Buttoned Up: American Armor and the 781st Tank Battalion in World War II

Buttoned Up: American Armor and the 781st Tank Battalion in World War II

by Westin Ellis Robeson

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Buttoned Up: American Armor and the 781st Tank Battalion in World War II by Westin Ellis Robeson

Independent tank battalions were small, self-contained armored units attached to larger infantry divisions as necessary during World War II. The United States Army believed this would provide infantry the firepower and protection it needed on an ever-changing battlefield. In Buttoned Up: American Armor and the 781st Tank Battalion in World War II, Westin E. Robeson explores the contribution of American armor to the Allied victory in World War II.       
   
Robeson first provides contextual background with a consideration of the history of the tank itself and the development of armor doctrine during the First World War and interwar years. He then addresses the rebirth of American armor in response to the German attacks in Europe. Finally, he focuses on a particular independent tank battalion, the 781st, as a case study of the effectiveness of armor in World War II.

Buttoned Up introduces the reader to the application of American armored doctrine and provides a new understanding of the tank as a weapon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623495664
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 12/18/2017
Series: Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series , #157
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 818,121
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

WESTIN E. ROBESON is an independent historian in Cincinnati, where he teaches history in the private school system. He also teaches English as a Second Language.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1 Origins through 1939 1

Chapter 1 An Introduction 3

Chapter 2 Dawn of the Tank 5

Chapter 3 The Great War and Its Wake 11

Chapter 4 American Armor during the Interwar Years 25

Chapter 5 Guderian and the German Attack on Poland 46

Chapter 6 Panzers in France 60

Part 2 Summer 1940-Fall 1944 71

Chapter 7 Creating the US Armored Force 73

Chapter 8 African Desert, British Troops, American Tanks 80

Chapter 9 World War 90

Chapter 10 El Alamein 111

Chapter 11 Disaster in Tunisia 115

Chapter 12 Lessons from the Desert 123

Part 3 The 781st Tank Battalion, Fall 1944-VE Day 133

Chapter 13 The Mediterranean and France 135

Chapter 14 The Separate Tank Battalion 144

Chapter 15 Battalion Operations, October-December 1944 154

Chapter 16 Hunting Tanks, Improving Tanks 168

Chapter 17 Battalion Operations, January 1945 177

Chapter 18 Battalion Operations, February-March 1945 197

Chapter 19 Battalion Operations, April-May 1945 216

Chapter 20 Postwar and Review 235

Notes 243

Bibliography 255

Index 259

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