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M36/M36B-1 Tank Destroyer (Paperback)

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By David Doyle
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 121
ISBN: 9781526748928
Published: 25th April 2019

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Going into WWII, the prevailing strategy of the US command was that takns were not to be used to engage enemy tanks in combat. Rather, tanks were to be the armored spearhead to breach enemy positions. Enemy tanks were to be dealt with by specialized weapons, aptly named tank destroyers.

While the 3-inch weapon of the M10 was superior to that found on earlier US tank destroyers, it was still found to be inadequate against the ever-increasing weight of German armor. An even larger gun, the 90mm M3, was placed in a new, bigger open-topped turret on 100 new hulls purpose built for this, and by remanufacturing M10A1s, primarily from US-based training units. As the supply of these chassis was depleted, additional vehicles were created by converting Diesel-powered M10s, resulting in the M36B2. The M36B1 was built from the ground-up as a tank destroyer, using a hull based on that of the M4A3 but featuring a standard M36 turret. Examination of rare surviving vehicles indicate that the M36B1 hulls were manufactured expressly for this purpose, and were not merely M4A3 hulls that were converted.

While US antitank doctrine changed, rendering all the tank destroyers obsolete post-WWII, many of these vehicles were supplied to other nations, and in fact some survived as combat vehicles into the 21st century.

The latest in Pen and Sword's Images of War series takes an in-depth look at the M36 Tank Destroyer. Brilliant photos of this amazing specialised vehicle and its various wartime campaigns.

Books Monthly

As a replacement for the under gunned M10 "TD" the Americans developed the 90mm Gun Motor Carriage, M36, which first saw combat in the war in Europe in October 1944. In this latest release by Pen & Sword in their Military series, Images of War, David Doyle provides an introduction and a chapter each on the two basic variants, the M36, which either had a purpose built hull or a re-manufactured M10A1 hull, and the M36B1, based upon a Sherman tank hull. In his 121 pages there are 62 wartime black and white photos of the M36 and 6 of the -B1 variant. There are 84 colour detail photos of extant M36 machines with 21 colour photos of two preserved M36B1s. Mention is made of the -B2 diesel variant and the British modification, M10 SP Mark 1C (Achilles). This tank destroyer served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Balkans and even encountered in the war in Iraq (ex-Iranian machines). It has served in many armies. It's an excellent reference with a wealth of well captioned detail photographs showing field modifications and many subtle differences.

Japanese Aviation Society

The author, an armour preservation specialist has delivered a beautifully researched and illustrated book, many illustrations being in full colour. – Very Highly Recommended

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Firetrench

The book is a selection of excellent photographs with accompanying text... Printing is to Pen & Sword’s usual high standard.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

Highly recommended... well written... inspirational for modellers.

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Scale Modelling Now

This is another fine addition to the Images of War series for Pen & Sword by author David Doyle. He takes on another WW2 era US AFV in the form of the M36/M36B1. This was a progression from the M10 tank destroyer, which saw it being fitted with the 90mm gun, to enable it to cope with the larger German AFVs of the later war period.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

The period black and white photographs are very well captioned and have been well chosen for the clarity of them. I feel these images will best serve the modeller who wishes to depict a specific vehicle at a specific time and place. Details such as marking can be picked out as can the collection of comforts that often get added. There are a series of photographs that show an M36 that rolled over while being towed and these will make excellent reference for those wishing to make a diorama of it rolled on its side or after it had been righted. There is also a very nice photograph showing the effect on winter white wash applications that could make for a visually stunning model.

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Armorama

Personally I love these books, and find them both very inspiring and very useful in relation to my modelmaking and wargaming hobbies. Definitely recommended.

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A Question Of Scale, Seb Palmer

About David Doyle

An avid military vehicle enthusiast whose collection includes 10 Vietnam-era vehicles, it not surprising that most of his 100+ published books focus on US military vehicles. In June 2015, he was presented the coveted Bart Vanderveen Award by the Military Vehicle Preservation Association, given in recognition of "…the individual who has contributed the most to the historic preservation of military vehicles worldwide."

Some of David Doyle's published works are - Panzerkampfwagen IV: The Backbone of Germany’s WWII Tank Forces; U.S. Half-Track Vehicles In Action; M151 Mutt In Action; The Complete DUKW Historical Reference; P-47 Thunderbolt In Action; B-17F Flying Fortress A Visual History of the B-17F Flying Fortress in WWII; USS Iowa (BB-61): The Story of "The Big Stick" from 1940 to the Present.

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