World War II Winter and Mountain Warfare Tactics

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World War II Winter and Mountain Warfare Tactics

Description

The twentieth century saw an unprecedented emphasis on fighting in all terrains, seasons and weather conditions. Such conditions made even basic survival difficult as subzero temperatures caused weapons to jam, engines to seize up and soldiers to suffer frostbite, snow blindness and hypothermia. The conditions often favoured small groups of mobile, lightly armed soldiers, rather than the armoured forces or air power that dominated other combat environments. Some European armies developed small numbers of specialist alpine troops before and during World War I, but these proved to be insufficient as nearly all the major combatants of World War II found themselves fighting for extended periods in extremely hostile cold-weather and/or alpine environments. Drawing upon manuals, memoirs and unit histories and illustrated with period tactical diagrams and specially commissioned full-colour artwork, this study sheds new light on the winter-warfare tactics and techniques of the US, British, German, Soviet and Finnish armies of World War II.

Product details

Published Apr 20 2013
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781849087131
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 5 b/w
Series Elite
Short code ELI 193
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Stephen Bull

Museum curator and university external examiner Dr…

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Steve Noon

Steve Noon was born in Kent, UK, and attended art…

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