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FM 18-5: Organization and Tactics of Tank Destroyer Units
Tank Destroyer Field Manual, War Department, June 16, 1942
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Chapter 1. Armored Combat
Section I. Characteristics of armored forces
II.Tank tactics
Chapter 2.Tank destroyer characteristics and organization
Section I. Mission and characteristics
II.Moral qualities
III. Weapons
V. General organization
Chapter 3.Combat
Section I. Duties of commanders
II.Allocation and employment of units
III. Positions and areas
Chapter 4.Tank destroyer company
Section I. Tank destroyer squad and section
II. Antiaircraft section
III. Security section
IV. Heavy platoon
V. Light platoon
VI. Tank destroyer company
Chapter 5.Reconnaissance company
Section I. Scouts
II. Reconnaissance section and platoon
III. Pioneer platoon
IV. Reconnaissance company
Chapter 6.Headquarters company
Chapter 7.Medical detachment
Chapter 8.Tank destroyer battalion
Section I. Battalion headquarters
II. Operations
III. Support of divisions
Chapter 9.Tank destroyer group
Section I. Organization, functions, and components
II. Tactical employment
III. Group headquarters and headquarters company
Chapter 10.Dismounted tank hunting
Chapter 11.Antitank warning service
Chapter 12.Training
Section I. Training objectives
II. Individual training
III. Unit training
Appendix I.Illustrations
Appendix II.Glossary

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