Military Doctrines - Reading List

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  1. Antimony

    Antimony Regular Member

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    This is reading list for miliatary doctrines from around the world. An understanding of these

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    US military doctrines: The US DoD develops a published doctrines for different arms of the US Miliarty. The US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) is responsible for developing Army doctrine, Naval Warfare Development Command (NWDC) Doctrine Department coordinates development, publication, and maintenance of US Navy doctrine, while HQ, USAF, publishes Air force doctrine

    Link to the motherload of US Military Manuals
    Army Field Manuals

    Here are some of the important ones

    US Army Field Manual 3.0 - Grandaddy of all full spectrum Operations, and an extremely hard read. Many other doctrines are derived out of this one, like the Indian and Chinese doctrines
    FM3-0 TABLE OF CONTENTS Operations

    US Army Staff College Student Text Battlebook
    ST 100-3 Battle Book

    US Army Field Manual 3.0 - Mission Command:Command and Control of Army Forces
    FM 6-0 Table of Contents
     
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  3. Antimony

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    Doctrines from US Army Infantry Units - From Rifle Sections to Brigades

    US Army Field Manual 7-8: INFANTRY RIFLE PLATOON AND SQUAD
    FM 7-8 Table of Contents

    US Army Field Manual 7-10: THE INFANTRY RIFLE COMPANY
    FM 7-10 Table of Contents

    US Army Field Manual 7-20: INFANTRY BATTALION
    FM 7-20 Table of Contents

    US Army Field Manual 7-30: INFANTRY BRIGADE
    FM 7-30 Table of Contents

    These cover just the infantry units. There are separate doctrines that cover mechanized, artillery, engineer and other types of units.

    Can someone find the Indian equivalent?
     
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    cold start doctrine..
     
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    Soham DFI TEAM Senior Member

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    Thank you all. Very informative reads.
     
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    This is an analysis of the doctrine, not the actual document thanks nonetheless.

    I think I saw the actual Doctrinal document somewhere, will try to get it

    Does anyone have the original "Sundarji doctrine"? I am also trying to get my hands on the recently published Counterinsurgency and Joint Amphibious Operations doctrines
     
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    Ratus Ratus Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    Just because its there does not mean it is current.
     
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    Ratus Ratus Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    See my post above. All Inf FMs are now FM 3-xxx The Inf FM 7 series are superseded.
     
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    Officer of Engineers Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    The new stuff ain't open source, Captain. Otherwise, I give them to my wife to get her to sleep.
     
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    Ratus Ratus Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    I know, they don't know. I tried 'She Who Must be Obeyed' with an old version of one of these. Did not work, she object to lack of story line so the concept does not work.

    Now a scotch does wonders.

    And some of it is straight boring. Try FM 3-0 or FM 3-07 and I don't mean the ones at global security.
     
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    Officer of Engineers Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    Good idea, Captain, openning a bottle of Glen Breton right now.
     
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    Colonel, Sir I feel we are digressing into the land of the selective palate. This may be outside the scope of learning for the many present.

    On topic though, it is interesting to look at the development and the content style of presentation of the US FMs over an extended time frame.
    One simple example would be:
    FM 7-20 Infantry Field Manual Rifle Battalion - 1942
    FM 7-20 Infantry Field Manual Rifle Battalion – 1944
    FM 7-20 Infantry Rifle Battalion - 1992
    FM 3-21.20 The Infantry Rifle Battalion - XXX

    The 1942 version is a merger 280 odd pages vs the XXX vintage of some 600 pages.
    I also not a bit more detail re organisation has appeared in the XXX version cf the ’92 style.

    I think I prefer the Aust ones, no big print and use bigger words, also smaller in size.
    I always feel the FMs present the blueprint to follow, sort of giving you how you will do it line vs the Aust ones which provides a loose guide and you are expected to use intelligence to make a decision.
    I presume the Canadian manuals have a similar line as the Aust ones?
     
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    Officer of Engineers Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    We used pictures in ours. Now, where are the crayons ...
     
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    thanks Captain,
    I did not know that. Would you be able to provide links to the latest versions that are open source?
     
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    All the FMs are taken off line and are restricted to internal use. Though some are not class protected, they remained restricted use. That includes the British, Canadian, and Australian FMs as well.

    The current ones running around the internet are the older copies that while not class protected, are also not being offerred on line anymore.
     
  18. Ratus Ratus

    Ratus Ratus Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    Antimony:
    As the good COL pointed out you don't get to see the new stuff.
    Many countries do not even release their old FMs even after the 'Restricted' classification has run its course. I know that is the general case here in Australia.

    Also I will point out that the FMs you have seen tend to be at least 2 versions out of date literally. That means their use is really only good for civis who want to play civilian/public domain tactical war games according to a sort of 'real' set of doctrine. If you work with the military tactical sims they are useless.
    They do have a historical concept if you are a historian of tactical and strategic behavior.

    Now if you really want a nice set of these FMs try this site, but it will cost you about US$55 to get the complete set of CDs.
    Army Training, Engineering and Medical CD Collection at USHistoricalArchive.com

    So if you want to join the army, expect to be an officer and crash hot tactically, you need to do a few fundamentals. But that becomes another story and longer than this post.
     
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    All I want to do is talk down a fellow civvie who talks tactical trash on forums like these, and then slink away when a rea pro saunters in :D

    But seriously, since this is a military forum and especially this section is labelled strategy and tactics, I thought that folks would do well to read up military theory a bit.

    By the way, are you on worldaffairsboard (WAB)?
     
  20. Ratus Ratus

    Ratus Ratus Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    Well the material will give you some form of understanding.

    I am on many boards in one form or the other, WAB being one.
    (If you walk through the bush and leave no tracks, if your troops say and believe you can appear from nowwhere; you are a shadow.) That applies very much, like the name. :D
     
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