We’re pleased to announce that Marine Corps Tank Battles in the Middle East is now available from Casemate!
In this new release, Oscar Gilbert describes how Marine Corps tankers have been used to wage a smarter kind of war during our fights in Iraq and the post-9/11 years.
You can download a free chapter excerpt from this book here.
An Interview with Oscar E. Gilbert:
What fascinates you about revisiting the past and bringing it to life in a book?
In my professional life I was always something of an iconoclast, and that carries over into my writing. I never accept anything as the final word on a subject. I like to re-examine history based on interviews with veterans, read original period documents, and if at all possible to tour the old battlefields, and not just recycle previous accounts. In doing this I have found that much of historical “common knowledge” is just plain wrong. It’s also supremely important to view historical events, attitudes, and behaviors through the eyes of the historical participants, and not filter them through our own culture and personal attitudes. For example it is easy to condemn the surprisingly common practice of killing prisoners without understanding what drives men to murder. “One captain was sitting in the front line eating his lunch with one hand and shooting the snipers with the other as they came out to surrender.….he said he had had several wounded Jocks shot on their stretchers.” (Peter Hart, The Somme, p. 179)
When and how did you become interested in Military history?
I was always interested in military history since childhood. One of my longest assignments in the Marine Corps Reserve was as a battalion training NCO, teaching the required annual “refresher” courses on a number of subjects, including history of the Marine Corps.
More titles from Oscar E. Gilbert:
|Marine Corps Tank
Battles in Korea
|Marine Corps Tank
Battles in Vietnam
|Tanks in Hell|