Retreading in response to Gen Screwtape
With the Attritionist Letters, the Gazette has begun a campaign to uncover the Marine Corps' attritionist tendencies. Astute and damning, within each letter we get a lesson about what it means to possess the maneuver mentality, and a description of how we might be failing our maneuverist tenets.
To further the discussion, and help Marines in becoming aware of where we are and where we need to be, perhaps the Gazette could dredge out some old maneuverist articles.
While everyone has access to the archives, not everyone uses them. It might be good to knock the dust off a few of those originals that helped initiate the so-called "Quantico Renaissance."
In Oct 1981 there was a letter to the Gazette titled "Maneuver Warfare Board at Lejeune." Toward the end of the letter, it lists several articles as background reading for understanding Maneuver Warfare, perhaps these articles would be a good place to start. They are listed here:
Oct79: Capt S. W. Miller, Winning through maneuver, Part I-Countering the offensive.
Dec79: Capt S. W. Miller, Winning through maneuver, Conclusion-Countering the defense.
Mar80: William S. Lind, Defining maneuver warfare for the Marine Corps.
Sep80 Maj William C. Fite, Some lessons from the Israelis.
Apr81: Capt G. I. Wilson, The Maneuver Warfare Concept.
Sep 81: William S. Lind, Tactics in Maneuver Warfare
A few of these if re-published, , especially Mr. Linds' and Maj Fites', could offer much in furthering the discussion the Attritionist letters are pursuing.
Last edited by 5th_Req; 07-06-2010 at 01:36 PM.