World War II Infantry Anti-Tank Tactics

World War II Infantry Anti-Tank Tactics

Elite 124
  • Author: Gordon L. Rottman
  • Illustrator: Steve Noon
  • Short code: ELI 124
  • Publication Date: 5 Feb 2005
  • Number of Pages: 64
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The battlefield interaction between infantry and tanks was central to combat on most fronts in World War II. The first ‘Blitzkrieg' campaigns saw the tank achieve a new dominance. New infantry tactics and weapons - some of them desperately dangerous - had to be adopted, while the armies raced to develop more powerful anti-tank guns and new light weapons. By 1945, a new generation of revolutionary shoulder-fired AT weapons was in widespread use. This book explains in detail the shifting patterns of anti-tank combat, illustrated with photographs, diagrams and colour plates showing how weapons were actually employed on 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 was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group until reassigned to the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70. A highly respected and established author, Gordon is now a civilian contract Special Operations Forces Intelligence Specialist at the Army's Joint Readiness Center, Ft Polk. Steve Noon was born in Kent, UK, and attended art college in Cornwall. He has had a life-long passion for illustration and since 1985 has worked as a professional artist. Steve has provided award-winning illustrations for renowned publishers Dorling Kindersley, where his interest in historical illustration began.

Contents

The tank threat Early war anti-tank defense doctrine Characteristics & capabilities of AT weapons: AT rifles, AT rocket launchers, AT hand and rifle grenades, AT hand mines, improvised weapons (e.g. 'Molotov cocktails') Infantry AT tactics Late-war tank improvements New AT weapons and 'tank-hunter' tactics Specifics of national weapons and tactics: USA, Britain, Germany, USSR, Japan Tables of weapons and capabilities

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