Infantry Tactics of the Second World War Hardcover – 2 Jul 2008
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"A pick for any World War II military library ... a battlefield manual perfect for strategy analysis." --California Bookwatch (November 2008)"[Here is] another superlative book; one that I know will be an interesting read for all. Add to it the most reasonable price and you have a book that I can highly recommend to you." --Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (August 2008)
Detailed guide to the infantry tactics used by the armies of WWII.See all Product description
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This is a compilation of the three osprey books: Infantry Tactics- Squad and Platoon, Infantry Tactics- Company and Battalion and Infantry Tactics-Anti Tank Tactics. The text reads fluidly and lucidly, and is highly informatve and interesting to both those foreign to the subject and those with a impressive resume in military history.
The book is also festooned with impressive plate picures both black and white period pieces and the modern full colour artwork which is highly captivating even when just looked at on their own.
Anyone with a knowlege of Osprey Publishing's works will appriciate how good their books are, and this lives up to their high standard. They will aslo be well aware of the reasonably high price for what are short(ish) works, although invaluable. This however breaks the trend at £20 new, a stellar price when considering one Osprey book is usually around the £11 mark. Bought used (as I did)it could be even cheaper (mine was £14!!)
All in all a very highly and well recomended book for all interested in the military, its history, or this time frame.
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Elite 105: World War II Infantry Tactics: Squad and Platoon
Elite 122: World War II Infantry Tactics: Company and Battalion
Elite 124: World War II Infantry Anti-Tank Tactics
The authors discuss infantry tactics of the British, American, and German forces in World War II. They summarize both theory, training, and battlefield practice. This summary is based on consultation of "[a]bout a hundred manuals" of the period, along with memoirs and secondary works. Mostly, the summaries focus on the manuals. This book is not a study of tactics used in specific battles, and it isn't an examination of tactical theory.
- Contents -
Part 1: Squad & Platoon
__ The Soldier's Experience
__ Training - Fieldcraft & Battlecraft
__ The Squad Ethos
__ Squad Organization and Weapons
__ Squad Tactics
__ Field Works
__ The Platoon
Part 2: Company & Battalion
__ Organization & Doctrine
__ Machine Gun Support
__ Motorized Infantry
__ Tank Co-operation
Part 3: Anti-Tank Tactics
__ Infantry & Tanks
__ The Tank Threat
__ Protection & Vulnerabilities
__ Anti-Tank Weapons - An Overview
__ Evolution of Anti-Tank Tactics
__ Specific Weapons & Tactics
This was written by Clark, age 15, our war history buff and strategy king.
Some of the analysis part of the text can be considered controversial, particularly when considering national differences. The individual German soldier was superior to all others due to his better physical conditioning, acceptance of service and possible death as a duty, more thorough and realistic training, personal leadership training to the assistant squad leader level, and better officers. The British went to great extents to avoid casualties, sometimes causing higher casualties through timidity, and the Americans wasted lives prodigiously through their ill-advised replacement system in which unit cohesion and morale was simply disregarded.
The German army relied on the light machine as its main weapon for firepower, the Americans on the M1 Garand rifle, and the British between the two extremes with Bren gun supplemented with Enfield rifles. As a result, local fire superiority usually was a German advantage and the American army was slow to admit its problem. As a result the American army was forced to rely on air power and artillery to make up for the lack of firepower present in infantry units.
The tactics by the British and American were mostly frontal at the company and battalion levels while the Germans were indoctrinated with "fire and maneuver" tactics at all levels. Both sides used essentially the same squad tactics; however, the American were at a disadvantage due to a lack of firepower.
This work also features anti-tank tactics and expands its coverage on this subject to include the Soviet and Japanese.
All in all I recommend this work for reference to those interested in World War II combat. Some of the presentations are a little light, but that is hardly a defect for an introductory presentation. Persons interested in American arms can still purchase field manuals on the various weapons, and books on German tactics, particularly on the Eastern Front, are also available. But for an overview on tactics, organizations, individual weapons, crew-served weapons, mortars, mines, combined arms attacks and light artillery, this work pretty well sets the standard for an introduction.
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