Phantom Soldier: The Enemy's Answer to U.S. Firepower

Phantom Soldier: The Enemy's Answer to U.S. Firepower

by H. John Poole, Michael Leahy
     
 

This book won't please those who have come to believe that wars are won and casualties limited through technology, or that the victor's version of one is always correct. But, all U.S. security personnel should read it. Possibly the West's best treatise on Oriental warfare, it sheds new light on what Asian infantry can do: (1) alternate between guerrilla, mobile,

Overview

This book won't please those who have come to believe that wars are won and casualties limited through technology, or that the victor's version of one is always correct. But, all U.S. security personnel should read it. Possibly the West's best treatise on Oriental warfare, it sheds new light on what Asian infantry can do: (1) alternate between guerrilla, mobile, and positional warfare; (2) use "ordinary forces" to engage and "extraordinary forces [infiltrators]" to defeat; and then (3) retreat to save lives. What occurred in history doesn't change, but one's perception of it does -- as he comes to better understand his former foe. Here's what really happened at Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Chosin Reservoir, and Hue City. Those who believe this book's coverart to be fantasy have only to google the term "dac cong." Through how the NVA held their own without resupply, tanks, artillery, or air power, U.S. grunts could better survive the more lethal enemy weaponry of the 21st Century.

Editorial Reviews

Military Illustrated
Transported back ... to WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, the reader will ... match wits with the best infantrymen in the world.
Command Magazine
By revealing how Eastern soldiers ... hold their own without resupply, tanks, or air support, 'Phantom Soldier' shows what U.S. infantrymen must do to survive the more lethal weaponry of the 21st Century.
Leatherneck Magazine
The author ... has filled ... [the] gap ... in small-unit leader's training.
Army Magazine
This affordable book needs to be read by all combat arms soldiers, all special operators, and all generals.
Camp Pendleton Scout
Book teaches ... individual and small-unit survival skills.
Fort Meyers Pentagram
[A] must for all those who have to meet the reality of ... 21st century [battle].
Special Warfare Magazine
[The book's] content is prophetic for the battle ... in Afghanistan.... [It] can help every infantryman ... deal ... with asymmetric conflict.
Military Review Magazine
An interesting summary of how Asian forces ... fight battles.
Camp Lejeune Globe
A compelling look at enemy. Book written for small-unit leader.
Infantry Magazine
The Eastern warrior--as characterized in the thought-provoking 'Phantom Soldier'--and his tactics, are worthy of study and possible emulation.
Armor Magazine
This book ... talks about what goes on at the nitty-gritty level of infantry combat.
Newport News Daily Press
Well-researched and authoritative, the book describes the differences between Eastern and Western military traditions.
Fayetteville Observer (NC)
John Poole ... has studied how Asian armies ... fought in previous wars, and says Western armies need to pay attention.
U.S. Naval War College Asymmetric Warfare Library announcement
Traditional warfare ... has given way to unconventional, asymmetric warfare. [Among the available books on the subject is 'Phantom Soldier'].
Defense and the National Interest
What it means to confront an enemy that really understands Sun Tzu. It could also be read as a [tactics] manual for 4GW.
Companyteam.army.mil
Want a primer on how Usama Bin Laden ... thinks, his tactics, how to beat him at his own game? Read this book.
Reviewers' Consortium Online
Well done book ... for those who have to carry out military tactics.... [A] must read for all levels of our military structure.
Rec.arts.books.reviews
Unique in presenting the other side's tactics and strategies. 'Phantom Soldier' explains ... different ways of warfare.
Oberlin Alumni Magazine
Well researched and authoritative, this book describes the differences between Eastern and Western ... methods of warfare.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780963869555
Publisher:
Posterity Press (NC)
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Edition description:
99 illustrations
Pages:
335
Product dimensions:
8.34(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.98(d)

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What People are saying about this

Robert V. Kane
The code to Oriental infantry tactics has finally been broken (Robert V. Kane, publisher emeritus of Presidio Press).
William S. Lind
'Phantom Soldier' presents the Oriental way of war ... understandably (William S. Lind, father of 4th-Generation Warfare theory).
Jonathan Shay
An enormously illuminating and valuable book (Jonathan Shay, author of 'Odysseus in America').
Anthony C. Zinni
John Poole ... [weaves] tactical lessons into ... exciting ... books. I would highly recommend them to all NCOs and officers (Anthony C. Zinni, former head of CENTCOM).
David H. Hackworth
Both the U.S. Army and Marine Corps should make this fine book required reading for all small-unit leaders (David H. Hackworth, author of 'About Face.')

Meet the Author

Through an inverted military career, H. John Poole has discovered a few things that more promotable people miss. After spending his first two years as a combat commander, he did his last seven as an enlisted tactics instructor. That allowed him to see why U.S. troops have always had so much trouble outmaneuvering their immediate adversaries. Their tactical techniques (like football plays) are quite simply outmoded. These U.S. small-unit maneuvers are so unlikely to surprise anyone as to be "premachinegun" in format. This oversight on the part of their commanders and how to compensate for it forms the framework of Poole's work.

Since retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1993, Poole has has traveled extensively in both Communist and Islamist worlds. He has also written 10 other tactics/intelligence supplements and conducted multiday training sessions for 40 U.S. battalions, 9 schools, and 7 special operations units. As most U.S. intelligence personnel know too little about the Eastern thought process and evolution of squad tactics, these supplements provide currently deployed GIs with a rare glimpse into their enemies' intentions. Since 2000, Poole has done research in Russia, Mainland China (twice), North Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India (three times), Pakistan (three times), Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Sudan, Tanzania, and Venezuela. Over the course of his lifetime, he has further traveled throughout Asia, Europe, and most of the Western Hemisphere. He has lived (or been stationed) in Mexico, Panama, Vietnam, and Japan. Between early tours in the Marine Corps (from 1969 to 1971), Poole worked as a criminal investigator for the Illinois Bureau of Investigation (IBI). After attending the State Police Academy, he worked out of the IBI's Chicago office.

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