Ervin V. Galantay
What could be labeled <<the rise and fall of the Vannay Battalion>>, Boy Soldier is an in-depth account of the 1944-1945 Russian siege siege, assault against a city or fortress with the purpose of capturing it. The history of siegecraft parallels the development of fortification and, later, artillery. of Budapest written from the author's day-to-day diary. At the age of 14 Ervin Galantay was thrown into the role of urban guerrilla guerrilla
Member of an irregular military force fighting small-scale, fast-moving actions, usually in concert with an overall political-military strategy, against conventional military and police forces. and assigned to the ill-fated battalion battalion
Tactical military organization composed of a headquarters and two or more companies, batteries, or similar units and usually commanded by a field-grade officer such as a lieutenant colonel. that was created and led by Laszlo Vannay. The author recounts the politics and tactics of the battles from a first-person perspective and provides insight into what some historians refer to as a <<must read>> for anyone interested in urban combat. Lieutenant General Daniel Petrosky, Commander, Eighth US Army, Korea writes, <<The lessons learned from the WWII WWII
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WWII World War Two siege of Budapest have great applicability today and demonstrate what a well-led, motivated mo·ti·vate
tr.v. mo·ti·vat·ed, mo·ti·vat·ing, mo·ti·vates
To provide with an incentive; move to action; impel.
mo and out-gunned unit can do in an urban defense against a superior foe>>.
The almost savagely innocent description of the events, scenes, sounds, smells and the author's feelings combine to make a gripping read out of this historic reference. Recognised as one of the foremost experts on urban combat, Professor Galantay has compiled a thought-provoking account of a 60-year-old battle; one that sheds light upon and answers many questions asked of the current battlefield scenario of today's warfighter (see The Vertical Battlefield Complete Guide to Urban Warfare Urban warfare is a modern warfare conducted in urban areas such as towns and cities. As a distinction, warfare conducted in population centers before the 20th century is generally considered siege warfare. Systems that accompanies this issue).