World War Ii Combat Reconnaissance Tactics by Gordon L. RottmanWorld War Ii Combat Reconnaissance Tactics by Gordon L. Rottman

World War Ii Combat Reconnaissance Tactics

byGordon L. RottmanIllustratorPeter Dennis

Paperback | September 18, 2007

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Osprey's study of reconnaisance tactics of World War II (1939-1945). Combat reconnaissance, the practice of sending small groups of soldiers ahead of the main body of forces was employed by all of the major armies in World War II. They would either creep through the landscape or speed through enemy territory in light armored vehicles or jeeps, bristling with machine guns, to report on the position and strength of the enemy.

This book examines the often risky tactics and their devastating casualty rates. The equipment employed by combat reconnaissance groups during the war is investigated as are the rapid changes in tactics that resulted from operational failures, and the requirements of differing terrain and operational theaters, which saw reconnaissance forces use a range of transport from horses to boats and light tanks. Taking into account the improving radio technology available to both Axis and Allied reconnaissance forces, Gordon L Rottman provides a crucial insight into an underestimated section of the armed forces, whose work would not only save lives but noticeably affected the outcome of the war.

Gordon L Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a special operations for...
Title:World War Ii Combat Reconnaissance TacticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.68 × 7.22 × 0.13 inPublished:September 18, 2007Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1846031370

ISBN - 13:9781846031373

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Table of Contents

'NOT A STEP WITHOUT RECONNAISSANCE ': The purposes and means of reconnaissance; The shortcomings of maps and photographs; The time factor·RECONNAISSANCE MISSIONS:
Information collection and assessment; Patrol tasks (point reconnaissance; area reconnaissance; route reconnaissance; defensive patrolling; outposts and out-guards; other types of patrol)·DIVISIONAL RECONNAISSANCE UNITS: Capabilities and missions; Unit organization·MOBILITY: Foot movement;Snow; Water obstacles; Horses; Bicycles; Motorcycles; Light trucks and cars; Armoured vehicles·WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT: Weapons (the weight/firepower balance);
Compasses; Binoculars; Maps; Clothing and camouflage;Communications (AM radios; FM radios; field telephones; panels; smoke and pyrotechnics)·TACTICS AND TECHNIQUES: Composition of patrols; The rifle squad;
Stealth vs firepower·NATIONAL COMPARISONS: United States; Great Britain; Soviet Union; Germany; Japan·FURTHER READING·PLATE COMMENTARIES· INDEX

Editorial Reviews

"Gordon L. Rottman's World War II Combat Reconaissance Tactics is essential for any collection strong in World War II battles and strategy, narrowing the focus to reconaissance units and analyzing their procedures. Vintage wartime photos accent the experiences." -The California Bookwatch (January 2008)"...this is superbly written by the author G. Rottman and along with excellent period images and the artwork and maps of illustrator P. Dennis, makes this a book that is not only easy to follow, but one that adds much to ones knowledge of the subject. Another excellent Osprey book that I know you will enjoy reading." -Scott Van Aken, (September 2007)