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A Rifleman Went to War (1935)

av Herbert W. McBride

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Not a history of World War One but a fact filled thesis on the use of rifle, pistol and machinegun in combat. "The chapters on sniping and machinegunnery are classics and by themselves make this book worth one's while to read. Any serious student of marksmanship will be thoroughly entertained and educated. Yet this is only part of the book's value; McBride's insights about the practicalities of surviving and winning the infantry battle are true gems, and are well worth the attention of infantrymen at every level." - Marine Corps Gazette, August 1990… (mer)

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McBride details his journey from rural America to the putrid trenches of Europe during WWI. He is one of the first to illustrate the need for scout snipers on the modern battlefield. From crossing the wire at night to targeting supply lines from concealed positions, McBride covers everything from the mundane to the horrific. Having had the compulsion to contribute during the war, even before the U.S. had formally engaged, he joined a Canadian regiment so that he could make sure that he wouldn't "miss all the action". The battlefield depictions are vivid and shocking, although they are described in a tone that is cold and analytical which seems strange given the subject matter. That said, this would be a must read for any person that may, for some reason, find themselves engaged in trench warfare. The information is delivered in such a way as to make it seem like it could have come from a boyscout manual if it wasn't so gruesome. It's more of a practical "how-to" book on war for the individual.

Although much of what McBride implemented during the war was revolutionary and groundbreaking, his overall tone of bravado takes away from the context of the material. The height of his ego can be seen when he suggests that all recruits be subjected to artillery bombardment during training, so as to prepare them for the rigours of an assault; a small percentage of casualties would be acceptable in his estimation. ( )
  labrick | Aug 16, 2009 |
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This book is dedicated to all those members of the original Twenty-first Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, who served in the Machine Gun Section during the time I had the honor to belong to that unit.
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AS THIS is the story of an alleged rifleman, I suppose it is fitting that I offer some evidence to support the allegation.
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Not a history of World War One but a fact filled thesis on the use of rifle, pistol and machinegun in combat. "The chapters on sniping and machinegunnery are classics and by themselves make this book worth one's while to read. Any serious student of marksmanship will be thoroughly entertained and educated. Yet this is only part of the book's value; McBride's insights about the practicalities of surviving and winning the infantry battle are true gems, and are well worth the attention of infantrymen at every level." - Marine Corps Gazette, August 1990

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