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The Combat SoldierInfantry Tactics and Cohesion in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries$
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Anthony King

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199658848

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658848.001.0001

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(p.266) 9 Training
The Combat Soldier

Anthony King

Oxford University Press

In order to execute increasingly sophisticated combat choreographies, training has been critical. This chapter explores how training generates cohesion and examines advances in training techniques, especially in relation to close-quarters battle. It describes the appearance of a new urban training infantry structure in western countries. The chapter plots not only improved forms of tactical training but the introduction of mental training techniques, the combat mindset, or resilience, borrowed from elite sport. The chapter examines the individual and collective significance of psychological training to combat performance.

Keywords:   section attacks, urban combat, combat mindset, mental training, resilience

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