World War II Infantry Assault Tactics

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World War II Infantry Assault Tactics

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Osprey's examination of assault tactics used by the infantry during World War II (1939-1945). Just about every war movie - famously, Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers - includes dramatic scenes of soldiers trying to attack an enemy pillbox or trench. Continuing the series explaining World War II tactics, Gordon L Rottman (who became expert in these tactics during the Vietnam War) explains and illustrates the kit and techniques used in assaulting fortifications. He covers the differences in US, British, German, Soviet and Japanese approaches and experiences, concentrating on small units of foot soldiers with hand-carried equipment. The weapons used included the purpose-made and the improvized: assault charges of various shapes, sizes and characteristics, flamethrowers, grenades and bazookas. Their tactical deployment is analyzed and explained in detail, with the support of color artwork, maps, diagrams and photographs.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: The rifle platoon·THE OBJECTIVE: Defensive Tactics – Obstacles – Field Fortifications·BREACHING OBSTACLES: Anti-tank obstacles – crossing gaps – minefields·DEMOLITION MATERIALS: General description: basic charges – special charges – fuses and detonators – injuries; National specifics: United States – British Commonwealth – Soviet Union – Germany – Japan·ASSAULT TACTICS APPLIED: Weapons employment and effect – assault preparations – supporting fires – smoke screens; The assault·NOTES ON NATIONAL PRACTICE: United States – British Commonwealth – Soviet Union – Germany – Japan·RECOMMENDED READING·PLATE COMMENTARIES·INDEX

Product details

Published Mar 18 2008
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846031915
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 39 b/w
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Elite
Short code ELI 160
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Gordon L. Rottman

Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, v…

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Peter Dennis

Peter Dennis was inspired by contemporary magazine…

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