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Sherman vs Panther: Battle of the Bulge 1944

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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"Provides a specialty focus on the machines of war which were designed and developed with the battle environment at hand." -California Bookwatch, November 2008

"For Duel #13 we have the first repeat antagonists. Both the Panther and the Sherman have been covered before, but not against each other ... [Everything] is superbly covered by author Steven Zaloga and thanks to excellent art work and period photos, his points are well illustrated ... Another superb addition to what has become a very popular series..." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (October 2008)

"I truly liked the illustrations by Jim Laurier. Throughout the book, there were side by side comparisons of the vehicles, their turrets, even their gun sights. This backed up the liberal use of photographs showing both vehicles in many different views. This is an easy book to read, and would be welcomed by any reader with an interest in either of these fighting vehicles." - Thomas Houlihan, World War II Database (September 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846032929
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/23/2008
  • Series: Duel Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 335,329
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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. The author lives in Abingdon, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Chronology 6

Design and Development 8

Technical Specifications 21

The Combatants 33

The Strategic Situation 47

Combat 50

Statistics and Analysis 67

Bibliography 76

Index 80

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    INTERESTING BOOK

    THis is a short history and comparison of the U.S. M4 SHERMAN tank and the GERMAN PANTHER of WW II fame. The book tallies up the strengths and weaknesses of both tank and compares how they did during the battle of the ARDENNES: AKA THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE.

    The book is short but filled with information and photos. If you are a history buff or WW II, it goes past the tv/movie histories to the real thing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Loved it

    Great book for anybody into tanks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Great book

    World of tanks

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