World War II Jungle Warfare Tactics

World War II Jungle Warfare Tactics

by Stephen Bull, Steve Noon
     
 

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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

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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

“I found it to be quite interesting and easy to read. A book that I know you'll enjoy once you start reading. Like all Osprey titles, it is one you can buy with confidence.” —Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846030697
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
02/27/2007
Series:
Elite Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
787,549
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.25(d)

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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