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By Howard Gerrard, Ramiro Bujeiro, Steven J. Zaloga

Книга Osprey crusade №100. D-Day 1944 Osprey crusade №100. D-Day 1944 Книги Исторические Автор: Omaha seashore Формат: pdf Издат.:Osprey Страниц: ninety eight Размер: 31 Mb ISBN: 084176 367 five Язык: Английский0 (голосов: zero) Оценка:Сериявоенных книгCampaign от Osprey.

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At this intersection, such insistence was not as irrational as one might expect. During the American Civil War, most observers, North and South, agreed that only about half of the men in combat units actually remained in the firing line.

20 The hohei soten (the infantry field manual), published in 1909, rejected the implications of the new, revolutionary technology that the Japanese army had encountered—the machine gun in particular. This new, murderous weapon necessitated fighting in open order, rather than in closed order as before. In open order combat each soldier is expected to fight on his own whenever he is separated from his commanding officer or when that officer himself has fallen in battle. Logically, this type of combat requires considerable initiative on the part of the individual soldier, but the military elites resisted this logic because it threatened the social order and the army’s position in it.

During the resulting Russo-Japanese War of 1904–05, seishin seemed once again triumphant. During the siege of Port Arthur and later, on the plains of Manchuria at Mukden, Japanese soldiers hurled themselves as “human bullets” against Russian machine-gun fire, leaving some 90,000 corpses on those fields. The country mourned its dead, but battlefield success resulted in the acquisition of Port Arthur, Russian withdrawal from Manchuria and the eventual annexation of Korea. This was a dramatic and successful further incursion into the world of colonial competition, and the Japanese army was, understandably enough, reluctant to change the tactics that had yielded such gains.

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