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The following handouts were developed for unit PME. Most are supplementary materials intended to augment the main presentation.
 All are twentieth-century state-versus-state conflict.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year

                                   Unit and Battle

Document

Campaign
Country

Army

Lessons

 

 

 

 

 

 

1915

Commonwealth Forces at Gallipoli

Annex A

Gallipoli

Turkey

British, Australian,
NZ, French

The difficulties of Amphibious Landings

 

 

 

 

 

 

1918

2nd Battalion, 5th Marines at Belleau Wood

Battle Study

WWI
France

USMC

The importance of morale, confidence, and discipline for units new to combat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1940

German Army Organization for the Invasion of France

Annex A

Op Fall Gelb

France

German

Massive German Army organization and planning for the invasion of France.

 

      XIX Panzer Corps in France

Annex A

Op Fall Gelb

France

German

Ruthless allocation of resources:
How to prioritize the Main Effort.

 

          1st Panzer Division in France

Annex A

Op Fall Gelb

France

German

German Panzer Division organization built on combined-arms balance.

 

          2nd Panzer Division in France

Annex A

Op Fall Gelb

France

German

 

 

          10th Panzer Division in France

Annex A

Op Fall Gelb

France

German

 

 

      6th Panzer Division, XLI Panzer Corps, in France

Annex A

Op Fall Gelb

France

German

 

 

      7th Panzer Division, XV Panzer Corps, in France

Annex A

Op Fall Gelb

France

German

Rommel’s first command in WWII.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1940

German 7th Parachute Division in the Netherlands

Annex A

Op Fall Gelb

Netherlands

German

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1941

6th Panzer Division in Russia

Annex A

Op Barbarossa
Soviet Union

German

Battle Groups:
Task organization for combat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1941

British 8th Army in Operation Crusader

OpOrder

Op Crusader
North Africa

British

 

 

      Annex B Intelligence

Axis Order of Battle

Op Crusader
North Africa

German
Italian

Battle Groups:
Task Organization for combat

 

      XXX Corps in Operation Crusader

OpOrder

Op Crusader
North Africa

British
South African

Fragmented brigade attacks. Lack of combined-arms focus at division level.

 

      XIII Corps in Operation Crusader

OpOrder

Op Crusader
North Africa

British - Indian
New Zealand

 

 

      Crusader Battle Study Letter of Instuction

LOI

Op Crusader
North Africa

Commonwealth
German

 

 

      Crusader Lessons Learned

AAR

Op Crusader
North Africa

Commonwealth
German

 

 

      General Fritz Bayerlein

Biography

Op Crusader
North Africa

German

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1942

2nd Battalion, 5th Marines at Guadalcanal

Battle Study

Op Watchtower

Guadalcanal

USMC

First battle of WWII: Preparedness and training, morale and confidence.

 

      Books on the Battle of Guadalcanal

Bibliography

Op Watchtower

Guadalcanal

USMC
US

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1942

8th Army at Second El Alamein

Annex A

Op Supercharge

North Africa

Commonwealth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1942

6th Armee at Stalingrad

Annex A

Stalingrad
Soviet Union

German

German Division organization in WWII.

 

      4th Panzer Armee at Stalingrad

Annex A

Stalingrad
Soviet Union

German

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1943

505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Sicily

Battle Study

Op Husky

Sicily

US

Decentralized operations require aggressive small-unit leaders with initiative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1943

VI Corps Invades Italy 1943

Battle Study

Op Avalanche

Italy

US

Nesting the Main Effort

 

 

 

 

 

 

1944

U.S. First Army Buildup at Normandy

Table

Op Overlord
France

US

Rapid multiple-division build-up required tremendous planning and logistics.

 

V Corps at Normandy

Annex A

Op Overlord
France

US

 

 

      1st Infantry Division at Normandy

Annex A

Op Overlord
France

US

 

 

      29th Infantry Division at Normandy

Annex A

Op Overlord
France

US

Federalized National Guard
Division in WWII.

 

VII Corps at Normandy

Annex A

Op Overlord
France

US

US Division organization in WWII.

 

      82nd Airborne Division at Normandy

Annex A

Op Overlord
France

US

 

 

      101st Airborne Division at Normandy

Annex A

Op Overlord
France

US

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1944

British Second Army at Normandy

Annex A

Op Overlord
France

British
Canadian

British Division organization in WWII.

 

      British Follow-On Divisions at Normandy

Annex A

Op Overlord
France

British

Canadian

Branch-of-service focus prevented combined-arms integration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1944

CCA, 3rd Armored Division in Operation Cobra

TDG

Op Cobra

France

US

Terrain is the first consideration for
anti-tank positions.

 

      VII Corps Task Organization in Operation Cobra

Annex A

Op Cobra

France

US

The Combat Command: combined-arms tank-infantry task organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1944

2nd Canadian Corps in Operation Totalize

Concept of Ops

Op Totalize
France

Canadian

Armor Breakthrough

 

 

 

 

 

 

1944

2nd Battalion, 5th Marines at Peleliu

Battle Study

Op Stalemate
Peleliu

USMC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1944

Operation Market-Garden

Battle Study

Op Market-Garden
Netherlands

British
US

How to plan poorly: limit options, underestimate the enemy.

 

      I Airborne Corps in Market Garden

Annex A

Op Market-Garden
Netherlands

British - Polish

US

Leadership by example.
Cohesion of parachute units.

 

      XXX Corps in Market Garden

Annex A

Op Market-Garden
Netherlands

British
Dutch

Units develop tank-infantry practices in combat when doctrine fails.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1950

Task Force Smith 1950

PME Presentation

 

Korea

US

Unpreparedness for combat.

 

      Organization of Task Force Smith

Annex A

 

Korea

US

Lack of anti-tank capability

 

 

 

 

 

 

1950

5th Marines at Naktong Bulge Battle Study

Battle Study

LOI

 

Korea

USMC

 

 

      24th Infantry Division OpOrder

OpOrder

 

Korea

US

 

 

      Sequence of Events: August 1950

Maps

 

Korea

US

 

 

      5th Marine Regiment OpOrder

OpOrder


Korea

USMC

 

 

      5th Marines Intelligence Summary

Annex B

 

Korea

USMC

 

 

      Naktong Bulge Lessons Learned

AAR

 

Korea

USMC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1950

1st Marine Division at Inchon

Article

Op Chromite

Korea

USMC

MacArthur’s intent was NOT met.

Experienced Commanders.

 

      2nd Battalion, 5th Marines at Inchon

Battle Study

Op Chromite

Korea

USMC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1968

2nd Battalion, 5th Marines at Hue City

Battle Study

Hue City

Vietnam

USMC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1982

2nd The Parachute Regiment at Goose Green

Battle Study

Op Corporate

Falkland Islands

British

Experienced commanders.

Notes on combat orders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1991

2nd Battalion, 5th Marines in Desert Storm

Battle Study

Op Desert Storm

Kuwait

USMC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2003

5th Marines OIF Chronology

Battle Study

Op Iraqi Freedom
Iraq

USMC

 

2003

      2nd Battalion, 5th Marines in OIF

Battle Study

Op Iraqi Freedom
Iraq

USMC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History

Document

Army

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The King’s Own Scottish Borderers

Regimental History

British

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 80th Infantry Division in World War I

WWI
History

US

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Saving the Guns at the Battle of Maiwand” Afghanistan 1880

History of a Painting

British

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fallschirmjager: German Parachute Beret Badge

Cap Badge

History

German

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Battalion, 5th Marines Commanders

Battalion

Commanders

USMC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Battalion, 5th Marines Coat-of-Arms

Battalion

Coat-of-Arms

USMC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Battalion, 5th Marines History

Battalion

History

USMC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panzerkampfwagen III

Tank
History

German

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M3 37mm Anti-tank Gun

AT Gun

History

US

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Union Army at Gettysburg

Annex A

US

 

 

 

Confederate Army at Gettysburg

Annex A

US

 

 

 

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