Tank Tactics: From Normandy to Lorraine

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"An operational critique of the art of war as practiced by U.S. and Canadian tank commanders in France in 1944, Tank Tactics also traces the evolution of North American armored doctrine." "Jarymowycz draws on after-action reports, extensive battlefield reconnaissance (involving both Allied and German veterans), and recently discovered battle performance reviews, as well as Allied and German interrogation reports, war diaries, and technical evaluations, to compare and evaluate combat success and failure. He provides detailed tactical diagrams and analyses of tank versus tank engagements - and illustrates the frustrations of commanders attempting maneuver warfare under the exasperating caution of Bradley and the questionable direction of Montgomery." "This penetrating analysis features a review of tank battles in Lorraine, where the U.S. Third Army commanders demonstrated mastery of mission command doctrine. Jarymowycz concludes by comparing U.S. and Soviet approaches to operational maneuver, describing creative tactical mixes found in combat commands well before battle groups became common in NATO parlance."--BOOK JACKET.
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Now Dean of the Canadian Militia Staff College in Kingston, Austrian- born Jarymowycz explains cavalry's status and raison d'etre within the evolution of armor as the essence of maneuver and creativity on the battlefield, and examines the doctrinal evolution of US and Canadian armor. He concludes that though the two countries have much in common, their armies have evolved separately. Focusing mostly on battles in France during 1944, he begins by reviewing doctrine during the interwar period, 1918-30. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555879501
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Art of War Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 363
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Cavalry and Mechanization, 1918-1930 2
2 North American Tank Forces 23
3 Creating a North American Armored Force: The European Influence 41
4 Armor's Genesis in North America: The United States and Canada Create Armored Forces 67
5 Creating North American Panzer Armies: Lessons from Europe and Africa 83
6 Allied Strategic Offensives in Normandy: Operation Goodwood 107
7 Operation Spring, 25 July 1944: The Other Cobra 125
8 Operation Cobra: Bradley Acquires Operational Maneuver 147
9 Breaking Out: Operation Totalize, 8 August 1944 163
10 Strategic Breakout: Operation Tractable 185
11 Armor in Its "Proper Role": The Pursuit Doctrine 203
12 Patton's Lieutenants in Lorraine: A Maturation of Maneuver Warfare 221
13 "Who Killed Tiger?": The Great Tank Scandal 255
14 Stavka in Normandy 285
15 Conclusion: The Allied Operational Art 313
App. A Allied Tanks of World War I 331
App. B Allied Armored Formations, ETO 333
App. C The M4 Sherman Tank 335
App. D Armored Corps Casualties 337
App. E Sample of Allied Tank Casualties by Theater 339
App. F Tiger Versus Allied Armor: Penetration Tables 341
App. G Analysis of Allied Tank Casualties in Normandy, 6 June-10 July 343
Selected Bibliography 345
Index 350
About the Book 362
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