Overview

Osprey's examination of jungle warfare tactics of World War II (1939-1945).

Suffocating heat, tropical rain and hostile jungle terrain were but a few of the treacherous obstacles that confronted the Allies when they fought against the Imperial Japanese Army in the Southeast Asian rainforest.

Aided by the knowledge of the terrain, the Japanese were consistently successful in...
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World War II Jungle Warfare Tactics

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Overview

Osprey's examination of jungle warfare tactics of World War II (1939-1945).

Suffocating heat, tropical rain and hostile jungle terrain were but a few of the treacherous obstacles that confronted the Allies when they fought against the Imperial Japanese Army in the Southeast Asian rainforest.

Aided by the knowledge of the terrain, the Japanese were consistently successful in their advances during the winter of 1941-42. However, once the Allies realized that unconventional means and specific jungle skills would be needed in order to survive and win, they developed effective units able to fight the Japanese in this hostile environment.

Lessons were learned by the few British soldiers trapped in the central Malaysian jungle by the time of the fall of Singapore and Malaya. In Burma, Orde Wingate led the Chindits, an allied force that trained in jungle discipline, field craft, survival skills, and special tactics such as combat tracking, close-quarter fighting, and small team operations. These men were responsible for pioneering the key jungle warfare tactics that are still practised effectively to this day.

Providing an expert analysis of tactical warfare, this book explains the early successes of the Japanese and highlights how the Allies overcame many physical and psychological impairments, to master the art of jungle warfare and finally conquer the strange and claustrophobic jungle environment.
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"Wartime training documents and front-line memoirs of action spice a survey of these battles and bring history to life." -The Bookwatch Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472805270
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/20/2013
  • Series: Elite
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 596,400
  • File size: 20 MB
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Meet the Author

Dr Stephen Bull was born in 1960 and obtained his doctorate from University College, Swansea, with a study of English Civil War weapons. At present he is the Curator of the Museum of Lancashire in Preston, which incorporates collections of several local regiments. For several years he worked on a fortifications project at the National Army Museum, and later in the Weapons Department. He has written several articles for specialist journals, including a number on the weapons and tactics of World War I. For Osprey he has previously written the bestselling volumes on World War I Trench Warfare and World War II Infantry Tactics. The author lives in Preston, UK.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     3
The environment, and reactions to it - the many variations of 'jungle' terrain
Movement and navigation
The jungle as battlefield
Allied Failure, 1941-42     6
British Empire forces - the lack of centralized doctrine and training - experience in Malaya
United States forces - manual FM 31-20, December 1941 - subsequent changes, 1942-43
Japanese Success, 1941-42     12
Col Tsuji and the Taiwan Army Research Station - advisory pamphlet for the Malayan campaign
Offensive tactics
Ambush and deception
Machine gun tactics
Allied Reaction, 1942-43     21
British 'stay-behinds' and irregulars
British 1942 training manuals
The Australian contribution: the Canungra training course - the 6th Division manual, 1943
The American response
Infantry and tanks: British - US Army - US Marines
Long Range Penetration, 1943-44     41
Orde Wingate and the Chindit concept
Operations 'Longcloth' and 'Thursday'
FM 72-20: US Tactics, 1944     48
Living with the jungle
Weapons and clothing
Defensive tactics
Patrol tactics
To the Last Man, 1944-45     51
Japanese tactical conservatism and logistic failure, 1944-45
Improvement of Allied small unit tactics
Japanese defensive tactics
Bunker-busting: Allied assault teams - tank/infantry co-operation -Japanese responses
Plate Commentaries     59
Index     64
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