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Armored Thunderbolt
The U.S. Army Sherman
in World War II

Author(s)Steven Zaloga
Language(s)English text
Format: Hardcover, 8" x 10"
Pages: 384 pages
Photos: 400 B+W wartime photos
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 978-0811704243

Item No. SP-4243Price: $34.95

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Some tank crews referred to the American M4 Sherman tank as a "death trap." Others, like Gen. George Patton, believed that the Sherman helped win World War II. So which was it: death trap or war winner? Armor expert Steven Zaloga answers that question by recounting the Sherman's combat history. Focusing on Northwest Europe (but also including a chapter on the Pacific), the author follows the Sherman into action on D-Day, among the Normandy hedgerows, during Patton's race across France, in the great tank battle at Arracourt in September 1944, at the Battle of the Bulge, across the Rhine, and in the Ruhr pocket in 1945.

The book itself has many features:

  • Hundreds of photos, including many never published before
  • Riveting accounts of armored warfare in World War II
  • Compares the Sherman to other tanks, including the Panther and Tiger tank

Also available from this publisher:

Armored Attack 1944: U.S. Army Tank Combat in the European Theater from D-Day to the Battle of the Bulge Armored Victory 1945: U.S. Army Tank Combat in the European Theater from the Battle of the Bulge to Germany's Surrender

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