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Combat Action Reports? Reports written by officers for upper brass

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    Hello! Very new here, so please forgive me if this is in the wrong area of asking
    I am currently trying to find out what Combat Action Reports would look like, what they would be officially called, etc.
    How detailed do they get? Do they stick mostly in the 3rd or 1st person? How much do officers enjoy writing them out?
    I am researching this for a book I have been writing for a few years, taken from soldiers, and civilian perspectives during an active war-like a mix of journal entries, official reports, propaganda, new stories, etc.
    Any help is appreciated

  • #2
    As my dad used to say about officers "follow me lads I am right behind you"


    • #3
      In the USMC we call them AAR (After action Reports) generally at the squad, platoon, and company level they’re fairly informal. Consisting of what went right, what went wrong, and how to correct what went wrong.

      It’d look something like this

      1) Good stuff
      A)good stuff
      B)good stuff.
      2)What went wrong
      A)this went wrong
      a)corrective measures
      B)this went wrong
      b)corrective measures.


      • #4
        Dick, you know, that's not literature.
        You just keep it simple.
        Try writing it in the first person plural, you know,
        say "we" a lot.
        Band of brothers.