The battlefield interaction between infantry and tanks was central to combat on most fronts in World War II (1939-1945). The first 'Blitzkrieg' campaigns saw the tank achieve a new dominance. New infantry tactics and weapons – some of them desperately dangerous – had to be adopted, while the armies raced to develop more powerful anti-tank guns and new light weapons. By 1945, a new generation of revolutionary shoulder-fired AT weapons was in widespread use. This book explains in detail the shifting patterns of anti-tank combat, illustrated with photographs, diagrams and colour plates showing how weapons were actually employed on the battlefield.
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Table of Contents
The tank threat · Early war anti-tank defense doctrine · Characteristics & capabilities of AT weapons: AT rifles, AT rocket launchers, AT hand and rifle grenades, AT hand mines, improvised weapons (e.g. 'Molotov cocktails') · Infantry AT tactics · Late-war tank improvements · New AT weapons and 'tank-hunter' tactics · Specifics of national weapons and tactics: USA, Britain, Germany, USSR, Japan · Tables of weapons and capabilities