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A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR OF ;
Dear Major :
This ARMY TALK is a narrative. It ' s
a story of Combat Orientation, learned
the hard way. We think it has a punch—
but we'd like to know what you think of
this topic . We have met Alexei Kulikov,
Russian Soldier, just as you are meeting
him, through reading this issue.
" The flight of a bullet, and hence, the
flight of death has its own law, and you
must know this law, " says Alexei. " But
the coward under fire rushes about ; the
coward sees nothing and any bullet can
find him . He lies down in a fire-swept
. . even with the rifle he is unarmed.
. . He is no fighter, he is a target ."
Maybe the Russian idea of a " coward "
is a soldier who lets his unit and his
companions down through neglect of
What do you think of this ARMY
TALK as a discussion subject to stimulate
appreciation of an ally, to increase under-
standing of what we are fighting for ?
Do you ever find time to read an occasional
issue ? If so I would greatly appreciate
getting your point of view. Have your
company officers made any reports to you
ou the reaction of the troops to the various
discussion topics presented through
ARMY TALKS ?
ARMY TALKS are prepared to assist
your discussion leaders in fulfilling your
responsibility to conduct weekly Combat
Orientation discussions in training time.
The ARMY TALKS staff prepares
discussion material from- authoritative
sources for distribution down to company
level . They seek to present informative
material—to give reasons why we fight,
who we fight, and how we should fight to
attain victory . These are in no sense
lectures ; they are discussion topics, to
stimulate thought and ideas through a
free interchange of ideas, not to jam
indoctrination down the soldier's throat.
Maybe we ' re on the right track ; maybe
we're close to it--perhaps we are missing
it in some respects . The answer as to
how effective these ARMY TALKS are
in helping to fulfill your mission is partly
the way they are received by your troops,
but mainly t