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Using the 37th Division in the Pacific Theater and the 87th in Europe as case studies, Walker presents a vivid picture of the dangers involved in FO duty and shows how vitally important forward observers were to the success of ground operations in a variety of scenarios.
Army Historical Foundation, Distinguished Writing Award. The book is published by University of Oklahoma Press.
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By Ben James on 12-27-17
From a current Forward Observer (0861/13F)
I’m absolutely thrilled to have found a book dedicated to the Forward Observer (FO). For 16 years, I have served in this field as a Marine and as a Soldier, including tours in South Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan. I’ve served at levels from platoon to Division.
This book does an excellent job at detailing the evolution of our profession. We often refer to ourselves as the ‘red headed step children’ of the infantry, and it seems our work is often overlooked.
This book is well-worth the listen. A modern FO might be disappointed. It’s apparent the author and/or narrator didn’t consult a current FO. My fellow Artillerists, you must forgive. It is worth the gratification that we now have a book dedicated to the efforts our FO brethren performed in the past. I’m hopeful more will follow.
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