The Defense of Hill 781: An Allegory of Modern Mechanized Combat

The Defense of Hill 781: An Allegory of Modern Mechanized Combat


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ISBN-13: 9780891414759
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/1993
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 816,121
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Colonel James R. McDonough, USA (Ret.), graduated from West Point and served in Vietnam as an infantry platoon leader in the legendary 173rd Airborne Brigade. A military theorist who has helped shape the post–Cold War army’s thinking, he is also the author of The Defense of Hill 781 and The Limits of Glory. Now retired from active duty, McDonough lives with his family in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Defense of Hill 781: An Allegory of Modern Mechanized Combat 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
jcbrunner on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The Defense of Hill 781 adapts the technique of a scenario and action report of The Defence of Duffer's Drift (1905) to modern armored warfare. We follow LTC A. Tack Always through failure and success during six missions of armored warfare. I found some of the mistakes made too trivial and unworthy of a LTC especially regarding task force composition. The bigger flaw, however, is that the era of big tank battles is probably over. Just as the Defence of Duffer's Drift did not prepare the British for the trench horrors of WWI, The Defense of Hill 781 was of little use in the conflicts fought by the US since its publication in 1993. A tank battle that stretches over multiple days where the two forces are resupplied in relatively open terrain isn't very likely to occur and does not capture the fluidity of armored or cavalry warfare. An OK read.
jztemple on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Pretty good, although recommended only for military professionals or the more advanced military reader; the book is very focused on modern warfare command level issues and so may not appeal to the casual reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great look at combined arms maneuver. Well written with timeless, important lessons for leaders at any echelon.