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Suggested Reading for Force Composition please?

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Hi all


I'm looking for some recommendations please regards information on the TO&E WW2 composition of Platoons, Brigades, Battlegroups, Divisions, etc. Mainly British, US, German and Russian i am interested in. I would if possible prefer something that has a little background along with a visual chart/pictures/schematic.


Does anyone know any single volume book that covers all of the above, or a series of books? Also interested in web sites etc


Thanks for any suggestions



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This site is one of the better ones now:


BayonetStrength used to be the most solid web source for this, but the site fell over at some point. I think he's trying to put it back together though:

The first site lists their sources, so that's where I'd go for anything deeper.

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Panzertruppen Volumes 1 and 2 for German Tanks. It covers everything you need to know about their tanks including TO&E, lot's of charts, graphs, pictures and battle reports from war diaries and after action reports. The books are very well done and are high quality.

Panzertruppen: The Complete Guide to the Creation & Combat Employment of Germanys Tank Force 1933-1942 (Schiffer military history) (v. 1)

Panzertruppen 2: The Complete Guide to the Creation & Combat Employment of Germany's Tank Force ¥ 1943-1945/Formations ¥ Organizations ¥ Tactics Combat Reports ¥ Unit Strengths ¥ Statistics

Companion to the Red Army. Has lists and charts of how many men, guns, types of guns tanks etc.. for divisions, brigades and squads. 


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Bookwise, I've got one called "Handbook On German Military Forces"" put out by the U.S. War Department which covers 1039-1945.
It has a TON of German TOEs in it along with a plethora of other stuff such as weaponry and equipment. 
  Amazon has it here, along with other sellers covering a range from ten dollars (used)  up to about 60 (new).
I've found it quite useful over the years.
  Here's the Amazon link:


Regards, Odd


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