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The tank killers [electronic resource] / Harry Yeide.

Yeide, Harry. (Author). Souer, Bob. (Added Author). hoopla digital. (Added Author). Read by Bob Souer. (Cast).
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  • ISBN: 9781977390110 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
  • ISBN: 1977390110 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 audio file (9hr., 24 min.)) : digital.
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Audio, 2018.
  • Distributor: Made available through hoopla

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Restrictions on Access Note:
Digital content provided by hoopla.
Participant or Performer Note:
Read by Bob Souer.
Summary, etc.:
The Tank Killers is the story of the American Tank Destroyer Force in North Africa, Italy, and the European Theater during World War II. The tank destroyer (TD) was a bold-if some would say flawed-answer to the challenge posed by the seemingly unstoppable German blitzkrieg. The TD was conceived to be light and fast enough to outmaneuver panzer forces and go where tanks could not. At the same time, the TD would wield the firepower needed to kill any German tank on the battlefield. Indeed, American doctrine stipulated that TDs would fight tanks, while American tanks would concentrate on achieving and exploiting breakthroughs of enemy lines. The Tank Killers follows the men who fought in the TDs from the formation of the force in 1941 through the victory over the Third Reich in 1945. It is a story of American flexibility and pragmatism in military affairs. Tankdestroyers were among the very first units to land in North Africa in 1942. Their first vehicles were ad hoc affairs: Halftracks and weapons carriers with guns no better than those on tanks and thin armor affording the crews considerably less protection. Almost immediately, the crews realized that their doctrine was incomplete. They began adapting to circumstances, along with their partners in the infantry and armored divisions.
System Details Note:
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject: United States. Army.
World War, 1939-1945 > Tank warfare.
World War, 1939-1945 > Campaigns > Africa, North.
World War, 1939-1945 > Personal narratives, American.
World War, 1939-1945 > Campaigns > Europe.

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