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Armored Thunderbolt: The U.S. Army Sherman in World War II
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 ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published September 22nd 2008 by Stackpole Books
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Steven Zaloga certainly doesn't disappoint in this book. Rather than being a nuts and bolts technical description of the Sherman tank, Zaloga describes the tank within the framework of the US Army doctrinal thinking of the time, how the different individuals and organizations involved with Army tank development interacted, and how the Sherman was viewed by Army leadership in combat. The book focuses not on whether a Sherman's main gun could penetrate the front of a Panther or Tiger at 500 yards, ...more
This book is great if you are looking for more information on the American M4 medium tank than the usual battle record, criticism, and unit information. Zaloga touches on the Sherman’s technical aspects but focuses on the how and why it was developed and why the U.S. was so slow to react (or be proactive for that matter)to the battle field advances of our enemies. I found the book absolutely fascinating and surprisingly readable. My only disappointment is that it was too short. I expected a many ...more