In the Middle of the Fight

In the Middle of the Fight

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An analysis of the performance of medium-armored forces across the range of military operations since World War I yields insights with significant implications for U.S. Army decisions about fielding these units in the future. The authors find that medium-armored forces fare poorly against competent, heavily armored opponents, and that the Stryker and Future Combat Systems will not fill the void created by the retirement of the M551 Sheridan.The tank destroyer and its doctrine were imposed as a response to antiarmor warfare by General McNair. ... this report, inadequate in the realm of ground-air doctrine, and procedures were largely ad hoc: a€œNo manual existed except Field Manual 31-35 ... which had been obsolete for years. ... 67 The General Board, United States Forces, European Theater, Tank Gunnery, Study Number 53, circa 1946, p.

Title:In the Middle of the Fight
Author: David Eugene Johnson, Adam Grissom, Olga Oliker
Publisher:Rand Corporation - 2008

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