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United States Army Armored Divisions of the Second World War (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Colour Books Military Photographic Books WWII > Photographic Books

By Michael Green
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 217
Illustrations: 250
ISBN: 9781526717252
Published: 15th October 2018



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The routing of the British and French Armies in May and June 1940 by the Wehrmacht’s armoured divisions caused a major rethink by the US Army’s senior leadership. The result was the formation of the two armoured divisions in July 1940; the first named ‘Old Ironside’ and second designated ‘Hell on Wheels’.

In 1941, a further three armoured divisions were created; the third (Spearhead), the fourth (remained unnamed) and the fifth called ‘Victory’. The following year seven more were created, the sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth. The final two armoured divisions formed in 1943 numbered the sixteenth and twentieth. All but one of these powerful formations went on to see service in the European Theatre of Operation (ETO); the exception being the 1st Armoured Division that served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy.

These fourteen divisions proved their effectiveness against the Axis forces. In this carefully researched book military historian and much published author Michael Green explains their operational and fighting doctrine. Equipment enthusiasts will appreciate the lavish images and informed captions of the armoured fighting vehicles and other equipment employed.

A good approach and an extraordinary documentary visual archive.

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Miniaturas JM

The author considers their operational and fighting doctrine and uses informatively captioned then and now photographs of the armoured fighting vehicles and other equipment employed to chronicle almost 30 years of rapid development and expansion.

Classic Military Vehicle, February 2019

The author has provided very good descriptive text and captions to an excellent selection of rare images. The series of books is always applicable to serious enthusiasts and professionals in offering a visual augmentation of an existing military history library. They are also useful to novices who want to make an easy entry into an area of military history. This is also the case for this book, but it is more important in that it is a comprehensive study of the development of US armor into the armored divisions deployed in North Africa, Italy and Northern Europe with great success.

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Where the book comes into it's own is, as you'd expect from the series, in the imagery. Basically after the text detailing what vehicles each division was authorised to maintain, there are extensive photographs of all the vehicles and equipment mentioned, showing wherever possible each variant... All in all, a thorough coverage for the armoured enthusiast, modeller or re-enactor.

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Clash of Steel

A good mix of photo reference, both in terms of the wartime archive illustrations but also the modern colour images, inside and out, of surviving examples of many of the AFV types discussed within the texts. A handy reference for modellers in particular.

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About Michael Green

Michael Green is the author of numerous acclaimed books in the Images of War series, including Armored Warfare in the Vietnam War, The Patton Tank: Cold War Warrior, M1 Abrams Tank, Allied Tanks of the Second World War, Allied AFVs of the Second World War, Axis Tanks of the Second World War, Axis AFVs of the Second World War, American Military Helicopters, US Airborne Divisions, USMC in the Vietnam War, US Armored Divisions of the Second World War, US Marine Corps in the Korean War, American Artillery, NATO and Warsaw Pact Tanks of the Cold War and Red Army Weapons of the World War.

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