This is a wonderful book written by a cook who served with the 70th Tank Battalion. After attending years of reunions and as an active member in their association he formally interviewed many of the combatants (finally getting many to speak openly of their experiences) and combined these stories with other historical accounts and the formal unit history.
The 70th Tank battalion was an independent armored unit assigned directly to several Infantry divisions and served in that capacity for the entirety of the European conflict, from North Africa to Normandy to Germany. All the major battles are pretty much included. North Africa, Normandy, Mortain, Fallaise, Paris, Huertegan, Bulge and into Germany.
Tank battalions were spread quite thin when assigned to a full Infantry division as their tank support so they engaged in practically daily combat with little rest. Their four companies (3 medium and one light tank company) were scattered and spread throughout the 81 companies of an Infantry division and rarely served as a combined force often being piecemealed down to platoons supporting companies and battalions.
When they faced enemy tanks they were often out numbered which is a huge change from the experiences of full on Armored Divisions.
The book covers tons of specific, detailed accounts of day to day life and minute by minute insight into the life and functioning of armored units from the time.
Great insight, well told. I learned alot and truly enjoyed following their exploits.
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Dracul: It looks like it lost a lot of steam and I now feel bad for randomly dropping off.
Jun 15, 2018 14:58:17 GMT -5
stuka: I mean it's not your fault. It is interesting though that things are falling off as we are finally getting our ww2 guns with the type 38/96 and the enfield as well as it recieving a new loading system, it's kind of unfortunate
Jun 16, 2018 3:30:04 GMT -5
Dracul: I don't know, maybe its because all the guns are becoming available, there is a decreasing need for the forums.
Jun 16, 2018 16:29:26 GMT -5
Dracul: Most of the talk was about making guns, as all the uniform info was already out there, but now the weapons are out there and are usually decent quality.
Jun 16, 2018 16:33:32 GMT -5
stuka: well the forum is and should still be useful for updates on guns, creating groups/events and building kits
Jun 18, 2018 1:33:29 GMT -5
Cpl. Hicks: I haven't been here in years, but I'm glad to see this forum is still kicking! So much great info on here.
Jun 22, 2018 14:00:12 GMT -5
savoy6: anyone know if anyone still carries the enfield?
Jul 15, 2018 18:47:08 GMT -5
Dracul: I think Redwolf has a Enfield. If not or not longer, then not until G&G releases theirs. The old gas Iron Airsoft brand SMLE isn't carried by anyone anymore and was such piece of crap. Not worth trying to track one down.
Jul 19, 2018 5:55:35 GMT -5