History paper - Dustin Johnston His 386 Dr Bruce American Fighting Men in Asia A Cursory Examination of Three Major Battles The life of American

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Dustin Johnston His 386 Dr. Bruce 5/4/2008 American Fighting Men in Asia; A Cursory Examination of Three Major Battles The life of American soldiers at war in the twentieth century is not the simple push button warfare that most people would like you to believe. On the contrary, each battle is unique. This is why the American soldiers are one of the greatest fighting forces in the world. It is not because of brilliant military leadership, great technological advantages or even superior firepower; but rather their ability to adapt to the ever- changing battlefield after days, weeks, and sometimes, even months of being kicked around. It is inevitable that the twentieth century American soldier will force the American army to adapt to any and every situation. However, even after hundreds of years of technological breakthroughs, the majority of battles that American military men were involved in, especially in Asia were face-to-face, hand-to-hand combat, averaging distances less than twenty yards. This is because no matter how advanced your battlefield technologies may be, if your adversary can get up close and personal, then all your sophisticated military technologies are thrown out the window in favor of more barbaric tactics. Whether they were fighting the armed forces of the Imperial Japanese navy in the three day long battle of Tarawa in WWI, the armed forces of the so called “Chinese
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People’s Volunteer Army” in the battle of Pork Chop Hill in Korea, or the Viet Cong in the tunnels of Cu Chi in Vietnam, there are several factors that each situation shared. The first, and most obvious, of these similarities was that all three of the conflicts were fought more than 6,000 miles and up to 8,000 miles from the United States at the end of the American military’s reach. This presented significant problems for the average fighting man because not only is he being asked to leave his family and go to one of the most remote places on earth, but is also being asked to do so with a time delay placed upon everything from reinforcements, new troops, mail and arms. The second, and probably more important, of the similarities was that in every one of these three
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History paper - Dustin Johnston His 386 Dr Bruce American Fighting Men in Asia A Cursory Examination of Three Major Battles The life of American

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