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In this book Steven J Zaloga offers a fascinating comparison of the combat performance of the two most important tanks involved in the crucial fighting of 1944, the Sherman and the Panther. Examining the design and development of both tanks, Zaloga notes the obvious superiority that the Panther had over the Sherman and how the highly engineered German tank was eventually beaten back, not necessarily by the improvements made to the Sherman, but rather by the superior numbers of tanks that the Allies were able to put into the field.

Putting the reader into the heart of this battle between quality and quantity Zaloga examines the tactical intricacies of the battles between these two rivals. Using a compelling account of the ferocious fighting in the Ardennes region to explain the successes and failures of each tank he also highlights the fact that a tank can only be as good as its crew, weighing up the impact of low morale, high cost and mediocre crew training on the Panthers superiority. Packed with full-colour battlescenes, technical drawings, photographs, digital gunsight views, extracts from crew training manuals and real combat reports, this book brings to life the titanic battles between the Sherman and the Panther.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Chronology · Design and development · Technical specifications · The strategic situation · The Combatants · Combat · Statistics and analysis · Aftermath/conclusion

Product details

Published Sep 23 2008
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781846032929
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 55 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Duel
Short code DUE 13
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Steven J. Zaloga

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from U…

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Howard Gerrard

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Jim Laurier

Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives i…

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