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.The third platoon was left limbered up and would move forward once the objective was taken to create an anti-tank defense. ... and since many tank destroyer officers were from the artillery branch, there was generally more preparation to carry out these missions. ... I can get the 57s up pretty well, but you can always get self-propelled guns up better than towed ones. ... 3in. battalions to self-propelled battalions as soon as equipment A grim reminder of the human cost of bad doctrine.
|Title||:||US Tank and Tank Destroyer Battalions in the ETO 1944-45|
|Author||:||Steven J Zaloga|
|Publisher||:||Osprey Publishing - 2013-02-20|