The long-dead hand of S.L.A. Marshall continues to mislead historians and military planners

Bateman, Robert L.
January 2007
Military History;Jan/Feb2007, Vol. 23 Issue 10, p19
The article focuses on the deceptions made by author S.L.A. Marshall about the history of militaries through his works. The book "Men Against Fire," which is said to be a work of fiction has been continuously read by officers and historians. It states that Marshall made up facts to support his personal theories.


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