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The most successful infantl")rnen were often those who succeeded in entirely suspending their view of the enemy as fellow humans, and functioned almost automatically according to a long-familiar choreography of combat. Once raised to the frenzy of battle, disengagement was by no means easy. shires remembered of Normanch-: ·If a German soldier appe:ued e\'erybody fired at him . It was no bother, we didn't think of them as human beings. everybody is shouting and screaming and suddenly you see this figure.

Given the ingrained experience of V\'orld War I. it is not surp1:ising that the British b~fant1)' Training manual of l 93i stressed the importance of solid entrenchment, with 'extensive digging between platoons and company localities in both forward and reserve areas·, concealment being a useful but secondary consideration. 'Effect before cover' was also a maxim that sunived in official German manuals until at least 1941. Yet the speed of the movement of annies in the early stages of the war, and the destruction that could be brought down upon obvious fixed defences, soon led to a distinct change in emphasis.

An Ami)' Training Individuals Is about 5 yards, to reduce casualties. No provision 1Hemorandum of January 1944 explained that this was because: is made here for the two-man · ... Their conspicuousness attracted fire from the enemy and PIAT anti-tank team which was frequently made it impossible for the man carrying it to remain with the In practice almost Invariably platoon commander. when in close contact with the enemy. attached to each platoon at Consequently, the set was seldom available when most required.

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