The Armored Fist: The 712th Tank Battalion in the Second World War
This book offers a unique insight into the lives of members of the 712th US Tank Battalion during the Second World War, who landed in Normandy after D-day. The story, as told by a veteran's son, is one of heroism and bravery in the face of adversity.
Into the Breach: The Life and Times of the 740th Tank Battalion in World War II, Revised Edition
December 1944. When the Daredevil Tankers of the 740th Tank Battalion moved into the breach against Kampfgruppe Peiper in the ice and snow of the Belgian Ardennes, the ferociousness of their attack sent the elite panzers of Hitler's 1st SS Panzer Division reeling. In bastard tanks pieced together from the scrapheap only the night before, the 740th plunged awkwardly into the war, spearheading lead elements of the 30th "Old Hickory" Division. It was the first good news to come out of the Battle of the Bulge. The 740th tankers rumbled on to crack the famed Siegfried Line twice, in some of the most bitter fighting of the war.
Brothers In Arms: The Epic Story of the 761St Tank Battalion, WWII's Forgotten Heroes
A powerful wartime saga in the bestselling tradition of Flags of Our Fathers, BROTHERS IN ARMS recounts the extraordinary story of the 761st “Black Panthers,” the first all-black armored unit to see combat in World War II. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar first learned about the battalion from family friend Leonard “Smitty” Smith, a veteran of the battalion. Working with acclaimed writer Anthony Walton, Abdul-Jabbar interviewed the surviving members of the battalion and their descendants to weave together a page-turning narrative based on their memories and stories, from basic training through the horrors on the battlefield to their postwar experiences in a racially divided America.Trained essentially as a public relations gesture to maintain the support of the black community for the war, the battalion was never intended to see battle. In fact, General Patton originally opposed their deployment, claiming African Americans couldn’t think quickly enough to operate tanks in combat conditions. But the Allies were so desperate for trained tank personnel in the summer of 1944, following heavy casualties in the fields of France, that the battalion was called up.While most combat troops fought on the front for a week or two before being rotated back, the men of the 761st served for more th...
The 75th Ranger Regiment is the U.S. Army's premier raid force, with specialized skills that enable them to perform a variety of missions. These include direct action, airfield seizure, airborne and air assaults, special reconnaissance, personnel recovery, and high-value target raids. The 75th has been conducting extensive counterterrorism operations throughout the war on terror.
Patton's Panthers: The African-American 761st Tank Battalion In World War II
On the battlefields of World War II, the men of the African-American 761st Tank Battalion under General Patton broke through enemy lines with the same courage with which they broke down the racist limitations set upon them by others -- proving themselves as tough, reliable, and determined to fight as any tank unit in combat. Beginning in November 1944, they engaged the enemy for 183 straight days, spearheading many of Patton's offensives at the Battle of the Bulge and in six European countries. No other unit fought for so long and so hard without respite. The 761st defeated more than 6,000 enemy soldiers, captured thirty towns, liberated Jews from concentration camps -- and made history as the first African-American armored unit to enter the war. This is the true story of the Black Panthers, who proudly lived up to their motto (Come Out Fighting) and paved the way for African-Americans in the U.S. military -- while battling against the skepticism and racism of the very people they fought for.
The 758th Tank Battalion in World War II: The U.s. Army’s First All African American Tank Unit
In 1941, the U.S. Army activated the 758th Tank Battalion, the first all-black armored unit. By December 1944 they were fighting the Axis in Northern Italy, from the Ligurian Sea through the Po Valley and into the Apennine Mountains, where they helped breach the Gothic Line--the Germans' last major defensive line of the Italian Campaign. After the war the 758th was deactivated but was reformed as the 64th Tank Battalion, keeping their distinguished insignia, a tusked elephant head over the motto "We Pierce." They entered the Korean War still segregated but returned fully integrated (though discrimination continued internally). Through the years, they fought with almost every American tank--the Stuart, the Sherman, the Pershing, the Patton and today's Abrams. Victorious over two fascist (and racist) regimes, many black servicemen returned home to what they hoped would be a more tolerant nation. Most were bitterly disappointed--segregation was still the law of the land. For many, disappointment became a determination to fight discrimination with the same resolve that had defeated the Axis.
US Tank and Tank Destroyer Battalions in the ETO 1944-45 (Battle Orders)
Overshadowed by the United States Army's armored divisions, the separate tank and tank destroyer battalions had the difficult mission of providing armored support for US infantry divisions in the 1944–45 campaigns. This book details the organizational structures and deployment of these units: the standard tank battalions, tank battalions (light), tank battalions (mine exploder) and tank battalions (special), self-propelled and towed tank destroyer battalions. It also covers the tactics used by these units in their attempts to assist the infantry, as well as providing a listing of all the battalions that took part in the Northwest Europe campaign.
712th Tank Battalion - WWII A Calvary Officer's Journey as Mortar Platoon Leader. Photo and Document History.
The purpose of this book is to make available the collection of photos, documents and memorabilia for those having an interest in World War II to include surviving 712th members and descendant families whose ancestors appear in this collection. This collection was found in the records of Oral Wesley Boyer after his death in 1990. Boyer was drafted in 1942 to serve in the armed forces of the United States fighting World War II.Boyer spent most of his service with the 712th Tank Battalion. He was the officer in charge of the 712th Mortar Platoon. Some of the photos capture his assignment as a Calvary officer who trained on mortars at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. He helped write and publish the history of the 712th after the war. That history is an excellent recitation of the battalion’s war history.
40th Tank Battalion: December 1944: Combat Interviews & Related Records
One of the most historically useful decisions made during World War II was to create Information and Historical (I & H) units to conduct combat interviews of survivors shortly after actual events. The 110 or so combat interviews of the 7th Armored Division are preserved at the National Archives in Record Group 407 (Adjutant General). This book contains eight Battle of the Bulge combat interviews and the December 1944 After Action Report and Morning Reports of 40th Tank Battalion in the Battle of the Bulge.
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THE REINFORCED TANK BATTALION IN THE ATTACK U.S. ARMY TRAINING FILM 23784
This 1947 U.S. Army training film deals with the staging of tank battalions and shows a re-enactment of the U.S. 50th Tank Battalion preparing for battle. The film was made just after World War II and features many battle scenes and explosions. Some real. Some staged. The job of the 50th is to knock out a German communications center.
At time code 3:27 we see a flash back of the general briefing session the day before the attack begins. Lots of Generals and Colonels talking to troops, writin...