Men of Armor: The History of B Company, 756th Tank Battalion in World War II

Part Two: Cassino and Rome

Jeff Danby

Detailed narrative of the tankers of B Company, 756th Tank Battalion, from the attacks on Cassino through to the battle of Rome.
Date Published :
April 2022
Publisher :
Casemate
Illustration :
60 photographs, 15 maps, plus graphics
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781636240152
Pages : 384
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order
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$37.95

Overview
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A detailed narrative of the 756th Tank Battalion of B Company from the attacks on Cassino through to the battle of Rome based on 20 years of research illustrated with over sixty mostly unpublished photos.

This second volume follows on from the first in recounting the WWII history of B Company, 756th Tank Battalion in vivid detail. The outfit, since upgraded from M5 light tanks to M4 ‘Sherman’ mediums, claws through some of the toughest battles of WWII—from a horrific stalemate at Cassino in February 1944, through the bloody Operation Diadem May breakout, to the stunning capture of Rome on 4 June 1944.

This unique multi-volume history covers the full spectrum of experiences of the men in one tank company from inception in June 1941 through the occupation of Germany in 1945. An American tank company in WWII consisted of only five officers and approximately 100 enlisted men—all living, traveling and fighting in seventeen tanks, two jeeps, one truck, one half-track and one tank retriever. Uniting the official record with the rich, personal accounts of the participants, the reader is swept along a highly detailed and shocking journey chronicling the evolution of American armor doctrine and tank design from June 1941 through VE Day.

The B Company tankers often fought at a disadvantage—struggling to survive a myriad of battlefield challenges and triumph against enemy armor better armed and better protected. What was once envisioned as a warfare of sweeping armored formations managed by West Point lieutenant colonels and ROTC captains quickly devolved into small unit street fights relying more and more on the initiative, resourcefulness and cunning of lowly OCS lieutenants and combat-seasoned sergeants. The journey is long, unforgiving and brutal, and 47 tankers would be lost along the way.

About The Author
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Jeff Danby was born in Pontiac, Michigan. As the son of a high school history teacher, Jeff grew up in a house full of books—which he read voraciously. He went on to get a B.A. Degree in History (with Honors) from DePaul University with a concentration in 20th Century America. Jeff currently lives in Granville, Ohio, with his wife Melinda and three children. He is an active member of the 756th Tank Battalion Association and maintains the organization's website. He also maintains memberships in the Society of Third Infantry Division, and the 15th Infantry Regiment Association.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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The Story Thus Far

1: Cassino, First Attack
2: Cassino, Second Attack
3: The Big Push
4: The Jail
5: Exhaustion
6: A Monumental Tragedy
7: Relief
8: Retrospection
9: Regroup
10: Custermen
11: Cracking the Gustav
12: Bursting Through
13: Living the War with the French
14: Stealing Rome
15: Chase North
16: Respite

Appendices
Bibliography
Endnotes
Index

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