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* This book was originally published in 1954, revised in 1970, and in demand and print since then. The accounts of small-unit actions were written primarily for junior officers, noncommissioned officers, and privates of the United States Army who had not yet been in battle. The object was to acquaint the with the realities of their own fields.

Since the Korean War, some of the tools and procedures of battle have changed, but the basic conditions of combat have not. Indeed, the surprises, confusion, and problems faced on one battlefield generally resemble the difficulties met on another. Accounts of battle experience at other times in other places, then, continue to have instructive value. It is with this fact in mind that this book is being reprinted.

One of the accounts contained in the original version was omitted after a review of the source material on which it was based revealed several irreconcilable errors. All of the other episodes appearing in the 1970 revised edition continue to appear in their original form. Those who absorb the lessons they offer can substantially increase their competence as leaders and members of small units in battle, and all students of military history should find profit in these intimate and objective stories of combat action.

The Center of Military History is pleased to continue this popular work.

Washington, D.C.
20 July 1984
Brigadier General, US (Ret.)
Chief of Military History

Center of Military History
United States Army
Washington, D.C., 1987

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 70-603408

First Printed 1954-CMH Pub 30-2

For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office Washington, D.C. 20402

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