World War II Infantry Fire Support Tactics

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World War II Infantry Fire Support Tactics

Description

As infantry units advanced across Europe the only support they could rely on from day to day was that provided by the heavy weapons of their own units. While thundering tanks struck fear into the hearts of their enemies it was the machine guns, mortars and light cannon that proved to be most important, causing the majority of casualties suffered during World War II. Common principles were shared across units but the wide variety of weapons available to the different armies altered the way they were used in battle.

Focusing on the US, British, German and Soviet troops, this title offers a comprehensive guide to infantry fire support tactics used through World War II. Combat reports are complemented by specially commissioned artwork to show the way in which tactics varied, and highlight how developments obliged opposing armies to review their own methods.

Table of Contents

Introduction/ The role of infantry fire support: origins, purpose, doctrine/ Infantry fire support weapons: heavy machine guns, mortars, antitank guns, infantry guns, miscellaneous weapons/ Infantry fire support units: battalion units, by nationality – regimental/brigade units, by nationality/ Tactical employment: provision of fire support to units and sub-units – examples of tactical employment/ Glossary and Bibliography/ Plates commentaries

Product details

Published Oct 20 2016
Format Ebook (Epub)
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781472815484
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 30 b/w; 28 col
Series Elite
Short code ELI 214
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

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