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Combat Team: The Captains' War - An Interactive Exercise in Company Level Command in Battle Paperback – 1 Jul 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Presidio Press (1 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891416358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891416357
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,360,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Antal is a US Army lieutenant colonel at the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania and the author of the acclaimed Armor Attacks: The Tank Platoon.


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I have served in the military for 12 years up to the rank of Captain and can confirm that the book is realistic. Sometimes you die a bit too soon, but this is what war is about, no kidding. Still, sound judgment could lead to victory on the 1st or 2nd try.
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Should be required reading for all Army officers. If you want to be able to save "Private Ryan" someday, Captain, then you'd better start working on this book. Antal is a master of leadership and tactics and excels in his ability to teach the reader these difficult subjects. He is also a fascinating storyteller. His characters and the events they experience are vibrant but ,unlike other novels, you don't just observe the action you live it. Your active participation in the decisionmaking process lets you come as close as possible to truly experiencing the leadership challenges faced by today's young commanders. A must read for anyone who wishes to improve their leadership skills and to better understand America's Army.
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The third interactive exercise by this author deals with tank warfare at company level: Two Abrams platoons and two Bradley platoons are tasked to fight through difficult terrain in order to assist surrounded friendlies behind enemy lines. The reader can experience different phases of combat and make decisions which determine the outcome of a whole operation. The book teaches some basic military tactics, because obvious tactical mistakes will immediately lead to friendly losses.For professional soldiers (especially tankers) this exercise should be no challenge. Nevertheless it's more interesting and colourful than most of the decision games I faced so far. For people with military interests this book is worth reading anyway.
By the way: The author seems to like quotations. Every section starts with one. I wonder why you can only encounter German sources here if you choose the wrong decision somewhere. As a German officer I don't mind - as long as that doesn't mean anything...
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ca995b8) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c974f30) out of 5 stars Review from Parameters Magazine 17 Dec. 2000
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An  unusual book that deals with leadership at the tactical level.  "Combat Team: The Captain's War, An Interactive Exercise in Company Level Command in Battle, is by John F. Antal, an Army officer presently serving in the office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The premise of the book, which the author describes as a "scrambled text"; is that the reader commands a company-sized combined arms team and leads it through a series of combat situations. The "scrambled text" requires an action at the end of each section of the book. Readers will jump to specified sections of the narrative based on a roll of the dice or decisions they have made while working through each section. This replication of a profoundly nonlinear process illustrates the passage from Clausewitz's On War with which Antal introduces the Foreword: "Everything in war is simple, but the simplest thing is difficult. The difficulties accumulate and end by producing a kind of friction that is inconceivable unless one has experienced war." From PARAMETERS, US Army War College Quarterly, The United States Army's Senior Professional Journal,  Winter 1998, pp. 143-44.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cde90e4) out of 5 stars Once again an interesting work! 22 Jun. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The third interactive exercise by this author deals with tank warfare at company level: Two Abrams platoons and two Bradley platoons are tasked to fight through difficult terrain in order to assist surrounded friendlies behind enemy lines. The reader can experience different phases of combat and make decisions which determine the outcome of a whole operation. The book teaches some basic military tactics, because obvious tactical mistakes will immediately lead to friendly losses.For professional soldiers (especially tankers) this exercise should be no challenge. Nevertheless it's more interesting and colourful than most of the decision games I faced so far. For people with military interests this book is worth reading anyway.
By the way: The author seems to like quotations. Every section starts with one. I wonder why you can only encounter German sources here if you choose the wrong decision somewhere. As a German officer I don't mind - as long as that doesn't mean anything...
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d226e88) out of 5 stars Realistic, detailed, thought provoking 4 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Should be required reading for all Army officers. If you want to be able to save "Private Ryan" someday, Captain, then you'd better start working on this book. Antal is a master of leadership and tactics and excels in his ability to teach the reader these difficult subjects. He is also a fascinating storyteller. His characters and the events they experience are vibrant but ,unlike other novels, you don't just observe the action you live it. Your active participation in the decisionmaking process lets you come as close as possible to truly experiencing the leadership challenges faced by today's young commanders. A must read for anyone who wishes to improve their leadership skills and to better understand America's Army.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cdcde4c) out of 5 stars Combat Team; effective leadership both teaches and learns 25 Feb. 2000
By Alan M. Birnbaum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Few Americans will ever actively lead a combat unit, like the combined tank and mechanized infantry force led by the fictional Army captain in John Antal's COMBAT TEAM, yet almost anyone who must direct the efforts of others, whether it be in business, education or healthcare, can and should learn the central lesson of all the books in Colonel Antal's series of three interactive combat scenarios. To succeed, a commander at any level must develop and consider all reasonable options, then delegate authority enhanced his or her expertise, augmented in turn by what the teacher gains from the student. As the captain commands he also learns from his lieutenants, sergeants and privates. This principle should guide us all, regardless of uniform, or mission in life.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c9752f0) out of 5 stars An effective teaching guide on decision making 17 Sept. 2000
By Ron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is fun and interactive. You are thrust into an immediate combat situation and are given a company of tanks, you have very little time to organize and to get to know your men. So how do you find success? Who do you rely on? What kind of information do you need before you can make your decision? This book will challenge your assumptions, preconceptions, and your skill in making sense out of information in battle.
Good luck and Enjoy!
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