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Battles are won not by great commanders or vast armies with the best ordnance and supply systems but by individual soldiers with their personal weapons, fighting in the field. Recognizing this fact of combat, small arms expert Jac Weller presents a masterful analysis of how weapons are used at the squad, platoon and company level. These weapons a including assault rifles, submachine guns, squad automatic weapons, grenade launchers, mortars and antitank guns a and the tactics they demand have evolved over the centuries, so Weller traces how infantry weapons have been used tactically from the Battle of Hastings through the Napoleonic campaigns, the American Civil War, the two World Wars and into the Cold War. Welleras fascinating, easy-to-read examination is invaluable background material for serious students of the integration of small arms