New PDF release: Combat Ready?: The Eighth U.S. Army on the Eve of the Korean

By Col. Thomas E. Hanson

In the many years because the “forgotten battle” in Korea, traditional knowledge has held that the 8th military consisted mostly of poorly expert, undisciplined troops who fled in terror from the onslaught of the Communist forces. Now, army historian Thomas E. Hanson argues that the generalizations historians and fellow squaddies have used concerning those troops do little justice to the tens of hundreds of thousands of squaddies who labored to make themselves and their military prepared for war.

In Hanson's cautious examine of wrestle preparedness within the 8th military from 1949 to the outbreak of hostilities in 1950, he concedes that the U.S. infantrymen despatched to Korea suffered gaps of their specialist coaching, from lacking and damaged gear to inconsistently informed leaders at each point of command. yet after a 12 months of innovative, centred, and developmental collective training—based principally at the classes of strive against in global struggle II—these infantrymen anticipated to defeat the Communist enemy.
By spotting the restrictions below which the 8th military operated, Hanson asserts that students and infantrymen may be in a position to discard what Douglas Macarthur referred to as the "pernicious delusion" of the 8th Army's expert, actual, and ethical ineffectiveness.

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