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Tgunner08 Aug 2018 6:27 a.m. PST

It's a favorite of mine too but it's been a while since I've read it. I thought the piece on the Light Infantry Division was a bit harsh but it fits with the thinking of the time: light enough to be strategic but too light to fight. However it proved to be a useful model for the '90's and into the current wars on terrorism/Iraq. However that same too light question is being looked at again with the emphasis being placed on conventional warfare again (near peer? silly concept). I wonder how the novel would have gone with the Stryker Brigade Combat Team replacing the light fighters?

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2018 10:44 a.m. PST

Sword Point is a great book, full of action, great descriptions of the tank battles, and even down to individual struggles. Harold Coyle does write a good book he is pretty brutal with his characters when he wants to. But my main beef with him and Larry Bond is they don't try very hard to make you believe that's how soldiers, Marines or sailors speak. Coyle and Bond both in different novels have shown they don't know anything about the Marine Corps. In Sword Point Coyle has a Gunny as a Platoon Sgt which is never the case unless its weapons platoon and Bond had a Marine full bird Colonel leading a bayonet attack in Korea. But that being said they are very entertaining and a good source for war gaming

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