Allied Tanks in Normandy 1944

Allied Tanks in Normandy 1944

New Vanguard 294
  • Author: Steven J. Zaloga
  • Illustrator: Felipe Rodríguez
  • Short code: NVG 294
  • Publication Date: 15 Apr 2021
  • Number of Pages: 48
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When Allied tanks began to roll off the landing craft on D-Day, it marked the start of one of the great periods of tank warfare in World War II. Often outgunned by the German Panzers, and fighting in the close confines of bocage country, they nevertheless managed to break out of Normandy and begin the liberation of Europe. It was a battle that was dominated by the Americans' legendary Sherman, but also saw a wide and complex range of armour committed to battle across the many armies involved, from British Churchills and special-purpose 'Funnies' to the Canadians' Ram tank.

This book explains the qualities, strengths and weakness of the major British and US tank types as well as associated Allied units in Normandy including the Canadians, Poles, and French, and how they really fought. It will discuss the organization and equipment of the units, providing thumbnail sketches of organization and doctrine as well as statistical data on the types and categories of AFVs that saw action, providing a handy and concise guide for military historians, wargamers and military modelers.

Biographical Note

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 two 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 lives in Maryland, USA.

Contents

THE CAMPAIGN
DOCTRINE AND ORGANIZATION
British tank organization in Normandy
US tank organization in Normandy
TECHNICAL FACTORS
British tanks and AFVs
British cruiser tanks
British infantry tanks
British tank destroyers
British light tanks
US TANKS AND AFVS IN NORMANDY
BATTLE ANALYSIS
Organizational and doctrinal lessons
Technical lessons
Tank casualties
FURTHER READING
INDEX


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