World War II Infantry Tactics

World War II Infantry Tactics

Squad and Platoon

Elite 105
  • Author: Stephen Bull
  • Illustrator: Brian Delf, Mike Chappell
  • Short code: ELI 105
  • Publication Date: 25 May 2004
  • Number of Pages: 64
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Despite all technological advances, final mastery of any battlefield depends upon the tight-knit group of footsoldiers trained to manoeuvre, shoot and dig in. This first of a two-part study examines the methods by which the Western infantry of World War II - the German, British and US armies - actually brought their firepower to bear. Drawing upon period training manuals for the evolving theory, and on personal memoirs for the individual practice, this first book covers the organization and tactics of the squad of ten or a dozen men, and the platoon of three or four squads. The text is illustrated with contemporary photographs and diagrams, and with colour plates bringing to life the movement of soldiers on the battlefield.

Biographical Note

Dr Stephen Bull is the Curator of the Museum of Lancashire in Preston, which incorporates the collections of several local regiments. Born in 1960, he graduated from the University of Wales with a BA (Hons) in history and obtained his doctorate from University College, Swansea. For several years he worked at the National Army Museum. He has written numerous articles for specialist journals, including a number on the weapons and tactics of World War I. Mike Chappell began painting military subjects in 1968 and since then has gained worldwide popularity as a military illustrator. Brian Delf has worked as a freelance illustrator on a variety of subjects since 1972.


The infantryman's job as it was understood in 1939 Organisation and weapons of the infantry squad, platoon and company Digging in Tactics in attack and defence - use of light machine guns, sub-machine guns, rifles and grenades Command and control Casualties and their effects

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