Monthly Archives: July 2024

Infantry Squads & Platoons

Infantry Squads & Platoons

A non-commissioned officer directs the fire of German infantry squad in training (circa 1914) (US National Archives) Thanks to the good work done by Ivor Maxse, The Tactical Notebook has been able to publish a detailed look into the inner workings of a British infantry battalion on the eve of the First World War. In much the same way, le…

SIG vs Monstrum 1-6x FFP

SIG vs Monstrum 1-6x FFP

Monstrum Tactical asked me to compare their new Panzer 1-6x FFP to the LPVO that was chosen by the US Army, the Sig Sauer Tango6T 1-6x FFP. Monstrum sent me samples of both LPVOs new in the box. You can about each LPVO in greater detail in my previously posted reviews of the Tango6T and Panzer 1-6x As a quick…

Anti-Tank Mines Used As Satchel Charges

Anti-Tank Mines Used As Satchel Charges

In recent weeks there have been a spate videos showing Russian troops using TM-62 anti-tank mines as improvised satchel charges. We’ve already seen TM-62s used as drone dropped munitions and as demolition charges. The videos shared most recently show the dramatic effect that the TM-62s can have on structures. But they aren’t the first videos of the mines being used…

The French Infantry Company of 1914

The French Infantry Company of 1914

The article that follows is an improved version of a piece originally published in January of 2023, when The Tactical Notebook was knee high to a grasshopper. (These improvements include the reformatting of illustrations, the adding of links to online copies of works cited, and the correction of minor mistakes.) In 1914, the organization of the smaller units of the…

MCX SPEAR-LT in 7.62×39

MCX SPEAR-LT in 7.62×39

Today I take a look at the Sig Sauer MXC SPEAR-LT in 7.62×39. I’ll open with, this gun is a ton of fun to shoot. The “need” is very narrow for a very special end-user, but did I mention it is fun? It’s lineage is the MCX line as well as the SPEAR rifle from the NGSW program. There are…

Triple Black, Wood, Black Cerakote, .44 Mag, 16 in.

Are Rossi Rifles Good?

Are Rossi rifles good? Well, if a brand of firearms has been on the market for 135 years, there must be a reason. Rossi produces hunting rifles, pistols, and shotguns, and many people worldwide appreciate their affordability and reliability. Let’s take a look at the brand’s specific models, get advice from experienced shooters, and consider the buyer’s personal goals before…

Portable Armored Shields

Portable Armored Shields

Men of a Stoßtrupp train with portable shields (Summer 1916) (US National Archives) In Storm Troop Tactics, I characterized the use of portable steel shields in offensive actions as a short-lived artifact of the early days of trench warfare. Such devices, I wrote, had proved far too heavy to be carried by men taking part in trench raids or ‘attacks…

The Origin of the Term "Stosstrupp"

The Origin of the Term "Stosstrupp"

Every now and then, The Tactical Notebook will pull an old article out the attic, knock the cobwebs off of it, and share it with present-day subscribers. This piece, originally published in December of 2022, is one such post. In 1915, a German reserve officer, Captain Bernhard Reddemann, coined the term Stosstrupp.  Reddemann, a former firefighter who led of the…

Regimental Histories on Line

Regimental Histories on Line

Georges Scott Soldats de Foch (1918) (detail) In the two decades that followed the end of the First World War thousands of regimental histories rolled off presses in France, Germany, and the English-speaking world. Whether short summaries scribbled in haste or substantial accounts written at leisure by famous authors, these provide students of that conflict with facts, figures, and perspectives…

The German Peacetime Army of 1941

The German Peacetime Army of 1941

From time to time, The Tactical Notebook will fact check, proof-read, and reformat the illustrations for an article that made its debut in the early days of the blog. This is one such article. After the fall of France, many, if not most, people in senior positions in the German government believed that the war which had begun in September…