This pamphlet was issued by the British War Office in 1942 and is literally ‘the last word’ on the subject as the Italian Army was soon to disappear as a combatant in the Second World War. It gives details of personnel, arms of the service and operations in war, militia, organisation and strength, details of troops in Libya as well as sections on equipment. There is also a chapter on the identification of Italian units, plus Italian conventional signs and abbreviations. Many organisation charts and other tables.
"Reibert" has been around for the last 80 years or so, but one of the rarest finds is the edition for 1943, of which this is a reprint. Brought partially up to date for 1943 (it includes the MG34 and the MP38) it nevertheless contains most of earlier editions as well. It was available to all in Nazi Germany and served as an introduction to the German Army and military service as well as a vade mecum for newly mustered recruits. Recommended as both an historical text and a rarity even as a reprint.
This fascinating report is one of a series written by German officers for the US Air Force after the Second World War. It covers in some detail operations carried out by the Luftwaffe in support of the German Army on all fronts. It starts with an examination of the history of air support in World War I, and the provisions made for expansion in the event of a subsequent conflict. It then looks at the development of the (independent) new Luftwaffe, and its role in ground support for the army, together with an account of the weapons needed for this task. The book then gets to the heart of the matter with accounts of the operations themselves - reconnaissance and the air defence of the ground forces in the campaigns in Poland, the West (1940), the Balkans and in Russia. The report is unique, and we have great pleasure in presenting it to our readers as the first volume in our "Air War" series, which will cover air operations during the Second World War. All air operations and similar will be in the Air War section of our catalogue and can be accessed from our front page.
This book was originally published as "Small unit actions in Russia"but has been extended with footnotes where necessary to clarify regimental association within divisions, and certain terms have been explained. Published in two volumes, with Volume II containing all the maps from the original, but now coloured for clarity. Volume I contains the text which deals with infantry, artillery and tank tactics and reports on fighting in woodland and tundra, and anti-partisan operations.
This is an excellent descriptive pamphlet of german infantry tactics as observed British in 1940. It covers all minor tactical aspects and is illustrated with a number of sketch maps showing how the Germans carried out their small unit attacks. It also gives a snapshot of the organisation the German infantry battalion in 1940. This complements other MLRS reprints on the German Army. Search under "German" for other material.
German infantry weapons: a detailed look at all infantry battalion weapons, including pistols, rifles, machine guns, machine pistols and lmortars as well as infantry guns. It includes details of ammunition and packaging. Line drawings and photographs complete a first class publication on a very important topic. Includes diagrams.
This is a reprint of a manual which is described as “a much expanded and more detailed version of courses of lectures given earlier this year  to many of the C.I. personnel, both British and American, who are now in the field.” It covers all aspects of the German intelligence effort, with special chapters on the Abwehr and the RSHA. Very few details have ever appeared on this subject, so this pamphlet has significant importance.
The training given to German troops in the inter-war period was probably the best of any army in the world up to that time. By the time this book was written proof of the value of that training had been seen in Poland, France and Russia. The book describes in detail the pre-military as well as military training, and puts the whole ethos of German preparations for war into context. It also covers the procurement and training of officers, and looks at leadership and the task force, aggressiveness and initiative and the use of terrain and surprise. A worthwhile addition to the library any student of the German army before and during the Second World War.
A series of translations from original German mountain warfare training manuals together with intelligence material gathered from theatres of war, this manual is unique. It covers combat in high mountains, air operations, mountain infantry, artillery, engineers and service troops. It also covers training mountain troops, clothing and the organisation, weapons and equipment of these specialised troops. Fully illustrated with photographs and line drawings, this is a must for anyone interested in special forces troops.
This is an extract from the much larger manual on German explosive ordnance. It covers all German rockets that were in use during the Second World War. It ranges from the V-1 and V-2 'Vengeance' Weapons to anti-aircraft and -shipping missiles and to artillery substitute rockets. Illustrated with many line drawings it is a valuable aid giving a great deal of useful data on these revolutionary new weapons. The whole of the original manual is also available from MLRS Books.
This is a short but valuable description of German tank tactics as observed by the British during operations in France and Flanders in 1940. Essentially it shows how the Germans used their tanks in the invasion of France and includes a colour map of the Aisne crossing by German forces. The first experiences of the Panzer troops which were later to become far more professional.
The Germans had a cruel awakening during the winter of 1941/42. They had planned to be in Moscow sheltering in the buildings there by the time the winter began, but were unable to do so. Instead they were facing not only the growing power of Soviet forces but also the dreaded Russian winter. This manual was issued to troops in August 1942 to prepare them for their next winter in the freezing conditions on the eastern front. This is a complete translation of the German manual "Taschenbuch f?r den Winterkrieg" (Handbook of winter warfare). It is comprehensively illustrated with 92 line drawings. It covers the two mud periods of the Russian year as well as the snows of winter. I deals with the tactics of movement (by road and rail), winter bivouacs, the construction of winter positions, heating, camouflage and protection against the elemants. It also deals with casevac and weapon and equipment care and is still valid today.
The second of the reports on German Military Forces, issued 1943, the book contains a complete description of German Armed Forces as they were in 1942. Many drawings and photographs and orgnanisation charts and tables. This fills in the detail which starts with the 1941 edition, and shows the state of German Militray Forces at the height of their power. Includes much detail on the Luftwaffe of 1942 and aircraft types, tactics and organisation which is not present in the 1945 edition. 9 colour uniform/insignia plates. Softbound 6" x 8.5".
The Handbook on German Military Forces forms the basis for any study of the German Army in 1945. It has such detail on the organisation, recruitment, training, weapons, equipment and uniforms of the German Army (and the Luftwaffe) that it stands on its own as source material. The original has been carefully scanned to produce a first class reprint. It is divided into two parts for the convenience of the reader, with Part I containing the material on organisation (including the Reich itself, OKW, OKH and all superior formations plus units down to section level), recruitment and tactics. Part II contains weapons and equipment, artillery and tanks plus uniforms (and 24 colour plates of uniforms) and there is a section on the Luftwaffe. Readers should note that the 1943 edition of this handbook contains much more detail on the Luftwaffe than this volume. This edition will be published in August. 640 pages (2 parts), A4, softbound. Copious illustrations by photograph and line drawing. This is THE book on the German Army! Includes SS units.
This excellent little pamphlet reflects what British Intelligence could do - it is a translation of a German pamphlet on the German armoured regiment and battalion, and particularly command and control in battle of the tank regiment and battalion. It is particularly recommended to all who are interested in German armoured tactics.
Although published in the United States this pamphlet covers all aspects of the Japanese use of field artillery, and includes examples from British experience as well. It describes the organisation, basic doctrine and tactics of Japanese field artillery in detail (in offensive and defensive roles) and also gives data on Japanese artillery used. The manual is well illustrated with no fewer than 117 photographs and drawings. It was published in late 1944 and so is authoritative right up to the end of hostilities with Japan.
“Much valuable material in this book has been obtained by expert interrogation of Japanese prisoners ... Do not maltreat prisoners but send them back as quickly as possible.” So reads the short introduction to this study of the Japanese Military Forces puiblished quite soon after the disasters of 1941. The book covers a multitude of topics from top to bottom, and is a very important study of the Japanese forces after less that a year of war in the Far East. The book was published almost on the spot by General HQ India, and includes rank badges, equipment, tactics and other important material.