World War II Jungle Warfare Tactics

World War II Jungle Warfare Tactics

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This book describes and illustrates, in fascinating detail, the slow and painful learning curve followed by the Allies in the mid-war years as they attempted to end the Japanese stranglehold on Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Based on the actual wartime training documents and front-line memoirs, it shows how the British, Australian and US armies transformed their tactics, attitudes and equipment to master the art of jungle warfare. In 1944-45 the Allies finally conquered the jungle environment, exploiting their new strengths and their enemy's weaknesses, to win crushing victories in Burma and on the Pacific islands.Outposts would be placed in such a way as to delay the enemy and alert the main position before falling back. Security would be improved not only by patrols but by tripwires, rattles, booby-traps and illuminating flares. ... weapons within Even such a detail as the correct grip for the machete was depicted in the US manual FM 72-20 Jungle Warfare, 1944. ... it is initially gripped tightly only with the thumb and first two fingers, and then snapped forward with a whipping action of the wristanbsp;...

Title:World War II Jungle Warfare Tactics
Author: Stephen Bull, Steve Noon
Publisher:Osprey Publishing - 2013-08-20

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