World War II Battlefield Communications

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Osprey's examination of technological advances in communications during World War II (1939-1945). Perhaps the biggest difference in the fighting between the two World Wars lay in the invention of the man-portable radio that allowed for a greater degree of tactical coordination than ever before. Gordon L. Rottman provides an informative study of the use of small radios, field telephones, signal flares and ground-to-air signaling that revolutionized the battlefield.

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Overview

Osprey's examination of technological advances in communications during World War II (1939-1945). Perhaps the biggest difference in the fighting between the two World Wars lay in the invention of the man-portable radio that allowed for a greater degree of tactical coordination than ever before. Gordon L. Rottman provides an informative study of the use of small radios, field telephones, signal flares and ground-to-air signaling that revolutionized the battlefield.

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"... an informative study of how radio communications revolutionized the battlefield through the use of manportable radios, field telephones, signal flares and ground-to-air signaling. Included in this book are over 50 photographs and 8 full-color plates detailing US, British, Soviet, German and Japanese equipment." -www.mataka.org (November 2010)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846038471
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Series: Elite Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,038,359
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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. The author lives in Cyprus, TX.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Means of Tactical Communications 6

Field telephones

Radios

Visual signals: flare and smoke projectiles

smoke grenades and candles

signal flags

marker panels

signal lights

arm and hand signals

Messengers

Audible signals

Unit Communications Equipment 20

United States

Britain and Empire/Commonwealth

Soviet Union

Germany

Japan

Communications Procedures 38

Phonetic alphabets

Morse code

Times and dates

Documents: security classifications

message precedence

Message center operations

Communications countermeasures

Signal Units 50

Divisional units

Infantry regimental and battalion signal elements: United States

Britain and Commonwealth

Soviet Union

Germany

Japan

Unit Communication Systems 57

Conclusion 61

Select Bibliography 62

Index 64

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