3 out of 4 stars
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Shoot, Move and Communicate is a non-fictional novel by Albert Dixon. The book is dedicated to all artillerymen, past, present and future. The story is about the author’s one year service in two units of artillery in Vietnam.
Albert Dixon was an instructor in Artillery school at Camp Pendleton, California in the early months of 1966. He was involved in instructing men on the use of the 105mm Howitzer. After the defeat of the French in Vietnam, in early 1966, the fifth marine division was reactivated at Camp Pendleton. He was part of the sergeants requested to join the fifth marine division for an operation in Vietnam.
None of them had been in a combat situation before, so, they do not know anything of what Vietnam holds for them. The closest He had been, had been during Cuban missile crisis in 1962. Now four years later they are off to Vietnam. How would they do?
You will read how Dixon entered Vietnam as a green untested combat artilleryman and left as a seasoned one. The book is quite a detailed one on his experience in Vietnam. He included their journey to different villages onshore and offshore, their relationship with each other within a section, the different equipment needed by an artilleryman and the function of an artilleryman in a war operation.
Some of the author’s real-life experiences were funny and interesting to read. Like after just a month out of the boot camp, he was given an instruction, and he started referring to himself in the third person. “Sir, the private knows nothing about the radio sir.” That is just one of many funny experiences of the author.
Albert Dixon provided pictures and some data involved in the operation of the howitzer during an operation. The data provided includes weight, muzzle velocity, the rate of fire, elevation, limits of traverse and traverse per turn of the hand wheel.
This is my first time reading a non-fiction novel and I enjoyed this one in totality. The author did a good job as he included enough details to make readers follow his story. He rightly described environment and situation expertly than one will expect for a marine. The author also made sure the date of each event were included so as readers will be able to follow the story in sequence without getting lost in the book. I learnt a lot about the artilleryman.
I will recommend this novel to lovers of non-fiction novel, particularly, to an artilleryman or prospective artilleryman. I rate Shoot, Move and Communicate 3 out of 4 stars. A star was deducted because I noticed some errors like missing quotations, spelling errors, and missing punctuations. Further editing is needed. I enjoyed the author’s Vietnam experience.
Shoot, Move and Communicate
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