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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 13, 2010
The 1954 hand-to-hand combat manual is an excellent work. It is simple, to the point, clearly illustrated, and a picture of close-quarters combat in the U.S. Army after the difficult fighting on the Korean peninsula.

In 1952, the battle front stagnated along the Korean 38th parallel, and the opposing armies dug in with trenches and strong points. With this, fighting at the front took a step backward to an age of trenches and hand-to-hand fighting. The 1954 edition of the manual reflects a very pragmatic response to the conditions the Army just experienced and expected to potentially fight in again.

This book offers nothing fancy in method, but is very pragmatic in its approach. It is also a clear look into state sponsored close-quarters combat in the immediate post-Korean War period.
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