The Tank Killers: A History of America's World War II Tank Destroyer Force

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This is the story of the specialized U.S. armored force designed specifically to kill enemy tanks in direct combat. It follows the men who fought in the TDs from the formation of the force in 1941 through the victory over the Third Reich in 1945, through North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany, describing a story of American flexibility and pragmatism in military affairs. It draws heavily on the records of the tank destroyer battalions and the units with which they fought, and veterans of the force add their ...

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Overview

This is the story of the specialized U.S. armored force designed specifically to kill enemy tanks in direct combat. It follows the men who fought in the TDs from the formation of the force in 1941 through the victory over the Third Reich in 1945, through North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany, describing a story of American flexibility and pragmatism in military affairs. It draws heavily on the records of the tank destroyer battalions and the units with which they fought, and veterans of the force add their personal stories.

"This gritty and well written account of the TD's is a fantastic read. . . .Whether your interest is armour or history I would highly recommend this book."—Military Modeling

"This thoroughly researched and well presented history of a relatively little known, but significant, contributor to victory is a valuable addition to US Army history"—Journal of America's Military Past

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...uses internal records, official reports and documents and interviews with TD veterans to provide an especially complete account of an overlooked but impressively successful response to the seemingly unstoppable German blitzkrieg.
Military Modeling.com
This gritty and well written account of the TD's is a fantastic read . . . .Whether your interest is armour or history I would highly recommend this book.
—V.Branigan
Stone and Stone
. . . interesting book, and definitely the best coverage of tank destroyers currently on the market.
Missing Lynx

...very well-done... ought to be welcome by those of us who enjoy a good read ...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932033809
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Pages: 339
  • Sales rank: 365,279
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

    From the horse's mouth

    Thoroughly enjoyable read if you're into military history and strategy.
    Conceptual development of a strategy does not always materialize on the battlefield. This book illustrates the importance of flexibility on the battlefield. While American tanks were clearly outgunned - lighter tanks allows American tanks to fight on different fields.
    If cohesive unit and platoon radio communication were available there would be significantly less lives lost.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Excellent for military history buffs or those looking for more information on the Tank Destroyer force of WW2.

    I thought it was well done. I always find it interesting that people involved in the same operation can have such different views, and the personall accounts of the soldiers mentioned had some very different opinions of things, from their account of Anzio to opinions on Patton. Yeide uses the soldier's accounts instead of recounting popular opinion, so his writing adds a balanced view of some parts of WW2 history. A history of the tank destroyer force is long overdue, and anyone who has an interest in armored warfare should make time to read this book. As both a military history buff and a miniatures wargamer, I found many things of interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Fact heavy, no characters to follow

    "A History..." is that indeed. Lots of unit numbers and places on the globe (keep one handy). There are many names mentioned but the book isn't about any set of particular names, other than those that advocated for/against the TD force.

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