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.

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.

 

M3 versus Sd.Kfz. 251

We had a little extra time in the recording studio last week so we did an impromptu piece on the M3 vs the “Hanomag” half-tracks.

Tanks of World War II – Episode 4: Panzer II

Here is episode four of our video series The Tanks of World War II.  This episode finishes up our look at the Polish Campaign of 1939 and examines the German Panzer II and it’s variants.

Military History Not Visualized on Halftracks

Over at the Military History Not Visualized youtube channel, they take a look at the question of why halftracks fell out of favor after World War II?

Tank Chats #52 and #53, Sherman Crab and Matilda CDL

Here are a couple new Tank Chats videos from the Tank Museum at Bovington featuring tank historian and author David Fletcher.


Tanks of World War II – Episode 3: 7TP

Here is episode three of The Tanks of World War II video series.  This one looks at the Polish 7TP.  We hope you enjoy it.