Infantry Combat of the Twentieth Century

The Theory and Practice of Infantry Warfare 1914–2000

Andrew Wiest, M. K. Barbier

Date Published :
June 2017
Publisher :
Amber Books
Series :
Strategy and Tactics
Illustration :
170 black-and-white photos and maps
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ISBN : 9781782745365
Pages : 176
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From the trenches of the Somme to the ruins of Stalingrad to the deserts of Iraq, the role of the infantry soldier developed dramatically throughout the twentieth century. Infantry Combat examines the changing roles that took place for infantry from 1900 to the year 2000.

With the introduction of tanks during World War I, infantry were no longer the shock arm in battle but became responsible for securing objectives that tanks had taken. But this wasn't to be the case all around the world, as in areas inaccessible to tanks, such as the jungles of the Pacific islands or Vietnam, the infantry were once again the primary means of waging war. And while the Cold War and nuclear weapons threatened to reduce the infantry to a secondary role, the increase in limited operations, often against less well-equipped opponents, saw the common soldier once again in the forefront. And what future the combat soldier? The book concludes with an examination of robotics and new mechanisation on the battlefield. Illustrated with action photographs and battle maps, Infantry Combat uses examples from an immense range of twentieth century combat situations to provide a definitive guide to modern infantry warfare.

About The Author

Andrew Wiest is a Professor of History at the University of Southern Mississippi and serves as Director of the Vietnam Studies Program and co-director of the university's Center for the Study of War and Society. He is author of Campaigns of World War II: The Pacific War, and co-author of Passchendaele and the Royal Navy, The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War and Strategy and Tactics: Infantry Warfare.

M.K. Barbier is Assistant Professor of History at Mississippi State University. She is also the author of Kursk 1943: The Greatest Tank Battle Ever Fought.

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