In the first of a three-volume study, the author presents an extremely detailed record of the organisation, doctrine and equipment of U.S. Army infantry divisions during the latter part of World War II. The second and third volumes will provide capsule histories for all U.S. Army infantry divisions during this period.
After examining the state of the U.S. Army during the 1940-43 period, Yves Bellanger focuses on the 1943-45 period, and presents each of the division’s sub-units - from the divisional HQ to an infantry battalion, from the divisional artillery to its combat engineer element. For each, the author examines their organisation (down to the lowest level possible), their training and tactical doctrine, in addition to listing all the equipment, vehicles and weapons they were issued with.
The first volume concludes with a comprehensive set of appendices, including sample command rosters.
A paperback reprint of this critically acclaimed title.
-No equivalent book is available which covers the 1943-45 U.S. Army infantry divisions in comparable detail
-An extraordinarily-detailed guide - lists ALL equipment issued to ALL elements of the infantry division, from an infantry battalion’s HQ company, to the division’s military police platoon, thus including much information on rear-area units usually ignored or forgotten
-Includes a large number of organisational charts, plus detailed sample command rosters
-Tactical doctrine is covered in detail, drawing extensively on contemporary US field manuals
-The author received extensive assistance from US veterans in writing this book
-An essential reference for re-enactors, modellers, wargamers, researchers and anyone who requires a detailed guide to the U.S. Army during the 1943-45 period
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