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March 08, 2005

Battleground Fallujah: A Detailed Report From the Front

Long but very interesting after-action report written by one Marine sergeant and his corporals.

A couple of takeaways. First, it's one thing to have a vague impression of the difficulty of fighting in a dense and very randomly-built city, but the little details about the houses and streets make it more vivid. And give the reader a better understanding of what our boys are confronting.

Second: What a well-written report! It's been said that sergeants in the American military are the equivalent, in terms of responsibility and intelligence and training, to colonels in many other armies, where enlisted men and even mid-level officers just aren't trusted to do much of anything except follow orders. This report would seem to demonstrate that; it reads like the product of a military intelligence workgroup, rather than that of a seargeant and his corporals reporting from the field.

Very long... you may have to read, stop reading, and come back to it later. But very interesting.

Thanks to NickS.


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