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- File size : 21275 KB
- Publication date : November 3, 2009
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 287 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B004UI0ZEO
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Publisher : Skyhorse; Illustrated edition (November 3, 2009)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #214,200 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I recently purchased this (U.S. Army Hand-to-Hand Combat put out by the Department of the Army) dated, but very interesting book.
For those who are into the military combative systems, the U.S. Army has revised their official program which now includes various Gracie Jiu-jitsu ground tactics etc. In my opinion, as well as some U.S. Army veterans I know, this fantastic book is still valid for the purposes of the taking out the enemy. In fact, many of the present take combative systems are actually based upon the material in this informative manual. In spite of the poor quality of the photographs I maintain that most of the information in it is as valid today as it was during WW1, 2.
191 page manual is organized into ten chapters. Chapters one to three cover the basic introduction, fundamentals of hand-to-hand combat and vulnerable points of the body. Chapter four covers knife attack methods. Chapter five explains how to silence sentries. Chapter six shows fall positions and throws. Chapter seven focuses on holds and escapes. Chapter eight covers various disarming methods. Chapter nine deals with prisoner handling. The final chapter covers the instructor and safety instructions. There is also a great index in this book. This is a true military combatives manual.
Even though I question some of the procedures used in some of the techniques shown in this manual; nevertheless, most of the material can be effective when combined with an instructor showing all the finer points of a technique.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale: (Author: Tactical Principles of the most effective combative systems).
Can be a bit overwhelming if trying to take it all in with one full read. Break it apart into weeks or at least days and re-read. Over. And over. Again.
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Talking of illustrations, I just want to take a moment to sing the praises of images in this manual. Not because they clearly demonstrate the stages in each manoeuvre, because they don't. No the images in this book are, bluntly, HILARIOUS. Trust me, it's worth getting the book just for a look, even if you don't intend on reading it.
On the side of historical curiosity, this is an interesting document, showing how fighting styles, training and even photographic techniques have changed in the last 60 years. Just in terms of cinematography there is a whole ear of 1960s stunt fighting which draws inspiration from the techniques demonstrated in this book.