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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting insight into running a modern war campaign, 24 July 2011
This review is from: Defeat Into Victory (Pan Military Classics) (Paperback)
I am no soldier/General, but I am interested to know about the subject. I read this because I wanted to write a book involving war scenarios and wanted to know what it was like to run a campaign with (more or less) current technology. I guess very modern conflicts are too recent and unresolved to get such established brilliant accounts of how to do things well. I suppose we are still not sure how we ought to be conducting modern wars against abstract/elusive enemies like 'terror' and 'drugs'.

But this was about a war where the enemy and the intended objectives were a fair bit clearer. Viscount Slim's mind is a fun place to hang out for the duration of the book (it was for me) and I felt a better appreciation for the terrible risks and gambles he and others around him had to make to try to defeat a formidable opponent in the jungle. The casualties and death statistics are huge when they are mentioned later on in the book. I had no idea it was the young officers that got killed off so much - standing up to be seen and to inspire and lead their men. Willingly they would draw fire and invite their own death. They led by example and paid for it so we could live better lives. I just hope we can avoid the need to make such sacrifices (on such a scale anyway) again.
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