Book Review: Allied Armor in Normandy

In this video we review the new book Allied Armor in Normandy  This book is part of the Casemate Illustrated series and is written by Yves Buffetaut.

Publisher’s Description:

Tanks were the beasts of the Second World War, machines designed to destroy anything and anyone in their path. Throughout the summer of 1944, the Allied forces readily employed tanks and armored vehicles to gain ground in the bloody campaign of Normandy. Heavily armed, they provided a kind of support which no number of infantrymen could offer, battling their way through enemy lines with their guns blazing. From the US 2nd Armored Division named ‘Hell on Wheels’ to the British ‘Achilles’ tank, the encounters they had in battle were explosive.

This volume of the Casemate Illustrated series explores the Normandy invasion from the perspective of the Allied Armored divisions, looking at how armored vehicles played a central role in the many battles that took place. It includes over 40 profiles of tanks and armored vehicles, from the American Sherman and Stuart tanks to the bulldozers and amphibious vehicles designed for the beach.

With detailed diagrams and many photos illustrating the composition of the Allied armored divisions and tank regiments present at Normandy, this volume explains the crucial part played by tanks in gaining a foothold in Normandy after the D-Day landings, as well as the significance of many other types of armored vehicles.

The Chieftain’s Hatch at Rock Island Arsenal

Here are a couple video’s from The Chieftain made at the Rock Island Arsenal.

 

Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch: Crusader

World of Tank’s Nicholas “The Chieftain” Moran takes a look at a late model Crusader tank armed with a 6 pounder gun.

 

Video: The Tanks of World War II: Renault FT

We start off the first of our episodes on the French campaign of 1940 with this look at the French Renault FT.  A veteran of the Great War, this early tank model soldiered on into World War II, albeit in a limited role due to it’s age.

Recommended book titles on the Renault FT

Daily Rant #3 The IS-III

In today’s daily rant we make a few corrections on the recent Tank Chat video on the Soviet IS-III Heavy Tank. We do greatly enjoy the Tank Chat series and have much respect for the good work that the Tank Museum does in preserving and educating the public about historic AFVs.

Daily Rant #2 Why the Stug?

In this daily rant episode we take issue with a point made in a recent video from Lindybeige on the StuG III.

The Tank Museum: Tank Chats #54 JS III

The latest video from The Tank Museum’s Tank Chat series featuring museum curator David Willey examining the IS III tank.