Review: The Commander’s Voice by “Moon” Mullins

Published on Amazon in April of 2020, The History of the 82nd Signal Battalion World War I and World War II: The Commander’s Voice is the story of the original signal company of the 82nd Airborne Division, as well as its precursor, the 307th Field Signal Battalion and the 82nd Airborne Signal Company in the 82nd Infantry Division.

The Commander’s Voice is the story of the All American’s Combat Communicators in the First and Second World Wars.

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Chris “Moon” Mullins’ history of the 82nd Signal Battalion highlights the author’s skill as a writer and a deep knowledge of his subject, providing the reader with a detailed look at the First and Second World Wars, and the exploits of the 82nd Infantry (subsequently Airborne) Division. He focuses on communications troops at war. Moon brings his experience as a paratrooper and signalman effectively to bear in telling this story. He’s lived his subject and it shows on every page.

The book demonstrates the interplay between men and technology enabling commanders to effectively employ their forces against the enemy. Moon highlights the efforts made by combat communicators to keep information flowing under harrowing conditions and takes pains to illustrate wherever the 82nd’s combat troops fought, the signalmen were there to ensure they could communicate by all possible means, to include carrier pigeons and runner if nothing else was available.

Moon reveals the fruits on detailed research on every page, often allowing the troops to speak for themselves while putting their words into greater context. He grasps the technical and tactical details of combat communications and makes them understandable for the general reader. Fans of the airborne in particular and military history, in general, will get a lot out of this book.

The History of the 82nd Signal Battalion World War I and World War II: The Commander’s Voice is available from Amazon.com.

Product details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (April 12, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1795286687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1795286688
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches