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KILL OR GET KILLED (1943 EDITION)
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KILL OR GET KILLED (1943 EDITION)

Author: Maj. Rex Applegate
Publisher: PALADIN PRESS, Aug 2007
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 1-58160-558-7

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This is not a book about "self-defense." It is a book today's offensive fighting at close quarters, with & without weapons. It is a book intended to be itself a weapon: a weapon to kill enemies & to save the lives of our own men. Photos; 8.5x11 inches; 186 pgs.

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KILL OR GET KILLED (1943 EDITION)
A Manual of Hand-to-Hand Fighting, 1943 Edition

by Maj. Rex Applegate

Kill or Get Killed by Col. Rex Applegate has always been considered one of the most influential books on close-quarters combat ever published. But most readers are familiar only with the revised 1976 edition, with the distinctive red cover. Few have had the opportunity to study the extremely rare 1943 edition, written as America & its Allies were fighting desperately across Europe & in the Pacific. Now, serious students of the evolution of modern battlefield skills have access to this combat classic. The original flap copy best captures the conception, spirit & intent of the book:

The grim reality of the present World War expressed in the title of this book is the best explanation for the fact that it has been written . . . Accepting as hard necessity the kind of war this is, there remains for us but one course: to be tougher & more dangerous than the enemy . . . This is not a book about "self-defense." It is a book about an increasingly important aspect of war as it exists today's offensive fighting at close quarters, with & without weapons. It is a book intended to be itself a weapon: a weapon to kill enemies & to save the lives of our own men that they may kill more enemies. That is what "total war" means: that is the challenge that our soldiers must meet.

When Kill or Get Killed was first released, British Army Capt. Eric A. Sykes--veteran of the Shanghai Municipal Police & one of Applegate?s earliest instructors--wrote, "It is the first book, as far as my knowledge goes, to deal with the subject on sensible lines & without doubt will replace what I can only describe & always think of as peace-time methods."

Photos; 8.5x11 inches; 186 pgs.


 
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