US Infantryman in World War II (2)

US Infantryman in World War II (2)

Mediterranean Theater of Operations 1942–45

Warrior 53
  • Author: Robert S Rush
  • Illustrator: Elizabeth Sharp
  • Short code: WAR 53
  • Publication Date: 25 Jun 2002
  • Number of Pages: 64
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Between November 1942 and May 1945, US Army infantry units fought in eight named campaigns in the Mediterranean Theater. This title follows one soldier from enlistment in 1942, through training in a Replacement Training Center, assignment to the 1st Battalion 133d Regiment, 34th Infantry Division (Red Bull), and into combat. Among the battles covered are Fondouk Pass, Hill 609, Salerno, Monte Cassino, Anzio and the fighting in the Po Valley. A key focus is on the Heavy Weapons Company, which consisted of two machine gun platoons and one mortar platoon. The training and combat roles of the machine gunner's Military Occupational Specialty are discussed in detail.

Biographical Note

Robert S Rush PhD is a retired Command Sergeant Major, who served in the US Army from 1969 to 1999. He has worked as a historian to several key policy review teams for the United States Army. His PhD (Hell in Hurtgen Forest: Ordeal and Triumph of an American Infantry Regiment) focused on US and German units in the Hürtgen Forest, Fall 1944. Robert currently works at the US Army Center of Military History, Fort McNair. Elizabeth Sharp trained in Fine Art at the Leicester College of Art and Technology, UK. She is a full member of the Society of Equestrian Artists and of the Society of Women Artists. Ian Palmer is an experienced digital artist. A graduate in 3D design, he has provided illustrations for many publications, from modelling James Bond's Aston Martin to recreating lunar landings.


Introduction The infantry battalion heavy weapons company:.30 Caliber Machine Gun Company; 81mm Mortar Platoon; weapons and weapons systems; Weapons in a heavy weapons company The effects of Pearl Harbor: The Mediterranean Theater of Operations; The organized reserve and Army of the United States; our composite soldier; The 133d Infantry Regiment Chronology John's enlistment, reception and initial training: Camp Wheeler Replacement North Africa: Reception and integration; First combat Italy 1943-44, Salerno to Cassino: Night Attack across the Volturno; Winter 1943; Cassino; The nature of combat; Anzio; machine gunner Wounded, recovery and return War's end Going Home Museums, re-enactment and collecting Bibliography Color plate commentary Index

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