World War II US Armored Infantry Tactics [NOOK Book]

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Osprey's study of America's armored infantry tactics in World War II (1939-1945). Little has been published on US armored infantry units and tactics over the years despite their key role in World War II. There were a total of 57 armored infantry battalions and two regiments that served throughout the war and in all theaters. Equipped with halftracks, they fought as part of combined arms teams and combat commands alongside tanks, tank destroyers and artillery battalions. Significantly, they were not simply ...
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Overview

Osprey's study of America's armored infantry tactics in World War II (1939-1945). Little has been published on US armored infantry units and tactics over the years despite their key role in World War II. There were a total of 57 armored infantry battalions and two regiments that served throughout the war and in all theaters. Equipped with halftracks, they fought as part of combined arms teams and combat commands alongside tanks, tank destroyers and artillery battalions. Significantly, they were not simply standard infantry battalions provided with halftracks. Their company and platoon organization was very different from the standard infantry unit and these highly mobile, heavily armed battalions fought in an entirely different manner. Using period training manuals and combat reports this book provides an exclusive look at the unique tactics developed by US armored infantry units including movement formations and battle drills.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780960838
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Series: Elite, #176
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 722,512
  • File size: 16 MB
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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, Texas.


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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Organization 8

The armored division

Combat commands

Armored infantry regiments and battalions

Anatomy of the Armored Infantry Battalion 17

Companies

platoons

squads

Weapons & Equipment 26

Individual weapons

crew

served weapons

The halftrack

Tactics: Theory, and Capabilities 30

Lack of doctrine

Lack of training

Movement formations

The squad and platoon: life in the halftrack

dismounted formation

Mission capabilities: the rifle company

the armored infantry battalion

the armored infantry regiment

Fire support

Practice: Tank-Infantry Coordination 48

Understanding and exploiting the balance of strengths and weakness 48

Communications

Units in Action 55

Failure and Success: CCA, 12th Armored Division, January

February 1945

dismounted company action without armor

tank-infantry team clearing a town

Assessments & Conclusions 61

Select Bibliography 63

Index 64

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