German Infantryman vs British Infantryman

France 1940

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German Infantryman vs British Infantryman

France 1940

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When Hitler's forces poured into France and the Low Countries in 1940, the uneasy peace of the 'Phoney War' was shattered, and Europe was ripped apart by another Blitzkrieg. Forming the backbone of the German advance were the well-equipped Schützen (Rifles), motorized infantry who embodied the essence of the fluid, swift warfare that had characterized World War II thus far. Facing them were infantrymen of the British Expeditionary Force, units of considerable fighting quality who had nevertheless received no special training to conduct combined-arms warfare in conjunction with armour. This study investigates the combat between the two adversaries at small-unit level, recreating the ferocity of the fighting on the front lines of the Battle of France in three key clashes at Arras, Calais and Merville. Assessing the training, organization and unit ethos of both sides in the context of a new type of mobile warfare, David Greentree reveals the extraordinary difficulties encountered by infantry units in trying to remain in contact with their armoured and mechanized formations.

Table of Contents

Introduction /The opposing sides /Combat 1 /Combat 2 /Combat 3 /Analysis /Aftermath /Bibliography /Index

Product details

Published 20 Oct 2015
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472812407
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 46 b/w; 18 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Combat
Short code CBT 14
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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David Greentree

David Greentree graduated from the University of Y…

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Adam Hook

Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his wo…

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