And now for something completely different...

... some serious combat blogging.

I try to keep the current war at arm's length, but this piece is exquisite.

The shirkers who will not do their duty as infantry to "close with and destroy the enemy" - yards away from an enemy trying to kill friendly wounded - overwhelmingly resonates with the American Civil War.

As does the battalion commander and his sergeant major acting as close combat spearheads in hand-to-hand combat. If only the new men would follow them... If only the new men would act their part... but they don't.

Shades of S.L.A. Marshall.

Many thanks to superblogger Michael Yon, with a hat tip to Instapundit. (Photo by Michael Yon.)