Tanks of D-Day 1944

Tanks of D-Day 1944

Armor on the beaches of Normandy and southern France

New Vanguard 296
  • Author: Steven J. Zaloga
  • Illustrator: Felipe Rodríguez
  • Short code: NVG 296
  • Publication Date: 24 Jun 2021
  • Number of Pages: 48
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Allied success in invading Fortress Europe (the area of Continental Europe occupied by Nazi Germany) depended on getting armor onto the beaches as fast as possible. This book explains how the Allies developed the specialist tanks it needed, their qualities, deployment and numbers, and how they performed on the two crucial days when France was invaded, firstly in Normandy and then in Provence.

The focus of this volume will be on the specialized tanks developed for the Operation Neptune amphibious landings including the Duplex Drive amphibious Sherman tanks used on both the US and British/Canadian beaches. It also covers the specialized engineer tanks called ”Armoured Funnies” of the British 79th Armoured Division and addresses the popular myth that US Army refusal to employ the Armoured Funnies was a principal cause for the high casualties at Omaha Beach. There is also coverage of Operation Overlord's "Forgotten D-Day”, the amphibious landings of Operation Dragoon. This book addresses why there were so few Panzers opposing the landings from the German perspective as well as detailing the extent of German tank/assault gun activity on D-Day.

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 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.

Contents

INTRODUCTION
Lessons learned?
SPECIALIZED TANKS FOR OVERLORD
The CDL Canal Defence Light Night-Fighting Tank
The Sherman Duplex Drive Amphibious Tank
Deep-Wading Tanks
Churchill AVRE
AVRE Bridging Devices
AVRE Carpet Layers
Crab Flail Mine-Clearing Tank
Churchill Crocodile Flamethrower Tank
T1 Armored Engineer Vehicle
M1 Tank-Dozer
US Army acquisition of Armoured Funnies
TANKS, DOCTRINE, AND ORGANIZATION 21
Gunfire support groups
Armored engineer support
THE CAMPAIGN 25
Sword Beach
Juno Beach
Gold Beach
Omaha Beach
Utah Beach
The other D-Day
BATTLE ANALYSIS 45
FURTHER READING 47
INDEX 48


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