World War II Street-Fighting Tactics

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World War II Street-Fighting Tactics

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In a continuation of the tactics mini-series, this book analyzes the physical tactics of the close-quarter fighting that took place in ruined cities during World War II. Street-to-street fighting in cities was not a new development, but the bombed-out shells of cities and advances in weaponry meant that World War II took such strategies to a new level of savagery and violence. Packed with eye-witness accounts, tutorials from original training manuals, maps, and full-colour artwork, this is an eye-opening insight into the tactics and experiences of infantry fighting their way through ruined cities in the face of heavy casualty rates and vicious resistance.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION·'BLITZKRIEG' IN URBAN AREAS: Prewar doctrine: German – British; 1940: anticipating invasion; American responses·THE EASTERN FRONT, 1941–44: The opening rush; Stalingrad: the academy of street fighting; Warsaw: improvisation and terror; Lessons from Warsaw: the German analysis·THE ITALIAN EXPERIENCE: The Canadians in Ortona; British analysis: Fighting in Built Up Areas (1943); Cassino; Air support: Training Manual No.5·THE US ARMY IN NW EUROPE: Doctrine: FM 31-50; The urban environment – squad organization – house-to-house fighting – tank/infantry co-operation – raiding; Practical experience: 23rd Infantry at Brest – 26th Infantry at Aachen – 410th Infantry at Schillersdorf·GERMANY, 1945: German forces; Allied forces – flamethrowers·CONCLUSIONS·PLATE COMMENTARIES·INDEX

Product details

Published 10 Sep 2008
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846032912
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 60 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Elite
Short code ELI 168
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Stephen Bull

Dr Stephen Bull worked for the National Army Museu…


Peter Dennis

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