A detailed description of German static defence systems, with particular emphasis on the West Wall. The pamphlet describes defensive systems that were expected to be met from the D-Day invasion beaches to defences on the German border. It is an important text which is recommended to all who are studying the Allied operations from D-Day onwards. It shows what had to be overcome and German defensive thinking.
Needed by anyone using German documents whether in translation or in the original German, this lisitng explains all relevant German military abbreviations from A = Abscnitt = sector, section or zone to Z.Z.E = Zeigerzieleinrichtung = dial sight (artillery) via such glories as Gesch. Rei = Rifle cleaning and K.Z. = Concentration Camp.
A translation of an original German military training manual for ski troops, the manual covers individual and unit training, heavy infantry weapons, movement on skis, patrols and raids. It includes details of the organisation of ski units to battalion level. Further information includes dog teams, ski maintenance and the evacuation of wounded. There are 42 good illustrations.
The pamphlet is a resum? (in translation) of lectures at the German Army Kriegsakademie on tactical doctrine - the essence of German tactical thought. It covers ground, concealment, battlefield intelligence, communications, field orders, marches, attack, defence, delaying action and withdrawal. Also covers field artillery. Of significant importance in understanding the underlying tactical principles of German army operations in the field and all the factors considered in making a military move.
This large publication is a product of SHAEF and was issued to help identify German equipment in a wide range of categories. It covers small arms, artillery equipment (and sighting and ranging gear) and AFVs and, although the photographs are generally of only limited value, the data sheets cover a number of rare items, some of which are not mentioned in modern texts on the subject. A rare original albeit hastily produced at the end of the war which is of significant value for the otherwise unknown items it covers.
This reprint is of a manual plus amendments (Nos 1 and 4) covering equipment of the German Army up to 1945. A multitude of equipment is covered from small arms to tanks, range finders to sighting equipment, trucks, guns, mines and other items. Although not accompanied with detailed descriptions, the pamphlets allow identification of equipment, and will be very helpful to photographic researchers and others interested in identifying equipment otherwise unidentified in photographs of the period.
Official manual for the US Iinfantry battalion (October) 1944, containing all details of the organisation of a US infantry battalion. Also contains instructions of all aspects of tactics - movements, attack, defence and withdrawal. Within these setions the manual also details operations in woods, jungle, FIBUA, river crossings and raids and beachheads. Recommended to anyone needing information on US infantry organisation and tactics.
Infantry Section and Platoon Fieldcraft, Battle Drills and Tactics. This is a reprint of the 1944 edition of infantry training which was issued just before D-Day and covers all aspects of fieldcraft adnd tactics for the infantry platoon and section.It is rightly regarded as the text book for infantry small scale operations from D-Day to the end of the war. It was issued as part of a series of volumes, some of which never appeared. Those that were will be reprinted in the near future to make up the 1944 set. Of singular value to anyone needing a picture of how British infantry worked from D-Day onwards.
The British Army in 1937 may have been small, but it was still one of the most professional in the world. This pamphlet gives a picture of infantry training standards at the time, and may be regarded as doctrinal. It covers organisation, weapons, training, drill, field formations, field signals, fieldcraft, battle procedure, patrols, protection, attack and defence, night operations, FIBUA and water crossings. Appendices are also included. Very important in understanding the ethos of the infantry just before the war broke out.
Intelligence Bulletins were issued monthly for the use of junior officers and enlisted men of the US Army, and were a means of disseminating valuable information on the enemy and other matters. This particular issue covers a wealth of topics including German house defenses at Anzio, the flame-throwing PzKw III, minefields in Italy, booby-trap igniters, the German mobile steel pillbox, japanese defensive methods, japanese warfare in Burma and other items including advice about malaria. MLRS plans to reprint all of these bulletins as they come available.
This is a short but valuable pamphlet published by GHQ India giving information on the way the Japanese forces were fighting in the Far East in 1943. Essentially it covers defence and attack (including night operations) and, importantly, gives a series of examples of real fighting against the Japanese. Of great value in understanding what the Japanese were doing and the thought processes behind developing counter-tactics.
Jungle fighting was a very signifiant part of operations carried out by US troops (and marines) in the Second World War and this is a reprint of the 1944 manual which covers training, weapons, clothing and equipment, living in the jungle, and all aspects of fighting the enemy. Much of what is written is still valid today.
This was one of the first field engineering manuals to be issued after the First World War, and is greatly influenced by British experiences during that war. It recounts the lessons learned during the Great War, and how they are to be applied in 1925. Of great interest is the section on coastal defence. There are a number of historical illustrations and comment on the types of attack to be made on fixed fortifications.
General Erskine was GOC British Forces in Egypt in 1950, and wrote two short pamphlets designed to promote discussion on desert warfare. The two pamphlets are printed together and allow changes in emphasis to be seen. The experiences written of were gained by the British Army in the long campaign in the desert during the first half of the Second World War - and they are relevant today. Well worth the read to get a feel for operating in deserts and how to prevent issues typical of the terrain and climate.
This manual covers every issued motorised vehicle used by the US Army during World War Two and includes a photograph plus a description of the basic characteristics of each vehicle. It is a must for anyone needing data on US vehicles - from motorcycles to tanks via trucks, trailers, armoured cars, jeeps, tank transporters, cranes, half-tracks and busses. A really fine manual.
Mountain warfare has always been part of the role of the British Army, but this pamphlet actually consolidates knowledge available in 1943. It covers all aspects of this type of warfare including tactics and survival, and the photographs illustrate the special mountain kit issued to British troops for the role (and particularly to 52 Lowland Div). An interesting pamphlet that stands alone in the training curriculum of the British Army.
The French Army of 1942 was not disregarded by the Allies, occupying Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, under the control of the Vichy Government. This pamphlet covers the organisation (with many OrBats), equipment and weapons of the army and also includes a colour section on uniforms and insignia. Of importance in considering Operation Torch and Allied operations in North Africa.