The US Army in World War II (3): Northwest Europe

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The GIs who struggled ashore through the surf of Omaha and Utah Beaches on 6 June 1944 were members of the best-equipped army ever assembled up to that date. It was in the NW Europe campaign of June 1944-May 1945 of World War II that the US Army was finally able to show its full potential for fluent mechanised warfare. This title describes both combat and service uniforms worn in the ETO, from the assault troops on the D-Day beaches to bemedalled veterans celebrating VE-Day; other subjects covered include ...
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Overview

The GIs who struggled ashore through the surf of Omaha and Utah Beaches on 6 June 1944 were members of the best-equipped army ever assembled up to that date. It was in the NW Europe campaign of June 1944-May 1945 of World War II that the US Army was finally able to show its full potential for fluent mechanised warfare. This title describes both combat and service uniforms worn in the ETO, from the assault troops on the D-Day beaches to bemedalled veterans celebrating VE-Day; other subjects covered include artillery, tanks, anti-tank weapons, the engineers, the replacement system; and the insignia of the divisions committed to this front.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841760865
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Series: Men-at-Arms Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,051,205
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark R. Henry is a lifelong student of military history and an experienced re-enactor of many periods. He served in the US Army as a signals officer from 1981-90, in Germany, Texas and Korea. He has previously written Men-at-Arms 327, US Marine Corps in World War I.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
The supply crisis in the ETO, 1944-45
Service Dress 5
Enlisted men
Officers
ETO jacket
M1944 'Ike' jacket
Branch colours and insignia
Distinctive insignia
Shoulder patches
Fourrageres
Women's Army Corps
Army Nurse Corps
Organisation 11
Corps, armies and army groups
Rotation of divisions
Replacements
Artillery 14
105mm howitzer
Pack howitzers
Heavy artillery-155mm, 4.5in, 8in
Siege artillery-8in, 240mm
Rockets
Anti-tank guns
Anti-aircraft guns
Tactical air support
Engineers 18
Tanks 20
Shortcomings of US tank guns and armour
The M4 Sherman
Evolution of tank tactics in the ETO
Other types-M26 Pershing, M3/M5 Stuart, M24 Chaffee
Tank Destroyers 23
TD battalions
Equipment-M3 halftrack, M10 Wolverine, M18 Hellcat, M36 Jackson
Tank destroyer doctrine
Eto Campaign Summary 34
Going home
Divisional Campaign Service & Shoulder Patches 38
Bibliography 40
The Plates 41
Index 48
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