The US Army in World War II

The US Army in World War II

General Military
  • Author: Mark Henry
  • Illustrator: Mike Chappell
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 25 Aug 2001
  • ISBN: 9781841764238
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 152
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This book combines Men-at-Arms 342: ‘The US Army in World War II (I) The Pacific', Men-at-Arms 347: ‘The US Army in World War II (2) The Mediterranean' and Men-at-Arms 350: ‘The US Army in World War II (3) North-West Europe'. When World War II broke out in September 1939 the US Army - starved of resources since 1919 - numbered just 174,000 men. By VJ-Day, 2 September 1945, a total of 8.3 million had served in an army which had risen to a stable strength of 91 divisions. This title explores the campaigns fought by the US Army in the Pacific, the Mediterranean and North West Europe. It covers the variety of uniforms worn, the equipment and weapons used and the organisation of the different units. Particularly interesting units such as mountain, Japanese-American and African-American troops, are also studied.

Biographical Note

Mark R. Henry is a lifelong student of military history and an experienced re-enactor of many periods. He served in the US Army as a signals officer from 1981-90, in Germany, Texas and Korea. He holds a BA degree in History and is currently working for his Master's. His special interest lies in the United States' armed forces of the 20th century.Mike Chappell spent 22 years in infantry soldiering, retiring in 1974 as RSM of the 1st Bn., The Wessex Regiment (Rifle Volunteers). Since beginning to paint military subjects in 1968 Mike has gained world-wide popularity as a military illustrator, and has been a prolific artist and author for Osprey for well over 20 years. He currently lives and works in Kent, UK.

Contents

Introduction Divisional organisation - CBI, Central and South-West Pacific, mountain & Airborne divisions, Ranger battalions, armoured divisions and corps units Uniforms - Summer Dress , USA ; tropical combat uniforms; camouflage uniforms; dress browns; ETO jacket; combat woollens; tankers' items; combat vests; headgear; branch colours; shoulder patches, M1943, mountain, airborne; coats & boots; WAC; General officers; NCO insignia; decorations; Tropical equipment Military police Rangers 1st Special Service Force Black troops Radios Heavy weapons ‘Soft-skin' vehicles Artillery & tank destroyer equipment & tactics Recoilless rifles, anti-tank guns Tanks & tank destroyers Divisional battle honours Bibliography Colour plate commentary Index

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