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World War II Infantry Tactics : Squad and Platoon (Elite): Vol. 1
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2005
Along with its companion book (World War II Infantry Tactics: Company and Battalion) overall an enyoyable and informative read for anyone interested in WWII infantry tactics.
This is an area poorly covered by literature, and though there is a reasonable volume of good material published on the internet it is fragmentory. These books go some way to compiling and interpreting many disperate sources. The books are well written, however they are let down by being poorly organised and laid out and could have been more rounded in the relative coverage of different issues.
I finished the books with the distinct impression that coverage depended more on the author's predilictions and the material readily available than on much of an attempt at balance and completeness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2012
I enjoyed the book and had a pleasant time reading it.

Being rarely dissapointed with Ospreys, this first volume of infantry tactics covers well the subject.

The schematics are very clear and instructive. The chapters on "by the book" tactics are well treated although maybe take too much room in this crammed 60pager.

As a summary, I would have the following comments:

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- Dense, concise and clear
- Clear and informative graphics
- Historical documents such as extracts of manuals, sketches, etc.. which always give some shape to a history book
- A good simple well illustrated plate showing the American weapons (one on british, soviet and german would also have been welcome)

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- Perhaps too much on "by the book" tactics
- Maybe more on case studies showing how "by the book" tactics did in real fights
- Why not including Soviet tactics? Maybe this was not the purpose of the book but always found Eastern Front tactics and armies are always left aside in WWII general books.

Overall a decent work.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2005
very interesting book on a rare subject
good colour plates
written from the point of view of the soldier not the general
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