Another volume in Praeger's The Military Profession series, this revised edition of the 1984 Praeger classic tells the story of infantry in the 20th century and its impact on the major conflicts of our time. Its purpose is to provide the reader--whether infantryman or not--with hitherto unavailable insights on the role that infantry plays in the larger battle and how that has helped shape the world that we live in today. Unique aspects of the book include the treatment of technical issues in non-technical language, the extensive use of German and French sources generally unavailable to the English-speaking reader, and the shattering of some long-cherished myths. Combat motivation and combat refusal, the role played by small units (such as the squad and fire team), the role of infantry in the Blitzkrieg, and many other issues often papered over in the literature of infantry are discussed and analyzed in detail in this revised edition.
About the Author:
JOHN A. ENGLISH is the author of the classic first edition of On Infantry (Praeger, 1984) and of The Canadian Army and the Normandy Campaign (Praeger, 1991)./e He currently teaches at Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario and is the editor of a new Praeger series, War Studies.
BRUCE I. GUDMUNDSSON, who lives in Quantico, Virginia, is the Editor of Tactical Notebook and co-host of the weekly television program Modern War. His other books include Stormtroop Tactics (Praeger, 1989) and On Artillery (Praeger, 1993). He is the editor of the Praeger series, The Military Profession.