history reveals the ugly face of war in a way few books have, and demonstrates the fundamental, and too often forgotten, importance of the human element in serving and protecting the nation.. Grunts Inside the American Infantry Combat Experience World War II Through Iraq A sweeping narrative of six decades of combat and an eye opening account of the evolution of the American infantry From the beaches of Normandy and the South Pacific Islands to the deserts of the Mid
  • Title: Grunts: Inside the American Infantry Combat Experience, World War II Through Iraq
  • Author: John C. McManus
  • ISBN: 9780451227904
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Chris Chester says:

      A really great read, depending on why you decide to dig into it.If you re looking for an enthralling perspective into the hairiest, most gritty infantry conflicts waged during the twentieth century, you re going to enjoy yourself quite a bit.The evangelizing for the role of infantry in modern combat I feel mixed about McManus makes a pretty strong case that the American military machine places too great an emphasis on impersonal weapons systems in the naive belief that we can win wars without p [...]

    2. Rob says:

      Long book Fascinating first hand accounts of battles throughout recent history The Iraq stuff really blew my mind Obviously we all followed on the news, but I get the feeling the real experience hasn t been documented at all yet.

    3. Kristen says:

      In Grunts Inside the American Infantry Combat Experience, World War II Through Iraq, military historian John McManus argues that no matter how technologically advanced the United States military becomes, no weapon or force is important to success on the battlefield than the American combat infantryman To prove his point, McManus takes his readers on a journey through American military history from the amphibious assaults on Guam in 1944 to pre surge counterinsurgency operations in Iraq circa 20 [...]

    4. Aaron says:

      Outstanding narratives of US Infantry battles from WWII through Iraq omitting Korean War as too similar to WWII and pretty much forgetting that Afghanistan exists The author has chosen his battles well, frequently selecting battles that are Pyrrhic victories or tactical victories but strategic defeats I would agree with this choice from the standpoint that you can often learn from failure than from success I was pleased to see the story of Fallujah and 3rd Battalion 1st Marines told here becaus [...]

    5. Maria says:

      McManus argues that it is boots on the ground that wins wars, not fancy weapons systems alone Despite predictions for the last 60 years, it is the infantry men that have made the US military great McManus walks the reader thru 7 battles from WWII to Iraq and explains what it was like to be there and what was necessary to win.Why I started this book I ve been eye balling this book for over a year It looked fascinating and it was but it was also big.Why I finished it It took me a while to read thi [...]

    6. Christopher says:

      A well written and researched account of infantry actions, but fails to meet its billing Not on par with The Face of Battle, the author never seems to describe how the events support this thesis that close combat is immutable While weak in this area, the book provides great detail of several small unit actions that are worth a look An easy read but and a pure history.

    7. David says:

      A scholarly, but very readable, advocacy for the conitnuing utility of the rifleman in an era of exotic warfare technology Grunts present case histories from World War II through the current Middle Eastern conflicts to bolster this premise.McManus, a respected military historian, really did his homework on this tome and it shows His writing chops are nothing to sneeze at, either.

    8. Dio Aufa Handoyo says:

      World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq This book presents the fact that throughout history, despite technological advances, the presence of infantry has always been irreplaceable in conflicts A good read to balance the perception of how air and naval power alone can solely meet strategic warfare goals.

    9. Spencer says:

      Excellent perspective and analysis Gruesome and descriptive battle descriptions He is now one of my favorite authorswill definitely be reading his other works in the near future I LOVE how he calls out bullshit, in all its various forms haha.

    10. Angela says:

      A retrospective anthology on the American infantry combat experience.I was principally interested in the Vietnam period it is well laid out to research specific conflicts, and well told.

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