Patton's Vanguard: The United States Army Fourth Armored Division
Stirring accounts of the almost legendary campaigns of the United States Fourth Armored Division, universally recognized as Patton's Best, from its pre-World War II origins up through its famous relief of the 101st Airborne Division during the Battle of the Bulge are presented in this book. The break out of Normandy at Avranches, the isolation of the Brittany peninsula, the armored thrust across France, the tank battles at Arracourt that cemented the reputation of the Fourth Armored, the brutal struggle in Lorraine, and, ultimately, the legendary drive to Bastogne are among the topics.
The accounts were assembled through the use of original unit combat diaries and after-action reports, memoirs of key historical figures and abundant supplementary documents and correspondences. But the essence of the book are the first-hand recollections from members of the division gathered by the author. With maps, drawings and photographs.
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While this book works rather well as a tactical narrative, seeing as the author has come up with new primary source material from members of the U.S. 4th Armored Division, there are some editorial ... Read full review
Re. the battle for Chateau-Salins, the author states, "The attack on Chateau-Salins was made no easier by the fact that the population of the town had a strong German heritage, and their sympathies generally fell in the direction of the enemy" Wrong, wrong, wrong !!! The town had a synagogue and a strong Jewish/ Italian minority, including my grandfather Petronillo Cantoni, a resistant (husband to Marie Jenft). The town was "defended" by the 559th panzerjaeger whose soldiers lobbed grenades into basements, killing dozens of civilians and resistants alike, including several of my relatives. The nazi defense was incredibly brutal and the last remaining civilians, including Marie Jenft, Petronillo Cantoni, and their daughters Laure (aged 6) and Liliane (4), were rescued after a 3-day carnage that left over 3/4 of the population dead, or maimed. How can you expect "flowers, wine, songs and embraces" when you've lost 3/4 of your relatives? The 500-year debt of gratitude to the US army remains. But flowers ? Only in films. firstname.lastname@example.org
Foreword by Martin Blumenson
Breakout and Pursuit
The Encirclement of Nancy
A Legend Is Born
The Stage Is Set
Out of the Mist
Patton to the Rescue
Task Force Ezell
The ArlonBastogne Highway