Tactics of the Crescent Moon: Militant Muslim Combat Methods

Tactics of the Crescent Moon: Militant Muslim Combat Methods

by H. John Poole, Michael Leahy
     
 

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This book is still required reading at Forts Benning and Leavenworth (and some Marine commands), because it fully details the Islamists' yet-to-be-defeated 4GW method. That method is best countered by "light" infantry tactics, but America has had only "line" infantry since 1943. Its modern sequel travels mostly by truck and fights mostly with supporting

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This book is still required reading at Forts Benning and Leavenworth (and some Marine commands), because it fully details the Islamists' yet-to-be-defeated 4GW method. That method is best countered by "light" infantry tactics, but America has had only "line" infantry since 1943. Its modern sequel travels mostly by truck and fights mostly with supporting arms. That's because the Pentagon still practices a "higher-tech" version of 2GW (killing as many enemy as possible). How to operate the latest equipment takes up so much of the young infantryman's day that he never learns how to sneak up on an expert defender. He and his buddies don't become any less visible by donning advanced electronics, so their traditional small-unit maneuvers remain just as predictable. Instead of historical artifacts, all Posterity Press books should be viewed as vehicles of long-overdue change.

Editorial Reviews

Newhouse News Service
[T]he insurgency's ... mid-level leaders ... [are] from al-Qaeda, the Lebanese Shiite ... Hezbollah, and ... Iran's Revolutionary Guards, said the author.
Washington Dispatch
One of the most innovative and practical modern writers on military tactics.... For those who want to learn, 'Tactics of the Crescent Moon' is an invaluable resource.
North County Times
[This book] ... is a comprehensive interpretation of Muslim extremists' tactics, theory, and thinking.
Leatherneck
[This Book] ... may help to turn the tide of this war.... [It] provides ... battlefield intelligence you can't get any other way.
Savannah Morning News
'U.S. forces have depended more on firepower than surprise,' Poole writes. 'They can no longer move unnoted along the ground.'
Inside the Pentagon
To handle fourth-generation warfare at the tactical level,... recommend Poole and Ray Smith's October 2004 book, 'Tactics of the Crescent Moon'.
Camp Lejeune Globe
'Tactics of the Crescent Moon' comes none too soon for deployed U.S. military personnel.... It shows ... how Muslim militants fight at short range.
Atlantic Monthly
Poole ... [says] bombarding cities ... almost always backfires, because embittered civilians provide more cover to guerrillas and terrorists.
Newport News Daily Press
Book has 12 chapters,... 'How Islamic Guerrillas Are Trained' [is one of them].
El Paso Times
[F]ull of valuable pointers of how our high-tech military could outwit a low-tech enemy.... [S]hould be required reading for every serviceman or woman headed to Iraq or the Mideast.
The Counter Terrorist
Whether you are a security officer in Washington, D.C., a first responder in London, or a soldier in Kabul, 'Tactics of the Crescent Moon' provides valuable knowledge.
Mil. Officers Assn. of America (MOAA) Magazine
[D]etailed ... look at the combat techniques of Muslim fighters in Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iran, and Chechnya.... [S]olid treatise on [the] enemy.
Chicago Tribune
Posterity Press has published books on counterinsurgent tactics.
Professional Reading List
[D]etailed, perceptive look at the combat techniques of Muslim fighters in Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iran, and Chechnya.... This is a solid treatise on the enemy. (Military Officer, Professional Reading List, 2008)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780963869579
Publisher:
Posterity Press (NC)
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Edition description:
47 illustrations
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,274,618
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.96(d)

What People are saying about this

Robert V. Kane
John Poole has ... hit a home run.... [I]f we ... adapt our training and operations ..., we can still prevail (Robert V. Kane, publisher emeritus of Presidio Press).
William S. Lind
This book grasps Fourth Generation war against Islamic opponents far better than anything coming out of TRADOC or Quantico (William S. Lind, father of 4th-Generation Warfare theory).
Ray L. Smith
Once again, John Poole proves himself to be on the leading edge of military writers and researchers with this book (Ray L. Smith, former commander of Camp Lejeune).
John H. Admire
'Tactics of the Crescent Moon' helps us understand the threat of terrorism and what must be done to defeat it (John H. Admire, former commander of 1st Marine Division).
Thomas R. Sargent
The depth of research is absolutely amazing which makes this dissertation a MUST READ.... This book is a revealing insight into the Muslim mind (Thomas R. Sargent, frigate commander at the Battle of Leyte Gulf).
Edwin Howard Simmons
Poole's well-titled 'Tactics of the Crescent Moon' offers an absorbing ... analytic study of ... Islamic guerrilla tactics (Edwin Howard Simmons, former Head of History & Museums Division, HQMC).
David H. Hackworth
Have become addicted to ... Poole's savvy books on how to beat the enemy, written for ... grunt at the bayonet level (David H. Hackworth, author of 'About Face').
Anthony C. Zinni
John Poole has ... captured the nature of the new threat and ... produced a required read for our troopers' packs (Anthony C. Zinni, former head of CENTCOM).

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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