Tank Action: From the Great War to the Gulf

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This is a detailed look at 42 individual low-level battles spanning 80 years of armored warfare, chosen from as many different scenarios as possible, so that details of less well-known actions are not overshadowed by the more famous. Emphasis is given to the individual tank commanders involved, but without the crew he is unable to engage and destroy the enemy. Supported by a vast array of photographs, maps, and line drawings, here is a comprehensive and carefully crafted evocation of life...

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Overview

This is a detailed look at 42 individual low-level battles spanning 80 years of armored warfare, chosen from as many different scenarios as possible, so that details of less well-known actions are not overshadowed by the more famous. Emphasis is given to the individual tank commanders involved, but without the crew he is unable to engage and destroy the enemy. Supported by a vast array of photographs, maps, and line drawings, here is a comprehensive and carefully crafted evocation of life at the sharp end of tank warfare, as seen from the dramatic perspective of the tank crews themselves.

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"Forty, well known for his work on armored warfare and his illustrated campaign histories, illuminates the experience of tank warfare through interviews, personal communications and oral histories."  —Publishers Weekly on Tank Warfare in the Second World War
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752451084
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

George Forty is the author of more than 30 books on military subjects, including Germany at War, Modern TanksSpecial Forces, and Tank Warfare in the Second World War.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

List of Drawings xii

List of Maps xiii

Introduction xv

The Tank Commander 1

Part 1 The First World War

On The Western Front

Flers: The First Action, 15 September 1916 19

Berry au Bac: The French Beginning, 16 April 1917 28

American Operations in the St Mihiel Salient, 14 September 1918 33

Villers Bretonneux: The First Tank-versus-Tank Engagement, 24 April 1918 39

Part 2 The Second World War

Blitzkrieg and The Early Desert War

Blitzkrieg! 1940 51

The Battle in Front of the Gembloux Gap, 13 May 1940 59

The Attack on Nibeiwa Fort, 9 December 1940 67

'Fox killed in the open': The Battle of Beda Fomm, 8 February 1941 75

The Western Desert and Tunisia

Tobruk, April 1941 87

Alam Halfa, 1 September 1942 98

The Battle of Tebourba, 1-3 December 1942 107

The Battle of Steamroller Farm, 28 February 1943 115

Italy and North-West Europe

Always a Strathcona: Lt Edward J. Perkins and the Melfa River Bridgehead Battle, 24-5 May 1944 123

Villers-Bocage: A Living Legend, 12-15 June 1944 133

US Armor in North-west Europe: A Quarter of 3rd Armored Division Aces 140

Sgt Fred Kite MM at Le Grand Bonfait, 3 August 1944 154

Russia and The Eastern Front

An Armoured Road-block, 23-4 June 1941 161

Eighteen-to-One at Nefedevo, 5 December 1941 171

The T-34s Fight a Battle, 6 October 1941 174

Maria's Tank 178

A 'Winter Tank Ballet' at Workers' Settlement No. 5, 16 January 1943 180

The Defence of the Vienna Bridgehead, 12 April 1945 183

North-West Europe and The Far East

The Nancy Bridgehead; The German Counter-attack on Arracourt, 19-22 September 1944 191

The Battle of the Bulge: A Close-range Engagement near Manhay, 24 December 1944 198

Kohima and the Tennis Court Battle, 13 May 1944 204

The Battle of Peleliu Airfield, South Pacific, 15 September 1944 210

Part 3 Postwar Conflicts

Korea and Vietnam

The Pusan Perimeter, August-September 1950 219

Obong-Ni Ridge, 17 August 1950 219

The Naktong River Front Battle, 31 August-1 September 1950 224

The Last Phase of the Battle of the Imjin River, 25 April 1951 228

Tank-versus-Tank at Ben Het, Vietnam, 3 March 1969 235

Ambush at Suoi Cat, 2 December 1966 239

Ambush near Quan Loi, 11 January 1969 243

The Arab-Israeli Wars

Continual Conflict, 1948 onwards 245

The War of the Waters, 1964-5 246

The Six-Day War: Tank Battles in Samaria, 6 June 1967 255

Yom Kippur and the 'Valley of Tears', 7-9 October 1973 258

The Gulf War

'Tanks! Tanks! Direct Front!', 24 February 1991 267

The Battle of 73 Easting, 26 February 1991 274

-Eagle Troop Battle 278

A Desert Rat's 'Tail' 283

Select Bibliography 291

Index 293

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