World War II Combat Reconnaissance Tactics

World War II Combat Reconnaissance Tactics

Elite 156
  • Author: Gordon L. Rottman
  • Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Short code: ELI 156
  • Publication Date: 10 Sep 2007
  • ISBN: 9781846031373
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 64
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About this Product

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.

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 Centre for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas. Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects. He is a keen wargamer and modelmaker. He is based in Nottinghamshire, UK


‘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

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