Buttoned Up: American Armor and the 781st Tank Battalion in World War II

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Texas A&M University Press, Dec 18, 2017 - History - 276 pages
Independent tank battalions were small, self-contained armored units attached to larger infantry divisions as necessary during World War II. The United States Army believed this would provide infantry the firepower and protection it needed on an ever-changing battlefield. In Buttoned Up: American Armor and the 781st Tank Battalion in World War II, Westin E. Robeson explores the contribution of American armor to the Allied victory in World War II.       
   
Robeson first provides contextual background with a consideration of the history of the tank itself and the development of armor doctrine during the First World War and interwar years. He then addresses the rebirth of American armor in response to the German attacks in Europe. Finally, he focuses on a particular independent tank battalion, the 781st, as a case study of the effectiveness of armor in World War II.

Buttoned Up introduces the reader to the application of American armored doctrine and provides a new understanding of the tank as a weapon.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 An Introduction
3
Chapter 2 Dawn of the Tank
5
Chapter 3 The Great War and Its Wake
11
Chapter 4 American Armor during the Interwar Years
25
Chapter 5 Guderian and the German Attack on Poland
46
Chapter 6 Panzers in France
60
Summer 1940Fall 1944
71
Chapter 7 Creating the US Armored Force
73
The 781st Tank Battalion Fall 1944VE Day
133
Chapter 13 The Mediterranean and France
135
Chapter 14 The Separate Tank Battalion
144
Chapter 15 Battalion Operations OctoberDecember 1944
154
Chapter 16 Hunting Tanks Improving Tanks
168
Chapter 17 Battalion Operations January 1945
177
Chapter 18 Battalion Operations FebruaryMarch 1945
197
Chapter 19 Battalion Operations AprilMay 1945
216

Chapter 8 African Desert British Troops American Tanks
80
Chapter 9 World War
90
Chapter 10 El Alamein
111
Chapter 11 Disaster in Tunisia
115
Chapter 12 Lessons from the Desert
123
Chapter 20 Postwar and Review
235
Notes
243
Bibliography
255
Index
259
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WESTIN E. ROBESON is an independent historian in Cincinnati, where he teaches history in the private school system. He also teaches English as a Second Language.

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