The Tank Killers: A History of America's World War II Tank Destroyer Forceby Harry Yeide
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Harry Yeide's The Tank Killers recounts the dramatic and overlooked history of the American Tank Destroyer Force (TD) in North Africa, Italy, and the European Theater of Operations during World War II, and the men who served in those battalions. The TD was a bold response to the challenges posed by the seemingly unstoppable German blitzkrieg. Using internal records and interviews with survivors, Yeide presents the entire story of the TD, from its formation in 1941 through victory in 1945. Until now, the gritty details of the amazing TD missions have never been published in a work of popular history.
Tank Destroyers were designed to be light and fast to outmaneuver panzers, but still wield the firepower needed to kill German tanks, Yeide recounts in vivid detail how TDs fought their way to victory in North Africa, where they were recognized as an invaluable battlefield asset. TD reconnaissance teams established a record there for daring operations that would continue for the rest of the war. Once victory was secured in Africa, these battalions went on to serve in every major operation in Italy and Fortress Europe. As more dangerous panzers took the field, the TD crews discovered their guns were the only viable way to stop German armor. By VE day, the tank destroyer battalions had achieved impressive records, usually with kill/loss rates heavily in their favor. The Tank Killers: A History of America's World War II Tank Destroyer Force draws heavily upon official reports and documents, as well as interviews with TD veterans. It is a deeply researched and well-written history that will appeal to every student of World War II.
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Harry Yeide is aninternational affairs analyst who writes assessments for the president of the United States and senior policymakers
...very well-done... ought to be welcome by those of us who enjoy a good read ...
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Harry Yeide has been a national security affairs analyst for the federal government for 27 years. He received a BA in political science and German from Muhlenberg College in 1982 and an MA in international affairs from the George Washington University in 1984. In his position with the federal government he has worked as a political, terrorism, and economic analyst on the Soviet Bloc, the Balkans, the Aegean, East Asia, South Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and he has served in numerous assignments overseas. He is the author of a number of works of military history, including The Longest Battle and First to the Rhine.
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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.
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.
My grandfathers name is in the book! The author attempted to interview him, unfortunately he passed away a few months before. When we read of the Bulge we are familiar with the stories because he had told us!
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"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.