Academic journal article Military Review

THE NORTH KOREAN PEOPLE'S ARMY: Origins and Current Tactics

Academic journal article Military Review

THE NORTH KOREAN PEOPLE'S ARMY: Origins and Current Tactics

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THE NORTH KOREAN PEOPLE'S ARMY: Origins and Current Tactics, James M. Minnich, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2005,164 pages, $27.95.

James M. Minnich, a U.S. Army foreign area officer in the Republic of Korea (ROK), leveraged 23 years of military experience as he crafted his study of the historical development, current organization, and tactics of the North Korean People's Army (NKPA). A graduate of the Republic of Korea Army College with Korean language skills and rare access to senior ROK Army personnel, Minnich utilized valuable primary source materials. The annotated bibliography alone makes this text an outstanding addition to the shelf of any military or civilian assigned to the Korean peninsula. Minnich's expertise in North Korean tactics is undeniable, and the list of known personalities in the field of security studies who have positively reviewed this book is impressive.

The text is divided into two sections: The first recaps North Korea's military development since the Japanese occupation prior to World War II; the second is an unclassified, authoritatively well-referenced exposition of modem North Korean tactics. …

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