World War II Infantry Fire Support Tactics

World War II Infantry Fire Support Tactics

Elite 214
  • Author: Gordon L. Rottman
  • Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Short code: ELI 214
  • Publication Date: 20 Oct 2016
  • Number of Pages: 64
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As infantry units advanced across Europe the only support they could rely on from day to day was that provided by the heavy weapons of their own units. While thundering tanks struck fear into the hearts of their enemies it was the machine guns, mortars and light cannon that proved to be most important, causing the majority of casualties suffered during World War II. Common principles were shared across units but the wide variety of weapons available to the different armies altered the way they were used in battle.

Focusing on the US, British, German and Soviet troops, this title offers a comprehensive guide to infantry fire support tactics used through World War II. Combat reports are complemented by specially commissioned artwork to show the way in which tactics varied, and highlight how developments obliged opposing armies to review their own methods.

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. 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, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.

Contents

Introduction
The role of infantry fire support: origins, purpose, doctrine
Infantry fire support weapons: heavy machine guns, mortars, antitank guns, infantry guns, miscellaneous weapons
Infantry fire support units: battalion units, by nationality - regimental
brigade units, by nationality
Tactical employment: provision of fire support to units and sub-units - examples of tactical employment
Glossary and Bibliography
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