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.
A handbook on hand-to-hand combat written by W E Fairburn, famous for his joint invention, the Fairburn-Sykes fighting knife, issued to all British Commandos. Very simple, very clear and very effective - with many illustrations of methods of disarming and killing the enemy, and of getting out of tight corners.
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.
This is the much sought after handbook which was published after consultation between the US Army and the British War Office. It contains all that was known about the Japanese Army and Navy in late 1944, and can be considered generally authoritative. It covers in great detail the following: the Japanese Military System (includng recruitment and training), the Orders of Battle from the High Command downwards and the field replacement system. It also covers the Japanese Air Service, special forces and military police. It then continues with a comprehensive analysis of Japanese ground tactics - both offensive and defensive, together with supply, weapons and equipment, uniforms and insignia and also contains a wealth of conventional signs and abreviations used by the Japanese. The text is more than adequately illustrated with 412 drawings and photographs, and there are also many tables. This is a text which we recommend to all who are interested in any way in the war in the Far East, and is extremely well presented.
This is an extended analysis of Japanese armour and antitank techniques. It includes detailed descriptions of all Japanese tanks (including flame and amphibious) as well as all tank guns. It covers armour tactics and tank-infantry cooperation and special armour tactics. The second half of the book covers antitank equipment including infantry antitank weapons and field artillery, antitank mines, grenades and flamethrowers, and finally gives a lot of detail on Japanese antitank tactics and methods. It was originally published after the end of the war with japan, and so is of considerable historical value and interest. It is particularly valuable in evaluation jungle warfare techniques and adds a further dimension for readers of European tank and antitank narratives.
This valuable pamphlet was published in November 1944 and so is valid right up to the end of the war with Japan. It covers the organisation of tank units, the tactics of those units and their equipment. The details are of great value to any student of Japanese warfare and methods as well as the armoured forces of the Japanese Army.
This valuable pamphlet gives a great deal of information on the conditions in the Far East and on fighting the Japanese. It includes notes on how to treat the native population, how to survive in the jungle, and what the Japanese were doing - and how to beat the enemy. It is very valuable to students of jungle warfare because it deals with the subject at an intimate level, and gives many examples from the fighting in the jungle in the various countries and territories in which the Japanese were engaged.
The North African campaign produced local variations in doctrine and training, and many pamphlets designed for North West Europe were not suitable for the desert. These Middle East Training pamphlets were issued to cover the gaps in knowledge and method, and were bound into two volumes and kept at the Museum of The Royal Logistic Corps where they were found. They are reprinted exactly as the originals with the exception that some plates have been reduced in size for ease of printing, but losing none of their detail.
This is a complete account of operations of 8 Corps from the Normandy landings to the end of the war when the Corps was on the shores of the Baltic. Originally published privately in two volumes, this publication is a combination of both, and includes 7 A2 maps to illustrate the movements of the Corps on the ground. Part I includes the role of the Corps in the invasion, and in operations Epsom, Goodwood and Bluecoat, and the advance to the River Maas. Part II covers operations from the Rhine crossing to the end of the war. There are 7 A2 maps in colour at the rear of the book, a reproduction of all the oversized maps from the original.
Operations in France and Flanders 1940: the German invasion of the Low Countries and France, and the Allied operations in response.The papers of Lord Gort were used to compile this account of operations leading up to Dunkirk, and the evacuation. Of particular importance to students of the early stages of World War II.
The Canadian Army performed a pivotal role in the Second World War, which is sometimes almost ignored. This book shows why this error in perception needs to be corrected. MLRS has already published a number of important papers on Canadian operations during the Second World War, and this book gives an overall view of everything the Canadians did to help the military effort against the Axis forces. Canadians guarded Britain, raided German installations (especially Dieppe), and fought through Sicily and Italy before taking part in Operation Overlord and the defeat of Germany. They were also in the Far East, and many Canadians fought in the British Army. This is their account, an honourable story. Includes OrBats for infantry and armoured units in 1945. Illustrated, and with 15 coloured maps.
This volume in our canadian series covers Canadian troops during their 'watch on the Maas' in the winter of 1944/45. It shows that 1 Canadian Army was not in a backwater of the war, and that there was a lot of enemy activity during that very cold winter. Also contains details of the preparation for Operation Veritable and the attack on Kapelshieveer. See also our other canadian army reports.
This is the single most important text on the subject of the gun in the British Army during the Second World War. It is complete in all detail, and exceptionally well illustrated with diagrams, photographs and maps. It covers the following topics: Pre-War developments Antiaircraft artillery Antitank artillery Anti-mortar methods The War in North Africa, Italy, NWEurope and the Far East. Within the text there are descriptions of all equipments used, and where they were in action. There are also details of shell, fuses, fire control equipment and the myriad of other equipment needed by the gunner to get his shell onto the target. The fire plans alone are worth the price of this book, covering operations in NW Europe and in the Far East in specific detail. This is a book which we recommend unreservedly to any historian of the Second World War. Also contains comparisons between British and foreign artillery and antitank guns. Originals are very difficult to find.
This manual covers the organisation and role of the US rifle company in the Infantry Regiment, and was issued in March 1944, just before the Allied landings in Normandy on D-Day. It covers offensive and defensive combat for rifle platoons and squads (sections), and also contains similar information for the weapons platoon. Methods covered include fighting in woods, built-up areas and on river lines, and assaults on fortified positions. Of real importance in understanding how the Americans intended to fight when they met the Germans in France and beyond.