Tank Chats #42 Elefant

Tank Museum curator David Willey does a nice job describing the history of the German Elefant tank destroyer.

Book Alert: Nothing Impossible: Memoirs of a United States Cavalryman In World War 2

A new memoir of a WWII armor veteran has been released.  Nothing Impossible: Memoirs of a United States Cavalryman In World War 2 tells the story of the late Wallace Clement who served in the 804th Tank Destroyer Battalion in Italy.  This is a softcover book of 210 pages.

Publisher’s Description:

Merriam Press World War 2 Memoir Series
First Edition 2017

The late Wallace Clement served in three wars, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. A West Point Cadet, he entered the Army as a 2nd Lt. in 1940, rising to the rank of Major in 1944, serving with the 804th Tank Destroyer Battalion in Italy where late in the war he was captured and ended the war as a POW.

He served in the Korean War, as a Lt. Colonel, and in Vietnam as a Brig. General as assistant division commander of the 23rd Americal Division.

He was awarded every medal that a soldier can receive save for the Medal of Honor.

This is his story, written by him, and edited by a good friend, Sean Heuvel, who as a boy listened to Clement tell his tales of his service.

WoT’s Chieftain posts new article: Grenadiers Tank Destroyers

chieftains hatchAt the North American forum for the World of Tanks video game, there is a section called “The Chieftain’s Hatch.”  This is the domain of Nicholas Moran, aka “The Chieftain”, military specialist and North American researcher for World of Tanks.  In the Chieftain’s Hatch section of the forum he regularly posts articles and videos.  The videos generally consist of the Chieftain narrating as he examines a museum tank.  The articles are based on documents he finds in his research digging through the Nation Archives.  It’s fair to say that his videos and articles are some of the best online material out there concerning historical tanks and armored vehicles.  We will be posting links to the Chieftain’s Hatch regularly.

The Chieftain’s newest article concerns a proposal to the Tank Destroyer board during WW2:  [Read more…]