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10 hours ago, John Kettler said:

From a living history site for a Sicherung unit comes a wealth of German groggery devoted to the nits and grits of soldiering, uniforms, equipment, ant-partisan ops, training and more. These guys are straight up grunts, with the highest rank being an Obergefreiter.

http://www.festung.net/livinghistoryarticles.htm

Regards,

John Kettler

 

found this of particular interest since foreign weapons usage in certain german units was discussed in another thread just recently:

http://sichrgt195.blogspot.com/2014/08/mg26t-and-mg30t-light-machine-gun.html

excerpt:

The use of Czech and other captured, obsolete and reissued weapons in rear-line units was widespread. The following weapons were recorded in use by Sicherungs-Brigade 203 on the Eastern Front as of June 1, 1942:

German K98k rifles: 3.123
Polish, Czech, Yugoslavian rifles: 2.650
French and Dutch rifles: 811
Russian rifles: 1.110 
Pistols: 929
Submachine guns (MP 38): 43
MG 08/15: 137 
MG 34: 6
MG26(t) and MG30(t): 178
Russian machine guns: 73
MG08 heavy machine guns: 5
Russian heavy machine guns: 85
Russian light mortars: 87
Russian heavy mortars: 28
Anti-tank rifles: 4
Russian anti-tank cannons: 8

 

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Be sure to check out the section Pictures at the above link. Many are like looking at someone's wartime snapshots, while others are like you're there, back during the war. Eerie! Also, though there's some duplication, the unit's blog has gobs of grog goodies, too.

https://sichrgt195.blogspot.com/?fbclid=IwAR2Fms0DOaIO847V-MoCSK0JYm1ZfiXna4_oZmrB7NZEW14jDzAbkjSY7H4

Regards,

John Kettler

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Technically, quite a few of these British/CW small arms manauls aren't from WW II per se, but what's here verges on incredible, with dozens and dozens of manuals, pamphlets and other docs pertinent to shooting instruction, including the Vickers MMG and the PIAT. The above info treasure horde is feely downloadable.

https://vickersmg.blog/manual/small-arms-training-manuals/

We're supposed to get LVTs in CMBN Vehicle Pack 2, so here is the Army's FM 17-34 AMPHIBIOUS TANK AND TRACTOR BATTALIONS. Published in 1950, it incorporates everything learned the hard way and has a such a high level of detail you could plan an amphibious assault using it.

https://archive.org/details/FM17-341950/mode/2up

Regards,

John Kettler

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The small arms manuals include the Boys ATR, the 2-Inch Mortar and the Three-Inch Mortar. Everyone in the 3-Inch Mortar Section has a rifle and 50 rounds. It's led by a serbeant and also has a corporal, with the remained being privates.

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John Kettler

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Here's a set I found which covers well before and after WW II but has all sorts of goodies, such as the manual for the famous Russian Maxim.It's so detailed you could probably build one using it, but it's about the gun, not how to use it in combat. Was hoping for a crew breakdown. It's in Russian, and there are other languages, too, including Chinese for weapons from there. 

https://www.forgottenweapons.com/lorem-ipsum/original-manuals/

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John Kettler

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To make sure this LVT trove doesn't get lost, here's the link for the OP, which lists both an amtrac FB group and has the Full-on Army LVT Battalion Manual for the armored and unarmored versions (referred to as Amphibious Tractors and Amphibious Tanks).
 

Aquila-SmartWargames,

Had seen that one before but couldn't remember it. Great resource!

RockinHarry,

You're welcome. A most enlightening list, ref the Sicherungs Brigade armaments. Especially like the MG 08 was, I believe, the backbone of German WW I MG defenses.

Regards,

John Kettler

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Though not a manual per se, this is a site devoted to markings for British tanks of World War II. All the images expand. This treasure was created by one of my CoC colleagues.

https://tank-markings.blogspot.com/?fbclid=IwAR0nMjZLUYC7GWynfseaG_hpjN170FKfFZoPyEqHioHrVI454JhmMhU56EQ

Also of real interest is this research site on German AFVs, unit organization and certain weapons. Has quite a few free manuals (need the StuH/42 manual?) in PDF and offers other information for a few bucks per document.

www.sturmpanzer.com

Regards,

John Kettler




 

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