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Solid summary of post D-Day western European armies
on 9 March 2005
The book deals with the conditions faced by infantrymen in training and action for the German, British and American forces in post D-Day Europe.
Sections of the book cover battle conditions (infantry carrying a disproportionate share of casualties), squad ethos, weapons, the squad leader, attack, defence, company organisation, communications, defensive cover and communications.
The book does a great job demonstrating the similar infantry experience in each army, but also picks out differences in thought and practice.
Good examples would be the German squad existing to support the machinegun, while the US Army relied on the distributed firepower of its M1 rifles, and the British relied on a steady supported movement by tehir under weaker sections.
The book supports its text with some neat diagrams of each army in attack and defensive postures.
Supporting examples are drawn from contemoprary training manuals, soldier's memoirs and more formal histories.
Anyone looking for the infantry experience on the Eastern front, Desert or Pacific theatres should look elsewhere, as this book draws all example from Western Europe.
There are few examples from the early war.
The focus is on standard infantry, which may disappoint fans of elites and special forces.
Fowever the volume presents exactly what the title says, and those wanting something else will probably find satisfaction in another Osprey volume.
Overall an excellent summary of how infantry soldiered in their smallest organisational groups.