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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.
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on 28 December 2006
This book is well presented and the 'tried and trusted' Osprey format does not disappoint - with very nice plates illustrating small unit tactics.

The problem with this book is that it covers much ground more apropriate to a book on platoon or squad tactics. Few areas deal with company tactics and battalion tactics are dealt with in a very sketchy way. A great chunk deals with anti-tank tactics - more appropriate to a book on lower level units or another title. I was left disappointed - not much on company tactics really, less on battalion tactics and NO RED ARMY ! Nothing on combined arms cooperation - what about artillery ? There is good information here on weapons and some nice comparison and contrast between U.S., British and German doctrine - but different troop types such as Commandos, Paratroops, Mountain Troops get not a word and of course there is no sight of the RED ARMY ! Please try again Osprey - this format should be perfect for an armchair general's tactical manual.
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on 2 December 2015
Very good. Although brief as with all Osprey books however it is easy to read quickly.

Really good book, I especially enjoyed the information given with the use and employment of different weapons and their evolution during WW2. If you are a wargamer, ignore the first book about squad and platoon and get this one on company and battalion as nearly all wargames are at this level.
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on 3 August 2013
Another book spoiled by poor editing:

P. 15 contains an error that reveals the dangers of minimal or non-existent proof-reading by a German speaker. If using German words, they need to be spelled correctly. "Scheißvorschrift [sic]" would translate as a very obscene word for `defecation rules', `-orders' or `-instructions', whereas I assume the author means "Schießvorschrift" which means shooting' or `firing instructions', `-rules' or `-orders'.

P. 25, "Schü mines [sic]" is spelled incorrectly twice, it should be "Schumine" or shoe mine.

P. 29, the PzKfw IV did not have 90mm protection as stated - the turret armour was thinner than Allied tanks at just 50mm, whereas the hull armour was at best 82-85mm and 30mm on the hull and turret sides.

P. 50, "abspringen" means to jump off, and "aus-" or "herausspringen" means to jump out.
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on 23 November 2007
It gives a moderate idea about the tactitcs used during second world war. It's a shame that it focus on the american side, but the editor calls the dice. Nevertheless i've learn a littlemore on the subject, after reading this 64 pages book.
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on 23 February 2005
an excellent osprey book on a subject not usually well covered
like the look and learn type colour plates
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