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Defense of Hill 781: An Allegory of Modern Mechanized Combat by James R. McDonough

By James R. McDonough

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Slowly A. , who knew very little about the life of armor and mechanized units and their tactics and logistics, becomes a new man, a wise and canny leader. He and his unit grow with each new dose of adversity until he begins to turn the tables on his powerful enemy. Then comes Hill 781, his last chance to show that he can accomplish his mission. In the culminating battle of this captivating story, he swallows his pride, the cause of his troubles, and in pulling together all that he has learned, he finds that success lies not simply in absorbing tactical lessons, but also in achieving the high level of understanding and respect for his subordinates and his troops.

I’ll be back after the briefing to take your instructions. ” The colonel and the sergeant exchanged salutes. As Hope pulled away it occurred to Always how much he liked the man. As bad as things might be, with a command sergeant major like that on his side he could not go too far astray. He would have to be careful to ask for and to adhere to his advice, Always reminded himself. “Good morning, sir. Welcome to the Dust Bowl. ” Always turned away from the departing jeep to face his operations officer, a solid, open-faced man of medium height.

Very good, sir. ” A cold chill went down Always’ spine. During the afternoon he had become wrapped up in the myriad of details of commanding a battalion readying itself for action. Now he was reminded that this was to be no ordinary operation. A commander enjoys being king to his own soldiers. He didn’t want any godforsaken souls coming in to throw their weight around in his unit. But wanting and getting are two different things, and in an instant the roar of scores of jeep engines and a wave of dust engulfed the placid scene of operations officer and commander having a civil discussion.

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