World War II Battlefield Communications

World War II Battlefield Communications

Elite 181
  • Author: Gordon L. Rottman
  • Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Short code: ELI 181
  • Publication Date: 20 Jun 2010
  • ISBN: 9781846038471
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 64
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About this Product

Perhaps the biggest difference in the fighting between the two world wars lay in the invention of the man-portable radio that allowed for a greater degree of tactical coordination than ever before. Gordon L. Rottman provides an informative study of the use of small radios, field telephones, signal flares and ground-to-air signaling that revolutionized the battlefield.

Biographical Note

Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a Special Operations Forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas.


The state of the art in 1939
The basic means: messengers, manpack radios, vehicle radios, field telephones, signal pistols and flares, colored smoke, air
ground signals
Capabilities and limitations
Basic procedures
Countermeasures: interception and jamming
National specifics of equipment and procedures: US, UK, Soviet, German, Japanese and wartime developments

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