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The Truth of War

Lethality in Combat, A study of the Real Nature of Battle

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Authors: Tom Lewis
World Wars, Military Campaign
153mm x 234mm

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The Truth of War unveils a penetrating exploration of the most contentious facets of military combat, delving into the necessity of killing, the complex decisions surrounding the taking or sparing of prisoners, and the intricate dilemmas concerning the targeting of civilians. With a profound analysis of seven significant conflicts, this book challenges conventional beliefs, arguing that war possesses its own set of rules that often diverge from society’s established laws and values.
At its core, the book confronts the harsh reality that soldiers engaged in close-quarter combat must swiftly adapt to become efficient killers in order to survive, emphasising the stark choice they face, hone their lethal skills or meet a perilous demise. The author contends that the requirements of war demand an unflinching acceptance of this disturbing truth.

By drawing from history, encompassing conflicts such as the Boer War, World Wars I and II, the wars in Korea, Vietnam, the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan, the author presents a comprehensive examination of the ethical dilemmas embedded within each episode. Through meticulous research and vivid storytelling, The Truth of War peels back the layers of sanitised perceptions, exposing the gritty realities that within the realm of warfare.

In unveiling the hidden truths and complexities of war, this brilliant and thought-provoking book shines a blazing light on the multifaceted nature of combat, challenging readers to reevaluate their preconceived notions and confront the uncomfortable truths that lie at the heart of humanity’s most enduring and controversial endeavour – war.

Tom Lewis

Tom Lewis

A retired naval officer and high school teacher, Dr Tom Lewis OAM served in the Australian Defence Force, where he saw active service as an intelligence analyst in the Middle East. Tom has written 21 history books, with his most recent being “The Sinking of HMAS Sydney”, which focuses on living, fighting and dying in […]

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1 review for The Truth of War

  1. An excellent reference set and notes support the in-depth presentation of examples from seven different conflicts ranging from the Boer War to Iraq, several of which involved Australians. He draws sobering conclusions at the end of every chapter, and I think that many people will be shocked by what they read.
    Get this book, get set for a great read and see what you think. I have not read such a portrayal of the reality of what combat really entails since The Face of Battle (1976) by John Keegan. And as a retired career infantry officer, I am glad that my career trajectory was such that I was one of the fortunate majority of ex-soldiers alive to never have had to face the intricacies of what Lewis presents to the reader in The Truth of War.

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