INSTRUCTION on the Offensive Combat of Small Units
by the French Staff, 3rd Bureau, Armies of the North and Northeast
Translated from the original French by G.F.Nafziger
Size: 8.5″ x 11″
Illustrations: 7 illustrations
Pages: 50 pages
In 1918 Marshal Petain signed this manual that lays out the process by which the French were to operate in their attacks on the German trenches. It is a period tactical manual and focuses on the manner in which the French organized and executed their attacks. It is a battalion and lower level instruction. It is focused purely on the operation of infantry and does not spend any particular time on the use of artillery or tanks, though those two weapons systems are mentioned.