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US Infantry Weapons of the Second World War (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Military WWII

By Michael Green
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 200
Illustrations: 250 black and white illustrations integrated & 16 colour illustrations in plates
ISBN: 9781473827226
Published: 3rd November 2015



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During the arduous campaigns in theatres of war from the Pacific to North West Europe, American infantry weapons played a key role in the eventual victory over the Axis forces. In so doing they earned a special reputation for ruggedness and reliability. In addition to being used by US ground forces they were widely adopted by other Allied nations.
Expert author Michael Green puts the full range of small arms, be they rifles, submachine guns, shotguns, pistols, machine guns as well as mortars, anti-tank weapons and close infantry support artillery under the microscope.
Many names such as the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) and the incomparable semi-automatic Garand will be well known whereas others (the Johnson Rifle and Reising SMG) are not. The typically informative text completes the wide range of photographic images.

Review by Jody Fraser

For those with an interest in World War II weapons, this book is a welcome addition to one's library... This book should find its way to a coffee table for casual reference and for detailed study of the arms, uniforms, and equipment of the United States infantry in World War II.

Army History, Fall 2020

US Infantry Weapons of the Second World War does exactly what it says on the cover, and maybe a bit more. The result is quite impressive. There is enough material here to inform without getting bogged down in detail – there is an internet for that – and it is all neatly arranged. I also enjoyed the selection of photos, and surely a scenario model-maker will take much inspiration from them. All in all, rules-writers and collectors will get good use out of this book, as will any wargamer interested in the US army of World War Two.

Wargames Illustrated

This is another substantial book where considerable care has been taken over picture selection. The author has even resorted to using a small number of images of re-enactors to ensure the full story is presented in context. This is not only a little brave, but it really works and I am impressed...

... The book looks at everything from pistols to flame throwers and from rifles to anti-tank guns. There is an additional section at the end looking at the bigger kit rounded up in the infantry support weapon category and all in all the package offers a lot of bang for your buck. I think you knew I might say that! This is another well-executed history from a consistently trustworthy author. I have no hesitation in pressing the ‘like’ button with this one.

War History Online - Mark Barnes

Standard US infantry weapons are depicted in the hands of the troops who used them operationally. This book especially valuable to a wide readership - military historians, collectors, re-enactors, museum curators and authors. It would also provide inspiration for military modellers searching for realistic depictions of various figures...

... The value of books in this series is that they show pictures of real soldiers in combat situations. If this realism is combined with detailed knowledge of weapons from 'sterile' environments such as, objects in private collections, technical books or museum displays, then a fuller picture of their use, limitations and capabilities is gained. Highly recommended.

Classic Arms and Militaria, April/May 2016 - Bill Harriman

This addition to the Images of War series covers the varied weapons used by US Infantry weapons used during WW2 by the Infantry divisions of both the US Army and the US Marines. It is split into 3 sections. The first tackles Individual Infantry Weapons, the second looks at Crew Served Weapons and the final section at Infantry Support Weapons, which does include tanks that were integral to these divisions.

Each of the three chapters is introduced by some pages of text, giving background information on each of the main items covered in the section. These are then followed by a selection of archive photos which show the various types of weapon in use. The captions tell us more about the equipment to be seen, and the details of where and when the pictures were taken. Among the individual weapons are of course the well known types such as the Mi Garand, the M1 Carbine, Thompson, M3 Grease Gun and BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle). It also includes less well known items though, such as the Lewis Gun, the bolt action Springfield M1903 rifle and Reising submachine gun.

The crew served section has more on the BAR along with the water cooled M1917A1 machine gun as well as the Browning .30 cal M1919A4 and the M2 .50cal heavy machine gun. When it comes to the final section on Support Weapons then this is very varied. Mortars include 60mm, 81mm and the large 4.2in Chemical mortar, artillery such as the 105 and 155mm guns, flamethrowers and even tanks such as the M3 Stuart and M4 Sherman alongside various Amtracs. So a wide range of subjects filling 196 pages that provide a useful reference to the many weapons used by the US infantryman during the war.

Military Modelling - Robin Buckland
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About Michael Green

Michael Green is the author of numerous acclaimed books in the Images of War series, including Armored Warfare in the Vietnam War, The Patton Tank: Cold War Warrior, M1 Abrams Tank, Allied Tanks of the Second World War, Allied AFVs of the Second World War, Axis Tanks of the Second World War, Axis AFVs of the Second World War, American Military Helicopters, US Airborne Divisions, USMC in the Vietnam War, US Armored Divisions of the Second World War, US Marine Corps in the Korean War, American Artillery, NATO and Warsaw Pact Tanks of the Cold War and Red Army Weapons of the World War.

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