United States Army Armored Divisions of the Second World War

Michael Green

The routing of the British and French Armies in May and June 1940 by the Wehrmacht's armored divisions caused a major rethink by the US Army's senior leadership. The result was the formation of the two armored divisions in July 1940; the first named ‘Old Ironside' and second designated ‘Hell on Wheels'.
Date Published :
December 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Images of War
Illustration :
250 color & black and white images
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781526717252
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.5 X 7.5 inches
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$24.95

Overview
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The routing of the British and French Armies in May and June 1940 by the Wehrmacht’s armored divisions caused a major rethink by the US Army’s senior leadership. The result was the formation of the two armored divisions in July 1940; the first named ‘Old Ironside’ and second designated ‘Hell on Wheels’.

In 1941, a further three armored divisions were created; the third (Spearhead), the fourth (remained unnamed) and the fifth called ‘Victory’. The following year seven more were created, the sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth. The final two armored divisions formed in 1943 numbered the sixteenth and twentieth. All but one of these powerful formations went on to see service in the European Theatre of Operation (ETO); the exception being the 1st armored Division that served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy.

These fourteen divisions proved their effectiveness against the Axis forces. In this carefully researched book military historian and much published author Michael Green explains their operational and fighting doctrine. Equipment enthusiasts will appreciate the lavish images and informed captions of the armored fighting vehicles and other equipment employed.

About The Author
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Michael Green is the author of numerous acclaimed books in the Images of War series including Armour in Vietnam, US Navy Aircraft Carriers, US Battleships, The Patton Tank, US Naval Aviation, American Infantry Weapons, MI Abrams Tank, Combat Aircraft of the USAF, Allied Tanks of the Second World War, Allied AFVs of the Second World War, Axis Tanks of the Second World War , Axis AFVs of WW2, US Military Helicopters, and US Cold War Tanks and AFVs.He lives in California.

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