This pamphlet was originally written by German field and staff officers who had experienced the style of warfare in Russia between 1941- and 1945. When published in 1950 the United States was moving troops to Korea, fearing that Russian troops might be sent there as well. The pamphlet covers the Russian soldier and the Russian army, peculiarities of Russian tactics, the Red Air Force and partisan warfare. It gives a picture of the russians as the Germans saw them, and is invaluable in gaining an understanding of the opposition to German forces during the Second World War. Illustrated with 8 A4 maps (7 in colour).
The "Red books" published after the Second World War have a rightful place in the military historians library, written to consolidate the lessons learned during the war. This is the Signals Red Book (and see our reprint of the Artillery Red Book:The Development of Artillery Tactics and Equipment.) It covers every aspect of signals communications during the war, and developments in equipment, procedure, organisation and communications right down to regimental level. There is no better book published on this subject, and it is dealt with in a very reader-friendly way with positively no circuit diagrams. Well worth the price considering its very wide scope and detailed content, which adds much to an understanding of many operations during the war, including Operation Market Garden.
This is an account of tactical air operations carried out by the US 8 Air Force from D-Day to the end of the war in Europe. It relates what was done to support the ground operations on D-Day itself, and immediately thereafter. It then follows the campaign inland. It also covers general air operations, supply drops and operations against the V-bomb offensive, Operation Crossbow. Further details include attacks on radar installations, coastal batteries, air-sea rescue and leaflet drops. The appendices are detailed and give a statistical picture of Crossbow operations and anti-German Airfield attacks. A valuable addition to the land warfare papers on D-Day and subsequent operations already published by MLRS Books.
The author questions whether the German air assault on Crete was worth the losses incurred. German paratroop casualties were such that they were never again used in a strategic role, being consigned thereafter to a ground role. Major Biank looks carefully at the operation and comes to some valuable conclusions about the balance between strategic gain and losses incurred to specialist troops. Important in the study and evaluation of airborne operations.
Canadian forces landed in I Corps area on D-Day and this is the detailed story of that and subsequent operations up to the end of July 1944. The narrative covers the assault and operations WINDSOR, CHARNWOOD, ATLANTIC and SPRING. It also includes a full Order of Battle for D-Day, and a casualty report. With 3 A3 situation maps and one coloured general area map.
The Dieppe Raid could be described as a disaster; this is a complete reprint of the original mammoth report issued by Combined Operations Headquarters in 1942. Careful reading shows what was known about the town and its defences, the plan and the aftermath. The volume is complete with all its plans, diagrams, maps and photographs in exactly the same place as in the original, and nothing has been omitted. Please note that some of the maps are oversized. A very valuable analysis of this combined opeartion.
Fort Eben Emael was a significant obstacle in the path of the German invasion of the west in 1940. The author asks if the use of new military techniques and forces was essential to its capture, and looks at the troop training involved as well as the Belgian viewpoint. A significant paper in this excellent series of analyses. Illustrated.
MLRS has once more been extremely fortunate in getting hold of scans of the documents which make up this publication. The reports from Germany by the US Military Attaché show the development of the German Army from 1935 to the outbreak of war in 1939. The attaché reports on all manner of matters, including fortifications in East Prussia, the German Army in the Czech crisis in 1938 (together with an OrBat), training and the state of the German Army and the V Corps Exercise of 1937. By far the most important part of these reports is the section dealing with the German annexation of Czechoslovakia in 1938, and there is a wealth of previously unseen material for the reader - both professional and amateur. Of prime importance in pre-war military history.
Prior to the success of Operation Supercharge in November 1942, the situation in August and September was still apparently biased in the favour of the joint German-Italian forces in North Africa. At the end of August the Germans launched an ambitious attack against the El Alamein defensive position, threatening to outflank the British and Commonwealth troops. This is the detailed account of that battle, accompanied by a full set of planning and situation maps (seven of them in size A2). Further CAB papers on subsequent events will be published (and see Operation Supercharge elsewhere on this web site).
This is a short but very valuable account of the invasion of Poland, carried out by the Germans in 1939. It covers all major events and is of value as a starting point for further research. Illustrated with eight A3 maps (of which five are additions to the original) showing various aspects of the campaign and background factors.
Operation Weser?bung - the German invasions of Denmark and Norway 1940. This US report on this operation is a first class account of what was the first German combined air/sea/land operation of the Second World War. Operation Weserubung took the Allies by surprise, and the subsequent occupation of Norway caused both Hitler and Churchill to indulge in a number of flights of fancy throughout the war. Fully illustrated with coloured maps, A4 softbound.
This publication is a reprint of the National Archive papers covering the fabled LRDG from formation in 1940 to the end of the Campaign in North Africa in May 1943. It describes how the idea first came about, and how the LRDG was started. Personnel are named throughout this fascinating text, and it covers every operation carried out by LRDG. It also covers the role of LRDG when acting as the 'desert taxi service" for the fledgling SAS under David Stirling and Paddy Mayne. The operations consisted of the boring up to the highly interactive, and the paper reads almost as well as a novel, despite the fact that it is entirely true - this is what the LRDG got up to in the sands and rocks of North Africa. With two A2 (b&w) maps.
The German attack in the west in December 1944 was a last attempt by the German forces to disrupt the progress eastwards of the Allied armies under Eisenhower, and for some days it was a threat to strategic plans and Anglo-American peace of mind. This account of the German preparations for the attack was written by Maj Schramm, who was the official German war historian. It gives details of the planning, and the changes in plan, before the attack was launched to the surprise of all on December 16, 1944. It is of particular value in that is is apparently the only English language publication on the subject. Of great interest is the hands-on approach by Hitler.
The campaign in North Africa from the Australian point of view. This massive tome (reprinted in two volumes) is an excellent, minutely detailed account of Australian troops from March 1941 to December 1942. It is essentially the history of the Ninth Australian Division but is told in relation to other Allied troops also on the battlefield. This is a really good account which stands equal to any publication on this area of warfare. Highly recommended