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Global struggle II is usually visible as a disagreement of know-how â€" tanks and plane, artillery and engineering. yet on the middle of the battlefield was once the fight among squaddies, and the know-how was once there to permit them to catch flooring or carry it. This moment of 2 books at the association and strategies of the German, US and British infantry in Europe specializes in nationwide ameliorations within the improvement of corporation and battalion strategies â€" together with these of motorized devices â€" and the war of words and co-operation among infantry and tanks. modern images and diagrams and shiny color plates illustrate what tactical theories really intended at the floor at human scale.

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A 1942 manual claimed a range of 50 to 75 yards and an 'excellent effect' against the thinner rear armour of tanks which had been allowed to go past - rather more realistic than the broader claims initially made for this grenade. Germany's Russian front Britain had no monopoly on improvised anti-tank combat. One of the first references to German Army awareness of the problem came in May 1936, with a document entitled 'Guidelines for Anti-Tank Warfare all Weapons', which recognized that 'emergency action' might be required against armoured vehicles.

Phosphorus grenades were better still, since they burned spontaneously, gave billowing smoke (which was their designed purpose), and were almost impossible to extinguish until they burned themselves out. 74 AT grenade) was no weapon for the faint hearted. Just over lIb of nitro-glycerine explosive, prepared to a consistency 'about equal to that of vaseline', was contained in a spherical glass flask thickly covered with a brown adhesive compound, with a handle containing a time fuse and igniter.

A typical example of infantry AT gun tactics is provided by the British 6pdr, for which the new instructions Gun Drill and 6pdr, 7cwt, Anti-Tank Gun were published in 1944. The standard crew was five: commander, loader, layer, second in command or 'link number', and a lookout Bren gunner. To the commander fell the duties of fire control, selection of position, and correctio~ of fire. While the loader operated the breech and readied the next six rounds, the gunlayer aimed the piece using the elevating handwheel and traversing shoulder piece.

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