The U.S. Army Infantryman Pocket Manual 1941–45: ETO & MTO

This pocket manual provides an in-depth insight into the instruction given to US infantrymen during WWII, making use of original sources, reports and other rare publications.
Date Published :
September 2021
Publisher :
Editor :
Chris McNab
Series :
The Pocket Manual Series
Illustration :
diagrams and illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781636240282
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 7.8 X 5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Presents information from a wealth of contemporary World War II training manuals and tactical documents.

The battle for Europe in 1943–45 was one of the greatest military challenges in the history of the U.S. Army. Fighting against often veteran German forces from the mountains of Italy to the beaches of Normandy and the frozen forests of the Ardennes, hundreds of thousands of US infantrymen had to move quickly beyond their training and acquire real-world combat skills with extraordinary pace if they were to raise their chances of survival beyond a few days. They fought in an age of total war, in which the enemy deployed heavy armor, artillery, air power, and their own infantry firepower in a battle of true equals. Without the drive and blood of the U.S. Army infantry, the Allies could not have defeated the Wehrmacht in Western Europe.

Extensive documentation was provided for the in-theater US Army infantryman, from booklets rather misguidedly advising on how to behave in foreign countries through to field manuals explaining core combat tactics across squad, platoon, company, and battalion levels. This pocket manual presents critical insights from many of these sources, but also draws on a broad spectrum of intelligence reports, after-action reports, and other rare publications. Together they give an inside view on what it was like to live and fight in the U.S. Army infantry during arguably the most consequential conflict in human history.

About The Author

Dr Chris McNab is an author and historian, his principal subject areas being military history and military technology. He has written more than 100 non-fiction titles, including many Casemate pocket manuals relating to World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. Chris has appeared in several TV documentaries as an expert commentator, and he also works as an educational consultant, specializing in the development of textbooks and teaching materials.



1. Organization
2. Training and basic infantry skills
3. Daily life, regulations and overseas deployment
4. Weapons and equipment
5. Combat tactics – squad and platoon
6. Combat tactics – company and battalion
7. Logistics


"This guide and explanation of Army tactical doctrine is a welcome addition to Second World War literature."

- The Journal of America's Military Past

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