The US Army in WWII (2) Mediterrean


The US Army in WWII (2) Mediterrean

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  • Author: Mark Henry
  • Illustrator: Mike Chappell
  • Publication Date: 25 Nov 2000
  • Number of Pages: 48


It was the Mediterranean theatre which saw the blooding of the US Army against the German Wehrmacht, in North Africa in winter 1943/44. After this rough education the US forces pressed on to Sicily, the South of France and the Italian mainland. Here, faced by difficult terrain , they and their British Commonwealth allies fought a long campaign until VE-Day. This second of a series of three MAA titles covers the uniforms worn on these fronts, including US Army cold weather, airborne and tankers’ gear; some particularly interesting and important units, including mountain, Japanese-American and African-American troops; and a variety of crew-served weapons. Men-at-Arms 342, 347 and 350 are also available as a single volume special edition as ‘The US Army in World War II’.


MARK R HENRY is a lifelong student of military history and an experienced re-enactor of many periods. He served in the US Army as a signals officer in 1981-90, in Germany, Texas and Korea. He holds a BA degree in history and is currently working for his Master’s. He has previously written Men-at-Arms 327, ‘US Marine Corps in World War I’. MIKE CHAPPELL spent 22 years in infantry soldiering, retiring in 1974 as RSM of the 1st Bn., The Wessex Regiment (Rifle Volunteers). Since beginning to paint military subjects in 1968 Mike has gained worldwide popularity as a military illustrator and has been a prolific artist and author for Osprey for well over 20 years. He currently lives and works in Kent.


Introduction Divisional organisation – mountain & airborne divisions, Ranger battalions Uniforms – M1943, mountain, airborne; coats & boots; WAC; General officers; NCO insignia; decorations Military police Rangers 1st Special Service Force Black troops Radios Heavy weapons Soft-skin’ vehicles Divisional battle honours Bibliography

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