This is the 1942 provisional manual for instructors of Fieldcraft and Battle Drill. The concept of battle drills was only just beginning to appear in the training schedules of British infantry units, and this manual is the first that appeared. It covers Fieldcraft in detail, and then looks at section and platoon battle drills for the attack. It also covers the platoon in offensive defence. Further sections explain company battledrills, and carrier section battledrills. It ends with an analysis of the German and British methods in attack and defence, and a short section on dogs in war. This is a rare find, but is valuable in that the author(s) had had experience in the Spanish Civil War or in France 1940, and were aware of the problems facing the British army in taking on the Germans, who had much more modern and effective battle drills at the start of the Second World War. A valuable book, which eventually led to the 1944 infantry training manuals (also reprinted by MLRS Books).
This publication draws together three original pamphlets on the Soviet Army, two of which are wartime titles, and one is a post-war British Army pamphlet. The Soviet Fighting Forces looks at the history of the Red Army, the Finnish Campaign, the Red Army in 1942 and its strategy and tactics and personnel. Short Notes on the Red Army was issued in 1942 by the British Army and describes the characteristics and organisation of the Soviet ground and air forces, and also covers AFVs, artillery, aircraft and other weapons, plus a short note on tactics and Russian military conventional signs and military abbreviations. There is a coloured section on uniforms and insignia.The third pamphlet, The Soviet Army, although issued in 1949 (amended to 1951) actually reflects the Red Army at the end of the war with some later changes. This last pamphlet also includes a number of OrBats and strength tables.
This is above all a tactical pamphlet, covering jungle warfare in 1944. By this time the British Army had come to terms with the Japanese enemy and his fighting methods, and had worked out tactical responses to his actions in the field. The pamphlet is particularly valuable because it contains a number of scenarios in jungle fighting, illustrated with colour maps. It is a very good introduction to jungle warfare and leads the reader further into detailed tactical methods - worthy of study even by today's soldiers.
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