World War II Combat Reconnaissance Tactics

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World War II Combat Reconnaissance Tactics

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This book explains and illustrates the tactics, techniques, equipment and unit organization of reconnaissance troops of the main wartime powers. It covers not only the dedicated reconnaissance units in the divisional order of battle, with their vehicles and heavy firepower, but also the small infantry patrols that were sent out constantly, by commanders at every level, to scout the terrain, detect the enemy, and infiltrate or raid his lines. These are illustrated with wartime photos, and brought to life in detailed colour plates of tactical scenarios.

Table of Contents

'NOT A STEP WITHOUT RECONNAISSANCE ': The purposes and means of reconnaissance; The shortcomings of maps and photographs; The time factor·RECONNAISSANCE MISSIONS:
Information collection and assessment; Patrol tasks (point reconnaissance; area reconnaissance; route reconnaissance; defensive patrolling; outposts and out-guards; other types of patrol)·DIVISIONAL RECONNAISSANCE UNITS: Capabilities and missions; Unit organization·MOBILITY: Foot movement;Snow; Water obstacles; Horses; Bicycles; Motorcycles; Light trucks and cars; Armoured vehicles·WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT: Weapons (the weight/firepower balance);
Compasses; Binoculars; Maps; Clothing and camouflage;Communications (AM radios; FM radios; field telephones; panels; smoke and pyrotechnics)·TACTICS AND TECHNIQUES: Composition of patrols; The rifle squad;
Stealth vs firepower·NATIONAL COMPARISONS: United States; Great Britain; Soviet Union; Germany; Japan·FURTHER READING·PLATE COMMENTARIES· INDEX

Product details

Published 10 Sep 2007
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846031373
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 50 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Elite
Short code ELI 156
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Gordon L. Rottman

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