The Tiger's Way: A U.S. Private's Best Chance for Survivalby H. John Poole, Edward Molina
This book is not just fun reading for determined riflemen, but vital self-defense info. for all security ranks and jobs. The Pentagon lost on the ground 40 years ago, and its squad tactics haven't changed much. Herein lie more advanced techniques for every category of short-range combat. They will permit better small-unit maneuvers (and fewer losses) for/b>… See more details below
This book is not just fun reading for determined riflemen, but vital self-defense info. for all security ranks and jobs. The Pentagon lost on the ground 40 years ago, and its squad tactics haven't changed much. Herein lie more advanced techniques for every category of short-range combat. They will permit better small-unit maneuvers (and fewer losses) for every intensity of combat. As Western ordnance turned more lethal, Eastern armies came to rely on tiny semi-autonomous elements. Most provide every rifleman with guerrilla training. Until the Pentagon follows suit, its own infantry enlistees will have less field skill, initiative, and decision-making experience than their Communist counterparts. In any close encounter, they will die unnecessarily and their commanders too often fail to win.
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Darkness descends over the rain forest like an undertaker's cloak. Not even the stars shine overhead. As the mist rises from the jungle floor, the croaking of frogs, buzzing of insects, and calling of animals blend into a dull roar. It's so dark that the U.S. perimeter guard sees only shapes in his assigned sector, so loud that he can't hear himself talk. While this young American has buddies less than 20 yards away on either side, he feels isolated and uncomfortable. There are so many shadows, plants, and ground irregularities between those buddies and him, that those 20 yards might as well be 2000. His distant squad leader has the only night vision goggles (NVGs), and his even-more-distant platoon leader has the only thermal-imaging device. Under these conditions, neither piece of technology would help him anyway. The former needs ambient light, and latter can't see through bushes.
Raised in the city and with only six months in service, the U.S. perimeter guard feels out of place in the woods. He has been repeatedly told that he is the best in the world, but he has heard stories. His uncle and grandfather have talked about German, Japanese, North Korean, Chinese, and North Vietnamese soldiers who could crawl up on a wide-awake sentry. The young American is tired. For weeks on end, he has been patrolling all day and staying awake most of every night. Though only 130 pounds soaking wet, he has been lugging 100 pounds of mostly ammunition through every bog and tree fall in the area. At first, he tries to analyze every sound and shadow. Then, his mind wanders back to Trish and home. For hours, he sits erect in his hole, moving in and out of "the here and now." Then it happens. He doesn't notice that the twelve bushes to his front have turned to thirteen. There's a "whoosh," a "thunk," indescribable pain, a suspicion of betrayal, a gasping for breath, and then nothing at all. Private Robert B. "Squirt" Ryan, Jr.the pride of Cedar Rapidsis gone. He will not have that family of which he and Trish had dreamed. He will not spend his Saturdays fishing with his best friend Bill. He will not become that fireman who would save all those other people.
It is over now for Private Ryan, but questions linger. Did he really have to die? Was his organization somehow remiss? Could his leaders have saved him? How did his opponent get so close? What can the U.S. private do to help himself? These are complex questions that will take many chapters to answer.
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