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asa1066 Inactive Member15 Feb 2012 6:42 a.m. PST

A Marine friend of mine pointed this out to me:

Vanguard of Valor: Small Unit Actions in Afghanistan
by Donald P. Wright, Ph. D.

PDF link

I haven't read it yet but it sounds like it would be of interest to gamers and game designers.

David S.

epturner Inactive Member15 Feb 2012 6:56 a.m. PST

If you go to the CARL website, there are quite a few pubs like this that are available to the general public.

Just google "CARL" Combined Arms Research Library, and you can putter around and find these things.


Sumo Boy15 Feb 2012 8:15 a.m. PST

Thanks for pointing that out!

Combined Arms Research Library:

COL Scott0again Inactive Member15 Feb 2012 11:01 a.m. PST

I actually know several of the MHD (Military History Detachment) personnel who were given this task by then GEN Petraeus.

The US Army has several small teams of Soldiers with the mission to go into the field and gather historically significant data know as MHD's. Usually this is higher level stuff for the "official" history that is written years later, this mission was specific to allow the lessons to be learned when lives could be saved. The MHD's went to locations where the battles were fought (still not always safe) and spoke to as many living participants as possible.

Every time I see missions like this I wish we had something similar in the past that most of us wargame. There might be less argueing about details when the questions and answers are already recorded.

In the interest of truth, I am the commander of a MHD with oversight to three other MHD's to include several who gatered data for this project. It is mentioned in the acknowledgements section but those who put their boots on the ground are not mentioned by name.

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