World War II German Motorized Infantry Panzergrenadiers

World War II German Motorized Infantry   Panzergrenadiers Author Nigel Thomas
ISBN-10 9781472819451
Release 2017-04-20
Pages 64
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In World War II Germany's doctrine of mobile warfare dominated the battlefield. By trial and error, the Germans were the first to correctly combine the strength in tanks and in mobile infantry and artillery. This integration of mobile units, equipment and tactics underpinned Germany's successes in the first half of the war. As the war dragged on, the Allies sought to copy German tactics but German armies remained supreme in this type of warfare until their losses had seriously degraded their capabilities. This study traces the development of the different types of unit that came together in the Panzergrenadier branch from the inter-war years through World War II. Using colour plates to display the changes in uniform, equipment and insignia in all theatres of operations throughout the conflict, this is a complete account of Hitler's elite armoured infantry.



Panzergrenadier vs US Armored Infantryman

Panzergrenadier vs US Armored Infantryman Author Steven J. Zaloga
ISBN-10 9781472817099
Release 2017-01-26
Pages 80
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During World War II, the two pre-eminent mechanized infantry forces of the conflict, the German Panzergrenadier arm and the US Army's armoured infantrymen, clashed in France and Belgium after the Normandy landings. These engagements went on to profoundly influence the use of mechanized infantry in the post-war world. Drawing upon a variety of sources, this book focuses on three key encounters between July and December 1944 including during Operation Cobra and the Battle of the Bulge, and examines the origins, equipment, doctrine and combat record of both forces. With specially commissioned full-colour artwork and maps, this study sheds light on the evolving nature of mechanized warfare at the height of World War II.



World War II Infantry Fire Support Tactics

World War II Infantry Fire Support Tactics Author Gordon L. Rottman
ISBN-10 9781472815484
Release 2016-10-20
Pages 64
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As infantry units advanced across Europe the only support they could rely on from day to day was that provided by the heavy weapons of their own units. While thundering tanks struck fear into the hearts of their enemies it was the machine guns, mortars and light cannon that proved to be most important, causing the majority of casualties suffered during World War II. Common principles were shared across units but the wide variety of weapons available to the different armies altered the way they were used in battle. Focusing on the US, British, German and Soviet troops, this title offers a comprehensive guide to infantry fire support tactics used through World War II. Combat reports are complemented by specially commissioned artwork to show the way in which tactics varied, and highlight how developments obliged opposing armies to review their own methods.



German Military Vehicles of World War II

German Military Vehicles of World War II Author Jean-Denis G.G. Lepage
ISBN-10 9780786428984
Release 2007-03-07
Pages 220
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"Discusses the ways this new technology influenced and facilitated Hitler's rearmament. Nomenclature, standard equipment, camouflage and combat roles of vehicles are examined. Arranged by following classifications: cars and motorcycles; trucks and tractors; half-tracks and wheeled combat vehicles. Includes well-researched, detailed line drawings. each section includes a number of individual vehicles, describing design, manufacture, specific use"--Provided by publisher.



Wehrmacht Combat Helmets 1933 45

Wehrmacht Combat Helmets 1933   45 Author Brian C Bell
ISBN-10 9781782008477
Release 2012-12-20
Pages 64
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The German Stahlhelm is perhaps the most recognizable image of World War II. Manufactured in its millions, it was used or copied by many countries. It is still one of the most collected relics of the war; but despite its relative availability, prices have reached levels that challenge collectors to protect themselves by acquiring in-depth knowledge. This book, by a collector of 30 years' standing, offers a detailed masterclass in the patterns, component parts and finishes of the combat helmets used by the German Army, Navy and Air Force. It is illustrated with a superb selection of rare period photos, colour photos of collected examples, and striking colour paintings.



The Modern Russian Army 1992 2016

The Modern Russian Army 1992   2016 Author Mark Galeotti
ISBN-10 9781472819093
Release 2017-02-23
Pages 64
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Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia's army has undergone a turbulent transformation, from the scattered left-overs of the old Soviet military, through a period of shocking decay and demoralization, to the disciplined force and sophisticated 'hybrid war' doctrine that enabled Vladimir Putin to seize Crimea virtually overnight in 2014. Using rare photographs and full colour images of the army in action, profiles of army leaders and defence ministers, as well as orders of battle and details of their equipment and dress, this is a vivid account of the army's troubled history and of its current character, capabilities and status. Written by an internationally respected author with remarkable access to Russian-language sources and veterans, this study is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the growing power of Russia's military.



Scouts Out

Scouts Out Author Robert J. Edwards
ISBN-10 9780811753272
Release 2014-01-01
Pages 528
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Scouts Out is the definitive account of German armored reconnaissance in World War II, essential for historians, armor buffs, collectors, modelers, and wargamers, and the first extensive treatment of the subject in English.



Mechanized Juggernaut or Military Anachronism

Mechanized Juggernaut or Military Anachronism Author R. L. DiNardo
ISBN-10 9781461751328
Release 2008-08-04
Pages 192
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One of the great misconceptions about World War II is the notion that the German Army was a marvel of mechanical efficiency, combining lightning speed with awesome military power. However, despite the frightening strength of the panzer forces, about 75 percent of the German Army relied on horses for transport. Horses played a role in every German campaign, from the blitzkrieg in Poland in 1939 and the invasion of Russia to France in 1944. Even the epic tank battle at Kursk witnessed the use of these animals. DiNardo offers a compelling reconsideration of the German war machine. An unusual, myth-busting approach to the German Army in World War II Shows how horses were employed and how Germany acquired many of its horses from conquered countries



New Zealand Infantryman vs German Motorcycle Soldier

New Zealand Infantryman vs German Motorcycle Soldier Author David Greentree
ISBN-10 9781472817112
Release 2017-02-23
Pages 80
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In April 1941, as Churchill strove to counter the German threat to the Balkans, New Zealand troops were hastily committed to combat in the wake of the German invasion of Greece where they would face off against the German Kradschützen � motorcycle troops. Examining three major encounters in detail with the help of maps and contemporary photographs, this lively study shows how the New Zealanders used all their courage and ingenuity to counter the mobile and well-trained motorcycle forces opposing them in the mountains and plains of Greece and Crete. Featuring specially commissioned artwork and drawing upon first-hand accounts, this exciting account pits New Zealand's infantrymen against Germany's motorcycle troops at the height of World War II in the Mediterranean theatre, assessing the origins, doctrine and combat performance of both sides.



God Honor Fatherland

God  Honor  Fatherland Author Thomas McGuirl
ISBN-10 0965758400
Release 1997
Pages 226
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Panzergrenadier Division Grossdeutschland was one of Germany's most celebrated military formations of the Second World War. Formed in 1942 by the expansion of Infantry Regiment (motorized) Grossdeutschland, the new division quickly earned its reputation on the Eastern Front of being the elite of the German Army. Twice the size of most other divisions, it was an immensely powerful and hard-hitting mechanized formation that cut a large swath through the Red Army, whether in the attack or on the defense. Its carefully selected officer and non-commissioned officer corps ensured that no matter what the odds, the division would always give a good account of itself in battle and would possess an esprit de corps enjoyed by few other comparable divisions, including those of the Waffen-SS. The thousands of volunteers from every land and province in Germany who fought and died while serving in the ranks of Panzergrenadier Division Grossdeutschland represented a cross-section of German society, a radical departure from the manner in which most German divisions of the era were created. Now for the first time, the faces of these men, at rest and in battle, can be seen through the images gleaned from hundreds of photographs taken by the division's war correspondents or Kriegsberichter. This outstanding selection of photographs, which until recently remained unseen for decades in a European archive, have been recovered and painstakingly researched by authors Remy Spezzano and Thomas McGuirl. Together with the assistance of the division's Veterans' association, they identified hundreds of men, living and dead, as well as dozens of combat vehicles, items of equipment, and specificengagements the division took part in from April 1942 to September 1944. Accompanied by a detailed narrative that ties each of the photos within the context of the war on the Eastern Front, God, Honor, Fatherland represents a milestone in the study of the war in the East and shows the face of the German soldier as he has never been shown before.



World War II Battlefield Communications

World War II Battlefield Communications Author Gordon L. Rottman
ISBN-10 1846038472
Release 2010-06-22
Pages 64
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Osprey's examination of technological advances in communications during World War II (1939-1945). Perhaps the biggest difference in the fighting between the two World Wars lay in the invention of the man-portable radio that allowed for a greater degree of tactical coordination than ever before. Gordon L. Rottman provides an informative study of the use of small radios, field telephones, signal flares and ground-to-air signaling that revolutionized the battlefield.



St L 1944

St L   1944 Author Steven J. Zaloga
ISBN-10 9781472816955
Release 2017-06-29
Pages 96
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Following the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944, the First US Army engaged in a six-week struggle to break out of the Normandy beach-head. The hedgerow country of lower Normandy, called the Bocage, presented unanticipated tactical problems since it proved to be ideal for German infantry defense. This book examines the brutal attritional struggle in June-July 1944 to overcome the determined German defense and secure St Lô. The city was the site of a crucial cross-roads and was thus a vital target for the invading Allied forces; the initial bombing attacks were so severe that the journalist and poet Samuel Beckett would later report that it had been 'bombed out of existence in one night'. The attack by ground forces turned into a brutal attritional struggle to overcome the determined German defense. Using full-colour artwork, photographs and maps, this is the engaging story of one of the key engagements in the Battle of Normandy.



The History of the Panzerwaffe

The History of the Panzerwaffe Author Thomas Anderson
ISBN-10 9781472814500
Release 2017-05-18
Pages 304
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The final years of World War II saw the legendary Panzerwaffe face its most difficult challenges, with Allied troops landing at Normandy and storming across the continent and the Russians gaining the upper hand on the Eastern Front. As Germany fought fiercely to hold on to the advantages gained in the early years, they relied heavily on the Panzer IV, the Panzer V Panther and the StuG III – the backbone of their infamous armoured divisions – to hold back their advancing opponents. This second volume on the Panzerwaffe offers a comprehensive guide to the final years of Germany's most famous fighting force, covering the further use of the Panzer IV, the role played by the StuG III assault gun and the battlefield debut of the formidable Panther. Explosive combat reports and rare archive photographs help uncover the final years of the Panzers, from their defence against the D-Day landings and the role they played in the Ardennes Offensive to their valiant last stand in Berlin.



Tip of the Spear

Tip of the Spear Author Robert J. Edwards
ISBN-10 9780811715713
Release 2015-11-15
Pages 528
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During World War II, German armored reconnaissance laid the groundwork—often through small-unit actions—for the stunning tank and infantry operations that made the German military famous. Robert Edwards's follow-up to Scouts Out, the first extensive treatment of the subject in English, focuses on the battles and personalities found in ranks of the Waffen-SS, Luftwaffe, and other divisions. • Covers armored reconnaissance in Poland, France in 1940, the Balkans, North Africa, the Eastern Front, Italy, and the Western Front • Numerous firsthand accounts and after-action reports • Analysis of recon operations, from tactics and doctrine to vehicles and commanders



Luzon 1945

Luzon 1945 Author Clayton Chun
ISBN-10 9781472816306
Release 2017-04-18
Pages 96
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Driven from the Philippines in 1942, General Douglas MacArthur returned three years later to force the Japanese off of its main island of Luzon. Containing the capital of Manila, vital natural resources as well as thousands of Allied prisoners of war, the triumph at Luzon would be a vital step on the road to victory as the Americans continued to island-hop their way towards the Japanese home islands. This new study details one of the hardest-fought campaigns of the Pacific War with Japanese fatalities alone on Luzon topping 200,000. Emphasizing the differences in Japanese and American strategy, and detailing the combat operations of the campaign, this volume tells the story of how MacArthur kept his promise to return and liberate the Philippines.



German Armoured Warfare of World War II

German Armoured Warfare of World War II Author Ian Baxter
ISBN-10 1853675490
Release 2003
Pages 224
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Starting from the Blitzkrieg period, when Nazi Germany unleashed its mobile armored divisions into Poland, France and the Low Countries, German Armored Warfare of World War II captures the full might of the Panzerwaffe, Hitler's Panzer arm, from its early triumphs to its final demise. Featuring previously unpublished photographs, many of which have come from the albums of individuals who experienced the war firsthand, the book presents a unique and vivid record of German armor in action from 1939 - 1945. The photographs detail in turn the different elements that went into making up a fully fledged Panzer division: light tanks, main battle tanks, artillery, assault guns and anti tank destroyers, reconnaissance units, support vehicles, and of course the Panzergrenadiers. in depth descriptive captions accompanying the photographs also provide much historical information and facts about the events portrayed. Depicting action from the fields of France to the Russian steppes and rugged Italian terrain, German Armored Warfare of World War II is a captivating glimpse of one of the most effective weapons of war ever to have appeared on the battlefield.



The Wehrmacht

The Wehrmacht Author Tim Ripley
ISBN-10 9781135970345
Release 2014-01-27
Pages 352
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To see the foreword, the introduction, a generous selection of sample pages, and more, visit the website The Wehrmacht website. In this unique volume, expert Tim Ripley introduces the reader to the world of the German army, covering in detail concepts such as mobile defense and the formidable Blitzkrieg, and explains why the Wehrmacht was able to fight so long, with such fearsome effectiveness. Also includes 180 color and black and white maps and illustrations.