US Army Tank Crewman 1941-45: European Theater of Operations (ETO) 1944-45

US Army Tank Crewman 1941-45: European Theater of Operations (ETO) 1944-45

by Steven J. Zaloga, Howard Gerrard

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Overview

Revealing what it was like to live and fight in a medium tank this book is structured around the career of a single tanker from 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division. The focus is largely on the crew of an M4 Sherman, though light tank service is also studied. Tank operation required a welltrained and well-coordinated crew. The crew positions and roles of tank commander, gunner, driver, loader, and assistant driver are all covered in detail, together with recruitment procedure, specialist training, and the variety of specialized clothing and personal weaponry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472805195
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 08/20/2013
Series: Warrior , #78
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 963,709
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Steven J Zaloga was born in 1952, received his BA in history from Union College, and his MA from Columbia University. He has published numerous books and articles dealing with modern military technology, especially armoured vehicle development. His main area of interest is US military affairs in World War II and beyond, and he has also written extensively on Soviet armoured forces.

Howard Gerrard studied at the Wallasey School of Art and has been a freelance designer and illustrator for over 20 years. He has won both the Society of British Aerospace Companies Award and the Wilkinson Sword Trophy and has illustrated a number of books for Osprey including Campaign 69: 'Nagashino 1575' and Campaign 72: 'Jutland 1916'. Howard lives and works in Kent.
Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over three decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union. He currently lives in Maryland.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Chronology · Recruitment/Enlistment · Belief and Belonging · Training for Combat · Appearance and Equipment · On Campaign: The Normandy Breakout · On Campaign: The Lorraine Tank Battles · On Campaign: Autumn Mud · On Campaign: Battle of the Bulge · On Campaign: The Rhine Rat Race · Aftermath · Color plate commentary · Museums and Collections · Collecting · Bibliography · Index

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