Review: The Ultimate Guide to U.S. Army Combat Skills, Tactics and Techniques, edited by Jay McCullough

January 19, 2011 at 10:24 am 1 comment

The Ultimate Guide to U.S. Army CombatThe Ultimate Guide to U.S. Army Combat Skills, Tactics and Techniques edited by Jay McCullough
Reviewed by Foo Yang Yi (3I1)

The Ultimate Guide to U.S. Army Combat Skills, Tactics and Techniques is a compilation of several combat manuals for soldiers serving in the U.S. Army.

This book is split into three parts. The first one, covering hand-to-hand combat, is comprised of instruction manuals for unarmed combat and ground-fighting techniques, as well as fighting with handheld weapons, like a rifle bayonet. The second part covers combat weapons, which introduces the M16 assault rifle, combat pistols, as well as combat techniques covering machine gun fire to identification of grenades. The third and last part covers combat in desert, jungle and urban environments.

Unlike many forms of media, such as movies or video games that make combat seem quite simple, these manuals contain more serious information. For example, when setting up a machine gun, the manual is very specific in describing every single step, including when the ammunition bearer “kneels on his right knee and rests the shoes of the rear tripod legs on the ground,” or even what state the equipment should be in when carried.

This may be worth a look if one is interested in military combat, but the frequent use of military terms and acronyms might confuse or even put off casual readers. For those who like military-related subjects, this is a rather informative (but not complete) guide about what the U.S. Army infantrymen have to learn.

A word of warning for the rash: despite what you may find in this manual, especially the hand-to-hand combat techniques, do not try to replicate them; these techniques are based on the principles of kill-or-be-killed, and therefore trying them in a fight could accidentally lead to incapacitation or death.


Entry filed under: Military Interest, Reviews.

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  • 1. Zach Wang  |  February 15, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Wow, this sounds interesting. I am quite a military enthusiast, though I’m more concerned about the overall battleplan, I think it important to understand how troops function in the field. By reading this book, I should be able to gain a better idea of the capabilities of the soldiers and to devise plans around them. A captain in the army might find this even more useful as he has to direct soldiers on the ground. A normal infantryman might use this as a guide to fighting better and more efficiently. I think I might pick up this book during my free time for an interesting read.


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