Armored Thunderbolt: The U.s. Army Sherman In World War Ii by Steven ZalogaArmored Thunderbolt: The U.s. Army Sherman In World War Ii by Steven Zaloga

Armored Thunderbolt: The U.s. Army Sherman In World War Ii

bySteven Zaloga

Hardcover | September 22, 2008

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. Hundreds of photos, including many never published before with riveting accounts of armored warfare in World War II . Compares the Sherman to other tanks, including the Panther and Tiger . Author is a world-renowned expert on the Sherman tank and American armor Some tank crews referred to the American M4 Sherman tank as a "death trap." Others, like Gen. George Patton, believed that the Sherman helped win World War II. So which was it: death trap or war winner? Armor expert Steven Zaloga answers that question by recounting the Sherman's combat history. Focusing on Northwest Europe (but also including a chapter on the Pacific), Zaloga follows the Sherman into action on D-Day, among the Normandy hedgerows, during Patton?s race across France, in the great tank battle at Arracourt in September 1944, at the Battle of the Bulge, across the Rhine, and in the Ruhr pocket in 1945.
Steven Zaloga, an internationally recognized military historian, has written numerous books on the vehicles and campaigns of World War II, including Armored Champion (978-0-8117-1437-2), Armored Thunderbolt (978-0-8117-0424-3), Armored Attack 1944 (978-0-8117-0769-5), Armored Victory 1945 (978-0-8117-0771-8), and The Devilâ?Ts Garden (...
Title:Armored Thunderbolt: The U.s. Army Sherman In World War IiFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 10 × 8 × 1 inPublished:September 22, 2008Publisher:Stackpole BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0811704246

ISBN - 13:9780811704243

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Sherman Demystified Armored Thunderbolt is a very well written account of the Sherman Tank and how it came to be the legend it is. It is essentially a chronological volume showing the development of the Sherman, the legend, the myths, and end results, of one of the most popular or unpopular tanks (if you wish) of the 20th century. While it is not what you would consider a technical free for all type of book, it gives you the basic statistics and types of the venerable Sherman. The book describes the various types of the Sherman, while not getting too technical on the multitude of changes to production runs of the same series of tank. This means it is not going to tell you when a certain style of turret made its' appearance in the development, but it does give you a breakdown of the M4 series and the major advances or improvements made with the development of the Sherman over the span of the Second World War and on into the cold war. Armored Thunderbolt in intended as a more general and understandable history of the Sherman without all the overwealming tech information. In depth technical Information is better retrieved from the R.P. Hunnicutt volume entitled the Sherman, well known as the bible for all Sherman enthusiasts. There are many chapters in the book covering the use of the Sherman in the various theatres of war and how it was employed. It is quite interesting to see the differences in how the tank was used by the different branches of the services especially in how the crews stowed the tank with both personal and military equipment. While a tank in North West Europe may have been found to be covered in the crews baggage and war booty, tanks in the Pacific theatre of war had very little stowed outside them. This was due to the profound use of the tank in close combat with infantry where the stowage could easily be set alight by the enemy causing great difficulties for the crew. A short section in the book also covers the use of the Sherman in the experimental role and its role as an armored engineer vehicle. This information is well received as it shows how the Sherman was adaptable to various uses throughout its' life. Armored Thunderbolt also gives you a good look into the changes made to the next generation of tank, The Pershing and how lessons learned with the Sherman affected its' development. Armored Thunderbolt is a book well worth being in any military vehicle enthusiasts' collection with its excellent selection of photographs and informative text. Quite frankly, I had never seen many of the photos that appear in the book and I was truly impressed with the authors' exhaustive attempts not to reuse many photos that can be seen in other books on the Sherman. The reader must be aware though that this is a book on the American use of the Sherman and not one covering all the Allied armies use of it. While there are some photos of the Sherman in Lend Lease use but it generally sticks to American usage in all the theatres of war. The author has been writing books on military matters for many years. Steve Zaloga is a well known historian as well as a military advisor having a wealth of in depth knowledge and superior access to various archives and collections throughout the world. He has given us a true definitive work on the history of the Sherman worth much more than the asking price of the book.
Date published: 2009-01-25