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The development of practical, man-portable radio sets for communication between companies and battalion headquarters, and later between platoons and companies, was central to the character of World War II infantry fighting. It enabled units to employ flexible, coordinated tactics, allowing their commanders to exploit success, call in supporting fire, or limit the costs of failure. However, the new man-pack radios were still immature and infantry commanders also had to employ other means, from wire-linked field telephones to the most basic of all - a soldier carrying a message. This concise guide to a vital and fascinating aspect of World War II tactics explains the equipment and practice of the US, British, Soviet, German, and Japanese armies. It is illustrated with many wartime photos, and with color plates showing everything from telephones and radios to flags and flare pistols, and how they were used. Book jacket.
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 Forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas. The author lives in Cyprus, TX.
Table of Contents
Means of Tactical Communications
Visual signals: flare and smoke projectiles
smoke grenades and candles
arm and hand signals
Unit Communications Equipment
Britain and Empire/Commonwealth
Times and dates
Documents: security classifications
Message center operations
Infantry regimental and battalion signal elements: United States
Britain and Commonwealth
Unit Communication Systems
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