Death Ground: Today's American Infantry in Battle

Death Ground: Today's American Infantry in Battle

by Daniel P. Bolger

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Death Ground: Today's American Infantry in Battle by Daniel P. Bolger

“An informative and thought-provoking history of recent infantry operations with reasoned glimpses of its possible future.”
Military Heritage

“This is [Colonel Bolger’s] most significant work to date, important both for students of the contemporary U.S. Army and for general readers– even those normally uninterested in military affairs. Bolger documents the infantry’s change over the past sixty years from a mass force of citizen soldiers to a small body of elite professionals. He presents each currently existing type of infantry–paratroopers, air assault, mechanized, light, rangers, and marines. . . . In each case study, Bolger emphasizes the quality and preparation, making it quite clear that will without skill and motivation without competence are certain routes to disaster. . . . While praising today’s infantry as the best the country has ever fielded, Bolger raises the prospect that the U.S. military, by emphasizing technology and economy, will leave the country with an elite infantry too small to sustain heavy losses and too specialized to be quickly replaced.”
Publishers Weekly

Today’s American Infantry in Battle

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780891418306
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/02/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Daniel P. Bolger currently serves as Chief of Staff of the 2d Infantry Division in Korea. His previous assignments include duty as J-5 (Director Strategy & Analysis) in U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia; command of the 2d Brigade, 2d Infantry Division in Korea; duty as G-3 (operations officer) and Infantry battalion commander with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; an earlier assignment as a major with an Infantry battalion in Korea with the 2d Infantry Division; and service from platoon leader through rifle company commander with the 24th Infantry Division, then at Ft. Stewart, Georgia. A graduate of the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania and the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Bolger also taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. He holds a doctorate in history from the University of Chicago. Presidio Press has also published his books Dragons at War; Americans at War; Savage Peace; the Battle for Hunger Hill; and the military novel Feast of Bones.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: A Few Good Men1
1Death From Above36
3Hell on Wheels118
4Direct Action161
5Brave Rifles203
6Africa Corps244
Epilogue: The Last Riflemen296
AppendixActive Army and Marine Infantry Battalions335

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the book that this armchair general has been looking for about modern infantry in combat. From the first actions of the new army to the rescue in Somolia the book is a great read and tells a story that the press cannot seem to get straight. Highly Recommended!!!