Buttoned Up: American Armor and the 781st Tank Battalion in World War II
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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Chapter 1 An Introduction
Chapter 2 Dawn of the Tank
Chapter 3 The Great War and Its Wake
Chapter 4 American Armor during the Interwar Years
Chapter 5 Guderian and the German Attack on Poland
Chapter 6 Panzers in France
Summer 1940Fall 1944
Chapter 7 Creating the US Armored Force
The 781st Tank Battalion Fall 1944VE Day
Chapter 13 The Mediterranean and France
Chapter 14 The Separate Tank Battalion
Chapter 15 Battalion Operations OctoberDecember 1944
Chapter 16 Hunting Tanks Improving Tanks
Chapter 17 Battalion Operations January 1945
Chapter 18 Battalion Operations FebruaryMarch 1945
Chapter 19 Battalion Operations AprilMay 1945
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