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by Harry Yeide
The tank destroyer (TD) was a bold-if some would say flawed-answer to the challenge posed by the German blitzkrieg. The TD was conceived to be light and fast enough to outmanoeuvre panzer forces and go where tanks could not. This is the story of American TD Force in North Africa, Italy, and the European Theatre during World War II.
ebook, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors
(first published October 1st 2004)
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Solid backing research, but I wish this had dealt more with the evolution of doctrine as the war progressed and just worked at a larger level instead of repeatedly dipping down to a small scale and quoting from unit-level AARs about what this one crew did this one time. It's too fragmented, there's too much bouncing around from the platoon level to the battalion level and as a result the big-picture stuff just seems shoehorned-in and perfunctory.
I picked this up a while ago, but did not really start it.. After just completing a couple of books on the battle of the bulge I had to get a better understanding of what they were and how they were used.... Great book with serious insight, I have coupled reading this with a book on the M10's of WWII... Great book and a good read, might be a little tough for the none history buff......
Interesting account but neither a comprehensive history nor a detailed narrative. This book provides some wave-top detail but without a real theme to demonstrate how the tank destroyers fought. Each engagement talks of a specific location with numbers engaged and destroyed. I did not find it useful as a means to understand how a high mobility and firepower based force (with limited protection) and little doctrinal integration achieved success in the battlefield. I found the Leavenworth Paper muc ...more
Yeide did a good job introducing this forgotten aspect of WWII. He included a nice introduction to the rational of the Tank Destroyer forces and why the original doctrines were rarely employed during the war. Episodes from the various battalions where included organized within an outline of the North Africa, Italian and French/German campaigns. Good use was made of existing sources, though no attempt was made to interview participants. More maps would have been nice.
I started the book looking for information and history behind the 636th tank destroyer battalion that my grandfather had fought in. I sadly and quickly realized that everything about the 636th had been taken from Tom Sherman's book/ autobiography about the battalion and only focused on his stories. I don't know if that is research or lack there of.