Author Topic: Tactical Manual - Small Unit Tactics by Max Velocity Tactical  (Read 374 times)

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   This tactical manual gives the reader a comprehensive overview that focuses on squad and team field operations.  The book has 428 pages, so it does a decent job of explaining small unit tactics and there are plenty of drawings and illustrations.  For me, the chapters on patrolling, tactical vehicle movement, and combat doctrine were especially informative.  The author(s) spend over 100 pages explaining the nuances of patrol, and you can tell that they have considerable practical experience performing patrol duties.  Coming from a background of no military experience, I found the book to be interesting and informative.

    However, I believe the book could have been much better if it was professionally edited.  The information on field craft and basics could have been presented in a better manner, instead of just throwing the information out there haphazardly.  Other times they glide over information that could be vital.  For instance, hand signals are mentioned, but then the author(s) say that readers can simply google for information regarding hand signals.  Why not just provide a few pertinent hand signal diagrams?  The book is already at 428 pages, what's one more page?

     All in all, the book provides an enormous amount of information.  It would still be a good idea to take a practical class which would reinforce the principles that are outlined in the book.  There's nothing like real world experience.  Max Velocity Tactical offers classes which most likely use the information provided in this book. 

     Overall, I'd give the book 4 out of 5 stars.

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Re: Tactical Manual - Small Unit Tactics by Max Velocity Tactical
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2018, 06:25:03 PM »
Been waiting for a review of this book.
Wasn't sure to buy it since I already own 2 copies of the author's excellent "Contact!"

Contact! uses a bit of an essay format and has great conctent....and i understand this new book has more of a manual character which can be useful.

I dont begrudge Max not including Hand signals.. he was probably under pressure to keep page count low.. even tho its a fair criticism if it is a manual..
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Re: Tactical Manual - Small Unit Tactics by Max Velocity Tactical
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2018, 04:42:24 PM »
Somebody needs to write a book on Lone Wolf Tactics. Small group tactics is good but, "Two can keep a secret if one of them is dead". I'm pretty sure Lone Wolf and Small Group would be similar because it most likely would be hit and run tactics. When things go bad, there are going to be a lot of situations where a person would be completely on their own.

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Re: Tactical Manual - Small Unit Tactics by Max Velocity Tactical
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2018, 05:00:43 PM »
Somebody needs to write a book on Lone Wolf Tactics. Small group tactics is good but, "Two can keep a secret if one of them is dead". I'm pretty sure Lone Wolf and Small Group would be similar because it most likely would be hit and run tactics. When things go bad, there are going to be a lot of situations where a person would be completely on their own.

I think for an insurgency type situation a lone wolf approach may have some use not sure about Post-Apoc.

but even in an insurgency.. some of the very best tactics presuppose 2 men.. for example a (motorcycle) driver and a shooter
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