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From the Best Defense mailbag: Barry’s book on WW II battalion commanders

Today’s mailboat brings Battalion Commanders at War: U.S. Army Tactical Leadership in the Mediterranean Theater, 1942-1943, by Steven Thomas Barry. It looks very interesting. I’ve long been struck by the apparent paradox that battalion command is an important level of command — the first level at which an officer has a staff, perhaps the last ...

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Today's mailboat brings Battalion Commanders at War: U.S. Army Tactical Leadership in the Mediterranean Theater, 1942-1943, by Steven Thomas Barry.

It looks very interesting. I've long been struck by the apparent paradox that battalion command is an important level of command -- the first level at which an officer has a staff, perhaps the last at which he actually might close with the enemy, as Barry puts it -- but there are so few good books about it.

Today’s mailboat brings Battalion Commanders at War: U.S. Army Tactical Leadership in the Mediterranean Theater, 1942-1943, by Steven Thomas Barry.

It looks very interesting. I’ve long been struck by the apparent paradox that battalion command is an important level of command — the first level at which an officer has a staff, perhaps the last at which he actually might close with the enemy, as Barry puts it — but there are so few good books about it.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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