The first book, “Night Movements,” by C. Burnett, who translated it from the Japanese manual written by a Japanese Officer during the Japanese-Russian War, was brought to my attention by SFC Steven M. Barry, a retired Special Forces Senior NCO, when he mentioned he used the manual to train sniper and reconnaissance techniques while on Active Duty. I had not read the manual before, or knew where to get it, but a lucky Amazon search brought it up almost immediately, and in a few days, I had my copy. Reading it has been a pleasure; the information contained is priceless.
Techniques therein have also been described in training exercises by Matt Bracken, in his piece, “Night Fighting 101,” and HJ Poole in his series beginning with, ‘The Tiger’s Way‘ and the culmination of his series, “The Last Hundred Yards.”
I’m always glad to glean a nugget or two of information from the ‘old school’ senior NCO types, especially those able to graduate from the Special Forces selection and spend the balance of their careers there. They provide ‘gold’ to those who care to listen and learn. I would be remiss not to publicly acknowledge and thank SFC Barry for his willingness to impart the corporate knowledge he possesses to those of us who do not as well as Matt Bracken for his experience during the 80’s in the SEAL teams.
It’s also important to note that Poole, in his works, and Bracken, in his overview of night fighting, are directly in line with what the, “Night Movement” manual states, and the fact that the concepts, principles, and physical techniques are logical, scientifically sound, and they work. I know this because I’ve been using these techniques as taught (albeit not knowing their genesis, many years ago, and then seeing them in print again in Poole’s works to use teaching others in the recent past and present. You can get yourself a copy of, “Night Movements” for $9 used on Amazon.
Great investment providing a very high ROI on very little money spent. The key, though, is getting out and training on the concepts, principles, and techniques to cement your personal knowledge.
The next little gem is a reprint of a WWII OSS (Office of Strategic Services) focused on understanding how others might use very insidious techniques to derail any sort of meeting/training/gathering in the work place. It applies itself to NPT scenarios very well. It’s called, “Simple Sabotage: A Modern Field Manual for Detecting and Rooting Out Every Day Behaviors that Undermine Your Workplace,” by Robert M. Galford, Bob Frisch, and Cary Greene.
Reading through the chapters that cover all kinds of innocuous sabotage tactics, from scrupulous adherence to process, long winded speakers hijacking discussions and meetings on irrelevant subjects, to revisiting decisions made from the perspective of trying to overturn it, are simply excellent identification of things most likely you’ve seen in your own gatherings. It’s worth the less than $9 for a used paperback, and it’s also on Kindle.
You can’t lose with any work listed above, and they will increase your knowledge base, thereby giving you a bit more control of your environment.
Key take away: What you learn you must practice. What you practice you must practice until you can perfectly perform a technique in practice, so that when you execute it in ‘real world’ scenarios, it works.