By Gerhard L. Weinberg
Extensively hailed as a masterpiece, this can be the 1st background of global battle II to supply a really international account of the conflict that encompassed six continents. beginning with the adjustments that restructured Europe and her colonies following the 1st international struggle, Gerhard Weinberg sheds new gentle on each element of global warfare II. activities of the Axis, the Allies, and the Neutrals are lined in each theater of the battle. extra importantly, the worldwide nature of the warfare is tested, with new insights into how occasions in a single nook of the realm helped have an effect on occasions in different far-off components. In a brand new variation, with a brand new preface, an international at hands continues to be a vintage of world background.
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A platoon front covers 200–300m with a 65m interval between sections. The company front covers 400m with two platoons in the frontline and 600m with three on line. The battalion front covers 800m with two companies on line, one in the second line, and one in reserve or in the second or a third line. With three companies in the frontline it would cover 1,800m. Gaps between platoons and companies are covered by HMGs wherever possible. Depending on terrain and avenues of approach, approximately one-third of a unit’s machine guns might be assigned wide sectors of ﬁre (30 degrees) to cover the unit’s entire front.
Principles of camouflage The Japanese were renowned for the effectiveness of their camouﬂage. Even veteran assault troops experienced difficulty in detecting Japanese positions. Natural camouﬂage was used as much as possible. Besides blending and contouring fortiﬁcations into the surrounding terrain, positions were also built among trees. Ground cover materials and sods were carefully removed before excavation began and once the position was completed it was replaced. Small plants and young palms were often planted on the tops and sides of earth-covered positions and watered.
Since their direction of ﬁre was upward the emplacements were often fairly deep. However, they were often positioned to allow them to engage surface targets, be they enemy tanks, troops, or landing craft. Larger AA guns often doubled as coast defense guns to engage ships close to shore. Besides HE, all 40mm and smaller-caliber AA guns were provided with AP ammunition for use against armored vehicles. The 75mm and larger guns had only HE rounds, but these were effective against tanks at moderate ranges.