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Commentary on Infantry Weapons Korea 1950 51

Commentary on Infantry Weapons Korea 1950 51

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S.L.A. Marshall's study on infantry weapons and their use in the Korean War
S.L.A. Marshall's study on infantry weapons and their use in the Korean War

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by
S. L.
A.
Marshall*.N
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Commentary
On
INFANTRY OPERATIONS
AND WEAPONS USAGE
IN KOREA
Winter of 195031byS. L. A. Marshall
The operations of Eighth Army which formed the basis for this study were of the periodof maximum reverse and then recovery.The report does not reach back to the initialperiod when troops were green and our commitments were so limited that there was seldoma chance for an equal fight on local ground.Nor does it extend forward into the periodwhen the fronts became stabilized and positional warfare ensued. It focuses exclusivelyupon the campaign of the first winter in which 8th Army experienced its greatest and mostprolonged stress; the conditions peculiar to that period provide the best opportunity for theclear profiling of weapons, tactical and leadership values in combat against the backgroundof training methods and the armament program.The author of the report developed the post-combat company critique technique inCentral Pacific Theater and then applied it in European Theater during World War II.He used the same general method in Korea, beginning with the November battle.The onemajor change for OR0 purposes was that the method was amplified so as to include moreprecise detail on the logistics of the infantry fight and place primary emphasis on the fightingcharacteristics of the new enemy.The commentary is divided into three parts -the behavior of men in the use ofweapons, the behavior of weapons as men use them, and the use of information in augmentingfighting power.The first draft of this work was studied and criticized by 43 divisional, regimental,and battalion commanders who had successfully led troops in the winter campaign.Theywere asked to give it the best of their attention, strengthening, sharpening, and refiningit where needed. Where the work may have any special merit, it is because of the unani-mously generous spirit of cooperation with which they responded. For such opinions andjudgments as are expressed herein, however, the author of the report accepts sole responsibility.
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The conclusions and recommendations of the Reportabstracted here are those of the Operations ResearchOffice. No official approval by the Department oft.he Army, express or implied, should be inferred.
UNCLASSIFIED
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the National Defense of the United States within
the meaning of the Espionage Laws, Title 18,
U.S.C., Sections 793 and 794. The trauemition
or the revelation of its contenta in any mmmer
to an unauthorized person is prohibited by law.
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