The Minerva Public Library is pleased to host a talk by author and historian John R. Walker at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 24, in the library’s Community Meeting Room. Mr. Walker will discuss his recent book, Bracketing the Enemy: Forward Observers in World War II. During World War II, Forward Observers accompanied infantrymen on the front lines. Now, for the first time, gun crews could bring deadly accurate fire on enemy positions immediately in support of advancing riflemen. According to Walker, this transition from direct to indirect fire was one of the most important innovations to have occurred in ground combat in centuries. Yet even today, few people are familiar with the term Forward Observer. The book spends several chapters focusing on the 37th Division, Ohio National Guard, and its battles in the Pacific Theater, and gives some attention to that Division’s Battery C, 135th Field Artillery from Alliance. The campaigns of the 87th Division in Europe are also discussed. Walker presents a vivid picture of the dangers of FO duty and shows how vitally important they were to the success of ground combat. No registration is required for this free program and it is of interest to all ages.
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