Armored Thunderbolt: The U.S. Army Sherman in World War II

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Stackpole Books, May 14, 2014 - HISTORY - 369 pages
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Hundreds of photos, including many never published before with riveting accounts of armored warfare in World War II Compares the Sherman to other tanks, including the Panther and Tiger Author is a world-renowned expert on the Sherman tank and American armor

Some tank crews referred to the American M4 Sherman tank as a "death trap." Others, like Gen. George Patton, believed that the Sherman helped win World War II. So which was it: death trap or war winner? Armor expert Steven Zaloga answers that question by recounting the Sherman's combat history. Focusing on Northwest Europe (but also including a chapter on the Pacific), Zaloga follows the Sherman into action on D-Day, among the Normandy hedgerows, during Patton's race across France, in the great tank battle at Arracourt in September 1944, at the Battle of the Bulge, across the Rhine, and in the Ruhr pocket in 1945.

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Largely written as a rebuttal to popular accounts entranced by the legend of the German Tiger and Panther tanks, Zaloga seeks to put the American medium tank programs of World War II back into context ... Read full review

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One fantastic book. The author obviously knows his subject. He should as he is probably the best armor writer today. The author makes the point that the US Army didn't demand the best tank but enough of the tanks that were good enough. His tactical assessments are correct and are in line with everything we learned in my 20 plus years in armor units. The puctures alone would be enough to give this five stars, but don't let that distract you from the terrific text. It is really a history, from the technical and tactical point of view of the entire US armored development in WW2. The difference between the. " foot and hoof " Wehrmacht and the power of the first truly industrial army is hammered home. This book is a MUST HAVE, in my opinion, for any armor enthusiast. 

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