The British Reconnaissance Corps in World War II

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The British Reconnaissance Corps in World War II

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Osprey's study of Britain's Reconnaisance Corps of World War II (1939-1945). Either creeping through the landscape or mounted in armored cars and Bren carriers, Reconnaissance Regiments became a vital addition to all British infantry divisions. After the disastrous defeat in France in 1940, at the hands of German forces with strong recce units mounted in light armored vehicles, the Bartholomew Committee called for the formation of a British equivalent. This was achieved by forming the new elite Reconnaissance Corps.Their spearhead role meant that they were consistently at the forefront of all dramatic action, and most famously served with the 1st and 6th Airborne at Arnhem and with the Chindits in Burma.Within every theater of war, ranging from the jungles to the deserts, the Reconnaissance Corps made a critical contribution to the Allied war effort. However, with the disbandment of the Corps at the end of the war, their record has been unjustly forgotten.With a selection of rare and unpublished frontline photographs taken from private collections, this fascinating new insight into a forgotten elite unit of the British Army recounts the experiences of those soldiers who operated ahead of the army throughout the course of the war.

Table of Contents

Formationation of the Corps - Training and equipment - Into action - The Mediterranean - NW Europe - Jungle Recce - Late war changes - The Regiments - Plates commentaries

Product details

Published Mar 27 2007
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846031229
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 46 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Elite
Short code ELI 152
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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