Academic journal article Military Review

Studies in Battle Command

Academic journal article Military Review

Studies in Battle Command

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STUDIES IN BATTLE COM

MAND hy the US Army Combat Studies Institute, US Army Command and General Staff College. 175 pages. The Leavenworth Press, Leavenworth, KS. I995. No charge.

This book's 24 essays, which analyze historic combat engagements and military leaders, are worthy of every soldier's study. The preface, written by Combat Studies Institute (CSI) Director Colonel Jerry D. Morelock, states that the essays' unifying theme is "provided by the direct or indirect application . . . of the battle command competencies" to each case. These competencies include: seeing the enemy, seeing yourself, visualizing the battlefield and seeing the future.

Written by the CSI faculty, the essays discuss leaders and battles ranging from Gustavus Adolphus in the 17th century to Vietnam's Hamburger Hill. Morelock says the essays "include examples of brilliant success and dismal failure. Most of all, they offer today's military professionals perspective and insight into the essence of their calling: command and leadership. …

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