Review of Battlefield Taiwan by James Rosone and Miranda Watson

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Battlefield Taiwan: A Book about War with China that You Should Read

Battlefield Taiwan is the third book in Rosone and Watson’s “Red Storm” series. It takes place after both wars have already started and the US has started to catch back up in the fight against China and stabilize the frontline in the fight against Russia.

Like both Battlefield Ukraine and Battlefield Korea, near everything about Battlefield Taiwan is terrific. The descriptions of combat are gripping, the political aspects of the plot are well done and engaging, the plot is fast-paced, and the many perspectives described show what such a modern world war might look like from the point of view of soldiers on the ground, politicians, and other, related parties.

What separates Battlefield Taiwan from the other books in the series is the way Rosone and Watson describe the strategies each main nation might use. China, as one would expect from books such as The Frozen Hours and MacArthur’s Reminiscences, relies on wave attacks; masses of militia troops, armored vehicles, and missiles are thrown against enemy positions until the enemy is battered down. Russia, as anyone who has studied the Ukrainian conflict might expect, relies on artillery, subterfuge, grey-zone tactics, and excellent air-defense systems. The US uses precision airstrikes, excellent mechanized formations, drones, special forces, and submarines to attempt to gain an advantage. Taiwan, in its bitter defense of Formosa, uses US-style infantry tactics, fortified positions, and an insurgency to fight the Chinese invaders.

The authors’ depiction of the fight for Taiwan in the most interesting part of the novel. While many articles have been written about a renewal of the Korean conflict or a naval war with China, much less is said about how Taiwan could or should fight the Chinese. Rosone and Watson bring life to what that fight might look like.

It’s hard to describe the finer points of the strategies each combatant relies upon without giving away plot details, but the way Rosone and Watson combine commonly-held perspectives on how such a war against China and/or Russia might be fought with innovative new concepts and battleplans is excellent and helps separate the novel from other books that stick to less original conceptions of such a war.

Finally, Battlefield Taiwan is superb because it is honest. While the authors are Americans, America is not presented as a superman. Its pre-draft troops are described as well-trained and good at fighting, but have obvious weaknesses that the enemy is able to exploit. Similarly, the culture of the modern West is shown for what it is; a degenerate culture unfit for a major war. Whereas the Russians and Chinese are able to marshal their resources, especially the necessary troops, in an orderly way, the US struggles to fight the war and implement a draft. Our nation is too obese and drug-addicted to fight the war, our social media proclivities are easily exploited by the Chinese and Russian intelligence apparati, and the weaklings in our cultures refuse to do what is necessary to fight and win.

That’s not to say the authors needlessly or unrealistically boost the East at the expense of the West. The authoritarian natures of Russia and China make it hard for leaders of those nations to discern what their true chances of winning are. US companies do a good job of ramping up production as is necessary. Our “tip of the spear” units- namely special forces and the submarine fleet- are without par and decimate the enemy. But, Battlefield Taiwan does point out the issues with the modern US from a warfighting perspective. We have grown too soft and, without the leadership of a man like President Gates (the in-book equivalent of Trump) and a few lucky breaks, would have a hard time fighting and winning a major war.

Battlefield Taiwan is an excellent book. It’s fun to read, makes some astute observations, and present interesting perspectives and ideas about what a new world war might be like. I highly recommend you read it.

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By: Gen Z Conservative, follow me on Parler

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