This is the fourth pamphlet in a series which was issued at the end of the Second World War. The aim of the series was to consolidate lessons learned and, in the case of this pamphlet, to produce guidelines for future airborne operations. The pamphlet covers airborne and airtransported operations, airborne forces and airtransported forces, and looks at organisation, training, operations ands supply. It is illustrated with a number of line drawings of signals networks and loading plans for aircraft. It contains the basic format for airborne operations which was the product of such operations as the D-Day landings and Operation Market Garden.
This pamphlet was available to the Home Guard and describes the German tank and how to destroy it. It is an early publication, dealing with the light tanks used by the Germans, and the author gives examples of anti-tank actions in the Spanish Civil War, in which he took part. It is a fascinating look at the "enthusiastic" approach to killing tanks. Diagrams illustrate the main points and the devices that could be cobbled together from the household are described. An insight into the amateur side of World War II.
This is a translation of the 1936 Japanese Army Tactics Manual "Oyo Senjutsu No Sanko" which appeared in this revised edition in 1938 and for use at the Japanese Military Academy. That it was intended for young officers is quite clear from the detail and the excellent tactical maps. The tactics employed were those used by the Japanese Army throughout the Second World War. Very informative, and essential in understanding how the Japanese Army worked in the field.
It is almost impossible to describe shortly the contents of these 28 pamphlets, which were issued throughout the war as the need arose. Each contains training memoranda, but in addition there are reports from theatres of war, personal experiences in battle, notes about weapons, tactics, equipment and organisation, plus advice on many aspects of warfare and of military life in general. There is no easy way to catalogue the contents, but they make fascinating reading. Also included is a listing of pamphlets issued during the war and those which have been amended or superceded. In all a first class reader of army life and the increasing professionalism of the British Army.In two volumes.
A detailed description of the German Army in 1941 as seen by the British Army in North Africa. Contains details of the organisation, weapons equipment and tactics as observed in fighting against the Germans in the North African campaign, Crete and Greece. A valuable record of what the German Army in North Africa (and elsewhere) was at the end of 1941.
This is the last of the wartime field engineering pamphlets to be issued as one book. It covers all-arms field engineering and describes protective works, obstacles and minefields and how to overcome these as well. It also looks at the factors affecting the design of protective works and shows how important field engineering was despite the often rapid advances of the time.
This is the US Army manual of instruction for all forms of field fortification from simple shell scrapes to formal trench systems, artillery emplacements and shelters. It is profusely illustrated and can be said to be a compendium of trench designs for the first half of the twentieth Century. It includes many complex constructions including watch towers, antiaircraft towers and weapon emplacements.
FSPB 1939 contains a set of pamphlets issued from 1939 onwards covering: Glossary of Military Terms and Organization in the Field, Orders and Communications, Intelligence - Information and Security, Field Engineering, Billets, Camps and Bivouacs, Camp Cooking and Water Arrangements, Mechanized Movement by Road, Movement by Sea, Rail and Air, Protection against Gas, Supply and Replenishment of Material in the Field, Ammunition Abbreviations, Medical Services, Discipline, and Office Work and Burial Parties. Seemingly boring items, the book actually gives a picture of the ethos of army life at the time, and is instrumental in elaborating on the picture with a wealth of detail. A fundamental text.
Major Armstrong, the author, had a lot of experience in sniping on ther western front in the First World War, and he wrote his experiences down for the use of troops and the Home Guard at the beginning of the Second World War. This manual covers all aspects of sniping and is a first class introduction to the subject both then and now.
The nightmare of infantry and tanks alike - built up areas defended by well trained and equipped enemy forces. This pamphlet, originally issued in 1943, and updated in 1945, shows how the enemy could be overcome. The pamphlet covers all aspects of the attack and defence together with weapons and minor tactics. It is illustrated with six colour maps and a number of photographs of typical town layouts in Europe. This is a complete explanation of the art of FIBUA and how to attack as well as how to defend buildings, villages and towns.
The title of this pamphlet suggests that the days of fighting the spear/bow and arrow natives on the Veldt and in the Jungle were over: this was very true for the British Army had come up against an enemy who used the jungle to his advantage - the Japanese. This early pamphlet shows that the realisation of the changes wrought in late 1941 were appreciated, and something was being done about it. The pamphlet covers the basics, and then advises on the special conditions relevant to each arm. It lays down procedures for attack and defence as well as the important background material relating to transport, supply and hygiene in both jungle and bush warfare. It forms a valuable introduction to this alternative style of warfare which is continued in other jungle warfare publications already reprinted by MLRS Books.
Details of German Flak equipment from machine guns to 15 cm guns. The pamphlet covers all German antiaircraft guns as well as search lights, fire control equipment and balloons. Importantly it also describes antiaircraft equipment used by army units and formations, and has an interesting and informative section on the use of Flak guns against ground targets, especially the 88mm gun in the antitank role. Illustrated with good photographs and drawings, plus organisational details.
A short but informative pamphlet issued by US VII Corps. The title gives information on the organisation of artillery within divisions (Panzer, Pz Gren, Lw Field, Para, SS Pz and SS Pz Gren) in the post D-Day period, together with details of field emplacements, camouflage, signals etc. Of real value to any artillery student or wargamer.
A good analysis of German coastal defences, issued in 1943. It looks at harbour defences (and German naval units), beach defences and obstacles, and the heavier fortifications often found inland of the beaches. Fully illustrated. This should be read in conjunction with German Defence Systems 1944 (see Military Manuals and Pamphlets).