World War II Street-Fighting Tactics [NOOK Book]

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Osprey's study of street-fighting tactics during World War II (1939-1945). In a continuation of the tactics mini-series, this new book describes and analyzes the physical tactics of the close-quarter fighting that took place in the ruined cities on both the Western and Eastern Fronts of World War II. Street-to-street fighting in cities was not a new development, but the bombed-out shells of cities and advances in weaponry meant that World War ...
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Overview

Osprey's study of street-fighting tactics during World War II (1939-1945). In a continuation of the tactics mini-series, this new book describes and analyzes the physical tactics of the close-quarter fighting that took place in the ruined cities on both the Western and Eastern Fronts of World War II. Street-to-street fighting in cities was not a new development, but the bombed-out shells of cities and advances in weaponry meant that World War II took it to a new level of savagery and violence.

New tactics developed around the defenses that ruined cities offered. This book examines these tactics, describing how a small group of infantry could now destroy whole tank units for very little cost before melting away into the cities' rubble. It also analyzes the need for infantry units to clear ruins of the enemy, and looks at how this was done, and the cost of the slow house-to-house fighting that was seen across the war, from Stalingrad to Berlin. Packed with eye-witness accounts, tutorials from original training manuals, maps, and full color artwork which illustrates these tactics, this is an eye-opening insight into the tactics and experiences of infantry fighting their way through ruined cities in the face of heavy casualty rates and vicious resistance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781782008460
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/18/2012
  • Series: Elite
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 760,464
  • File size: 19 MB
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Dr Stephen Bull is the Curator of the Museum of Lancashire in Preston, which incorporates the collections of several local regiments. Born in 1960, he graduated from the University of Wales with a BA (Hons) in history in 1981, and obtained his doctorate from University College, Swansea, with a study of English Civil War weapons. For several years from 1984 he worked at the National Army Museum, on a fortifications project and later in the Weapons Department. He has written numerous articles for specialist journals, including a number on the weapons and tactics of World War I. The author lives in Preston, UK.
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Table of Contents


Introduction 3
'Blitzkrieg' in Urban Areas 6 Prewar doctrine: German - British
1940: anticipating invasion American responses The Eastern Front, 1941-44 14 The opening rush Stalingrad: the academy of street fighting Warsaw: improvisation and terror Lessons from Warsaw: the German analysis The Italian Experience 26 The Canadians in Ortona British analysis: Fighting in Built Up Areas (1943)
Cassino Air support: Training Manual No.5 The Us Army in NW Europe 31 Doctrine: FM 31-50 The urban environment - squad organization - house-to-house fighting - tank/infantry co-operation - raiding Practical experience: 23rd Infantry at Brest - 26th Infantry at Aachen - 410th Infantry at Schillersdorf Germany, 1945 48 German forces Allied forces - flamethrowers Conclusions 54 Select Bibliography 56 Plate Commentaries 57 Index 64
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