For The Memories: An Oral History of the 712th Tank Battalion from World
by Aaron Elson
a must read for any tanker, and should be purchased by all libraries
near an armored unit. ... Tanks for the Memories is mainly a story about
how a unit really functions in wartime.
Battles : A Study of the Employment of Armor in the Second World War by
F. W. Von Mellinthin
Sam Donaldson interviewed General Norman Schwarzkopf in his quarters in
the Gulf, PANZER BATTLES was one of the books on his desk. A model
military history, this is one of the few close looks we will ever have
of the tactics, the planning, and the operations of tank warfare from a
participant. It was the decisive victories of the German Panzer
divisions in North Africa in World War II that taught the Allies the
importance of an integrated combat team consisting of tanks, infantry,
and artillery. PANZER BATTLES is a vivid account of the major campaigns
of that war, especially the legendary desert battles fought by Rommel,
who found the desert to be the perfect terrain in which to wage almost
purely theoretical armored warfare with large-scale tank formations.
Here is an unparalleled look at what the American military learned from
the experience of fighting in WWII -- experience that was put to use in
the Gulf War. Amazon Review.
Were All Young Kids by
The story of Jim Flowers, a brash young lieutenant from Dallas whose
courage and sacrifice helped turn the tide in one of the bloodiest
battles of the Normandy campaign, is taught to French schoolchildren.
Yet it is virtually unknown in the United States. I have been privileged
to interview at length the surviving members of Flowers' ill-fated
platoon, and have been deeply moved by their account.
Attacks : The Tank Platoon : An Interactive Exercise in Small-Unit
Tactics and Leadership by
John F. Antal
Attacks is an excellent book. This book entertains as well as teaches.
In this book the reader determines the ending by his or her decisions.
Every junior officer in the Army and Marine Corps should read this book.
Civilians will enjoy it too, and get a glimpse of what it is like to be
a tank platoon leader. Very well done! Amazon Review.
Colt to Desert Storm : The History of U.S. Armored Forces by
George F. Hofmann, Donn A. Starry
must-read for armor specialists
Anyone interested in tanks and mechanized infantry in the U.S. Army and
U.S. Marine Corps ought to read this collection of historical essays.
The emphasis is upon technical and doctrinal development, and while most
of these topics have been treated elsewhere, their compilation here
makes for a nice (if uneven) survey. Amazon Review.
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Spear : U.S. Marine Light Armor in the Gulf War by
G. J. Michaels
An Armor Battalion in the Gulf War by
David S. Pierson
Fine Night for Tanks : The Road to Falaise by