Infantry Tactics of World War II

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Regardless of technological and doctrinal advances, final mastery of any battlefield ultimately depends upon the tight-knit group of soldiers trained to direct fire, move, take ground and hold it. This book examines the infantry combat methods of World War II. It draws on the training manuals of the time and first-hand accounts of frontline action and covers the organization and tactics of squad, platoon, company and battalion. It identifies the differences between German, American, British and Japanese ...
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Overview

Regardless of technological and doctrinal advances, final mastery of any battlefield ultimately depends upon the tight-knit group of soldiers trained to direct fire, move, take ground and hold it. This book examines the infantry combat methods of World War II. It draws on the training manuals of the time and first-hand accounts of frontline action and covers the organization and tactics of squad, platoon, company and battalion. It identifies the differences between German, American, British and Japanese approaches and demonstrates how these evolved in the face of changes in the battlefield environment. Motorized infantry tactics are also covered together with each army's responses to the continuously growing challenge and shifting patterns of anti-tank combat and combined operations with armor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846032820
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/22/2008
  • Series: General Military
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.72 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Stephen Bull is the Curator of the Museum of Lancashire in Preston. Born in 1960, he graduated from the University of Wales with a BA (Hons) in history, and obtained his doctorate from University College, Swansea. For several years he worked at the National Army Museum, on a fortifications project and later in the Weapons Department. He has written many articles and books, including a number on weapons and tactics.

Gordon L Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a special operations forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Pt. 1 Squad & Platoon

The Soldier's Experience 8

Training - Fieldcraft & Battlecraft 21

The Squad Ethos 33

Squad Organization & Weapons 37

Squad Tactics 49

Field Works 61

The Platoon 68

Pt. 2 Company & Battalion

Organization & Doctrine 84

Machine Gun Support 102

Mortars 111

Mines 116

Motorized Infantry 124

Tank Co-operation 137

Pt. 3 Anti-Tank Tactics

Infantry & Tanks 144

The Tank Threat 148

Protection & Vulnerabilities 151

Anti-Tank Weapons - An Overview 159

Evolution of Anti-Tank Tactics 174

Specific Weapons & Tactics 184

Bibliography 217

Index 219

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