Military Review

Professional military journal (English, Spanish and Portuguese).

Articles from Vol. 85, No. 2, March/April

A FACE LIKE A CHICKEN'S BACKSIDE: An Unconventional Soldier in Malaya and Borneo, 1948-1971
A FACE LIKE A CHICKEN'S BACKSIDE: An Unconventional Soldier in Malaya and Borneo, 1948-1971, J.P. Cross, Cultured Lotus, Singapore, 2003,238 pages, $20.95.John Phillip Cross was, in his own words, an unconventional soldier. He did not do anything new...
Air Support for Patton's Third Army
AIR SUPPORT FOR PATTON'S THIRD ARMY, John J. Sullivan, McFarland and Co., Jefferson, NC, 2003, 186 pages, $42.50.In Air Support for Pattern's Third Army, John J. Sullivan seeks to complete the record on the Third Army. He argues that while the Third...
Anthropology and Counterinsurgency: The Strange Story of Their Curious Relationship
SOMETHING MYSTERIOUS is going on inside the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). Over the past 2 years, senior leaders have been calling for something unusual and unexpected-cultural knowledge of the adversary. In July 2004, retired Major General Robert...
BATTLE: A History of Combat and Culture from Ancient Greece to Modern America
BATTLE: A History of Combat and Culture from Ancient Greece to Modern America, John A. Lynn, Westview Press, Boulder, CO, 2003, 352 pages, $27.50.In the preface to his new book, John A. Lynn writes, "This volume has come to bury the universal soldier,...
BAYONETS IN THE WILDERNESS: Anthony Wayne's Legion in the Old Northwest
BAYONETS IN THE WILDERNESS: Anthony Wayne's Legion in the Old Northwest, Alan D. Gaff, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2004, 419 pages, $39.95.Given our country's current superpower status, it is sometimes hard for us to grasp that the United States...
Black Soldiers in Blue
Black Soldiers in Blue: African American Troops in the Civil War Era, edited by John David Smith, is an eclectic compilation of stories about the outstanding black soldiers who served in the Union Army from 1861 to 1865.' This book addresses only black...
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Coalition Doctrine and LOT Houses
MEDIA HYPERBOLE and pockets of isolation were challenges for coalition forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) as they approached the mission to downsize. Situational awareness was essential. Establishing coalition doctrine through liaison and observation...
Campfires of Freedom
Campfires of FreedomWe stood like obsidian panthers In a corner of the white world.-Yusef Komunyakaa1Monash University (Australia) history professor Keith P. Wilson outlines three broad purposes for writing Camp fir es of Freedom-The Camp Life of Black...
EAGLES & BULLDOGS IN NORMANDY 1944: The American 29th Division from Omaha to St Lo, the British 3rd Infantry Division from Sword Beach to Caen
EAGLES & BULLDOGS IN NORMANDY 1944: The American 29th Division from Omaha to St Lo, the British 3rd Infantry Division from Sword Beach to Caen, Michael Reynolds, Casemate, Havertown, PA, 2003, 230 pages, $32.95.With the publication of Eagles and...
French Algeria and British Northern Ireland: Legitimacy and the Rule of Law in Low-Intensity Conflict
THE POST-COLD WAR world, with its small wars of ethnic nationalism; tribal and religious conflict; and localized and global terrorism is not so different from Europe during the era of decolonization in the late 1950s and 1960s. The ethnic and religious...
GENERAL IKE: A Personal Reminiscence
GENERAL IKE: A Personal Reminiscence, John S.D. Eisenhower, Free Press, New York, 2003, 267 pages, $16.00.General Ike: A Personal Reminiscence fills a small, but significant, gap in the literature about General Dwight D. Eisenhower. But, the book is...
Iraq: Italian Lessons Learned
CLASHES DURING the spring of 2004 put 3,000 Italian officers and soldiers to a hard test in Dhi Qhar Province in southern Iraq during Operation Antica Babilonia. The most important battles occurred in Nasiriyah near three bridges on the Euphrates River....
JEFFERSON'S WAR: America's First War on Terror 1801-1805
JEFFERSON'S WAR: America's First War on Terror 1801-1805, Joseph Whelan, Carroll & Graf, Publishers, New York, 2003, $15.00.When, and against whom, did the United States fight its first war, and who was president at the time? I suspect many well-educated...
Military Cultural Education
OVER THE PAST decade the Army has increasingly engaged in lengthy overseas deployments in which mission performance demanded significant interface with indigenous populations. Such interaction and how it affects military operations is important. In fact,...
Nicaragua: Civilians and Military after the Sandinista Revolution
IN SOCIETIES undergoing democratic transition, as in those with stable democracies, civil authorities and the army are social actors involved in conflict and in its resolution within the structure of the state. Civil-military interaction is governed...
Poets against the War
POETS AGAINST THE WAR, Sam Hamill and Sally Anderson, eds., Thunder's Mouth Press/Nation Books, New York, 2003, 263 pages, $12.95.You might not be interested in war, but war is interested in you. -Leon TrotskyAfter enjoying Sam Hamill's excellent introduction...
Ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention: Strategic and Tactical Implications
Whether or not gas will be employed in future wars is a matter of conjecture. But the effect is so deadly to the unprepared that we can never afford to neglect the question.-General John J. Pershing1CHEMICAL WEAPONS were first used in May 1915 during...
SAS: Secret War in South-East Asia
SAS: Secret War in South-East Asia, Peter Dickens, Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA, 2003, 304 pages, $19.95.A British Special Air Service (SAS) patrol leader once said, "When you see something in the jungle it's through your rifle-sight." Peter Dickens's...
SECRET COMMANDOS: Behind Enemy Lines with the Elite Warriors of SOG
SECRET COMMANDOS: Behind Enemy Lines with the Elite Warriors of SOG, John L. Plaster, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2004, 384 pages, $26.00.The U.S. Army's Studies and Observations Group (SOG) had one of the most interesting missions of the Vietnam...
Somalia: Soldiers in SOSO
MUCH HAS BEEN written recently about the U.S. military's complicated missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. One moment, they are fighting insurgents; the next, they are negotiating with local clerics. "Every soldier is a diplomat," we hear time and again....
Strategic Scouts for Strategic Corporals
The era of the "strategic corporal" is here.... The soldier of [today] must possess professional mastery of warfare, but must match this with political and media sensitivity.-LTG Peter F. Leahy, Australian Army1WHEN U.S. ARMY conventional forces deploy...
THE COAST GUARD IN WORLD WAR I: An Untold Story
THE COAST GUARD IN WORLD WAR I: An Untold Story, Alex R. Larzelere, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2003,240 pages, $32.95.The role of the U.S. Coast Guard in World War I has faded from memory because most people alive today were born after the...
The Evolution of Information Operations at Brigade and Below
THE POST-COLD WAR paradigm for U.S. forces in combat and in military operations other than war (MOOTW) is increasingly a nonlinear battlespace where brigades and battalions conduct independent operations in assigned sectors. In postcombat and peace-support...
THE FIGHTING FIRST: The Untold Story of the Big Red One on D-Day
THE FIGHTING FIRST: The Untold Story of the Big Red One on D-Day, Flint Whitlock, Westview Press, Boulder, CO, 2004, 378 pages, $30.00.Author Flint Whitlock contends that the 1st Infantry Division's role in the Normandy invasion has been overlooked,...
THEODORE ROOSEVELT JR.: The Life of a War Hero
THEODORE ROOSEVELT JR.: The Life of a War Hero, H. Paul Jeffers, Presidio Press, 2002, Novato, CA, 270 pages, $27.95.There is no question President Theodore Roosevelt was a visionary in many aspects; truly a man ahead of his time. The diversity of his...
The Philippines: Nationbuilding and Pacification
Some of the ideas in this article grew out of discussions during the 21st Annual Military History Seminar at the University of North Texas in 2003. An earlier version of the article appeared in Armed Diplomacy (Combat Studies Institute, Fort Leavenworth,...
THE SHADOW WAR AGAINST HITLER: The Covert Operations of America's Wartime Secret Intelligence Service
THE SHADOW WAR AGAINST HITLER: The Covert Operations of America's Wartime Secret Intelligence Service, Christof Mauch, Jeremiah M. Riemer, trans., Columbia University Press, New York, 2003, 333 pages, $34.50.Christof Mauch's The Shadow War Against Hitler:...
Vietnam: General Vo Nguyen Giap
Vietnam: General Vo Nguyen GiapThe Global War on Terrorism is a 21st-century conflict, but as the United States finds itself engaged in counterinsurgency operations, it is useful to look back at past experiences to see if lessons might be gleaned to...