German manuals for training, tactics, equipment, weapons and even
military cookbooks have been translated to English for military
historians and reenactors. I also have one American manual about
the German Army, and 3 German/English dictionaries combined into
one volume. These manuals include Tank Identification, Basic Infantry
Training, the Unteroffizier Subject training manual, Stick Grenade,
Rifle Grenade, March Compass, Field Fortifications, Drills and Commands,
Zeltbahn, Marching, Shooting Instruction, Battalion Tactics, Panzergrenadiere
Squad Training, Winter Warfare, two U-Boat manuals, Bayonet and
Spade fighting, the 1943 Reibert Service Instruction book, Observation
and Measuring Equipment, Tank Fighting, Recruit and Family Guide,
Signal Flags and Morse Code, the Field Telephone, the field switchboard,
security dogs, 3 German/English military dictionaries combined into
one volume, five WWII German Army issued Field Cookbooks, the Tigerfibel,
Pionier Fibel, Mountain Troops, Panzerfaust, Military Bicycle, Prisoner
of War, the T34 Russian Tank, MG-262 jet, Rifle Training, Tactics,
and two camouflage manuals.
CLICK HERE to download the high resolution .jpg file of the German barracks pass, as posted on Facebook.
CLICK HERE to download TM 30-506, a German/English Military Dictionary (Right click the link to d/l the .PDF file)
Beispiele für Aufklârungs- und
Sicherungsdienst und Unternehmungen in der Verteidigung -
Examples for Reconnaissance- and Security Service and Operations
in the Defense. This is a 1942 issued/1944 re-issued manual
used to train the German soldiers by giving examples of the proper
way to do things. 23 pages with 6 color map illustrations in the
back. See the sample pages show below, which are typical of the
other pages of text. 8.5" H. x 5.5" W.
Tank Recognition Service. This is a 1943 issued manual used
to train the soldiers to recognize friendly and enemy tanks by their
characteristic features. 116 pages with pictures on the right pages,
and identifying characteristics on the left pages. See the sample
pages below, which are typical for the entire manual. This was originally
written as the explanation manual for the slide presentation shown
to the troops, but was also used for independent training. 116 pages,
8.5" H. x 5.5" W.
What Everyone Must Know About the German
U-Boat - This is written as two friends talking,
and one is explaining the details of a U-Boat to the other. Drive
system (diesel and electric), torpedoes, submerging, surfacing,
firing topedoes by using the periscope, navigation, and steering
the boat are all briefly explained.
Kurzer Abrisß der Taktik -
A Brief Outline of Tactics. 86
pages of text about how to conduct reconnaissance, defense, offense,
pursuit, withdrawal, and the use of artillery in offense and defense.
I expected this manual to be very dry reading, but it was actually
informative and interesting. See the table of contents and sample
pages below. Includes 4 pages of tactical/map symbols in an Appendix.
Die Scharfschützenausbildung der Waffen-SS
- Sniper Instruction of the Waffen-SS. A compilation
of letters and instructions summarizing the use of snipers in various
combat situations and their training, including the table of contents
of a 2 week sniper course. This is not a manual about how to shoot
a rifle. It is concerning tactics and deployment of the snipers
and how they are to achieve their goals, explained by examples of
situations of their use.
Anleitung für die Ausbildung und den
Einsatz von Scharfschützen - Merkblatt 25/4 -
Manual for the Instruction and Use of the Snipers - Data Sheet 25/4.
A German Army issued booklet about sniper training. This is not
a manual about how to shoot. It describes the purpose, training,
deployment, and use of snipers in combat. With 28 pages it cannot
go into great detail, but does cover a broad range of topics. This
is the only manual I've seen that is military issued for the sniper
Schießausbildung Mit Gewehr
- Shooting Training with the Rifle. This is the first manual I've
seen which goes into extreme detail about exactly how to shoot the
German 98k Service Rifle. How to pull the trigger, how to sight
the target, how to train to shoot with one eye closed, dimensions
for targets... an ooutstanding manual for leaning to shoot the German
way. See the table of contents pages to see everything in this manual.
Me 262 A-1 Bedienungsvorschrift-Fl
- Me 262 A-1 Operating Manual-Aircraft.
A basic operating manual for the ME-262 German WWII jet. The original
series of manuals for the world's first combat jet was 10 manuals
( that I know of, but maybe more). Each was small like this one,
and covered specific information. This volume is very interesting,
but only 27 pages with 8 fold-out diagrams in the back. See the
table of contents picture below.
für die Schnellen Truppen -
Instruction Manual for the Quick Troops.
This has about 20 pages on how to train the new recruits for anti-tank
and communciations units. It explains how they are selected for
their jobs, how they are cross trained, and what they are to be
taught for the 12 weeks of their training. See the table of contents
and sample pages to understand exactly what this manual is about.