US Amphibious Tanks of World War II

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US Amphibious Tanks of World War II

Format:  Paperback,

48 pages

Publisher: Osprey Pub Co

Publish Date: Aug 2012

ISBN-13: 9781849086363

ISBN-10: 1849086362

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The advent of combined arms operations in World War II created the need for specialized armored vehicles. In the case of amphibious attacks, the issue arose of how best to land tanks on a beach. Although a variety of specialized landing craft were developed, the Dieppe raid in 1942 encouraged the development of tanks that could be deployed from further off-shore to limit the vulnerability of the LCT craft. The deep-wading equipment that they developed was first used during Operation Husky on Sicily in July 1943, and subsequently for Operations Avalanche (Salerno, September 1943), Shingle (Anzio, January 1944) and Overlord (Normandy, June 1944). The US-manufactured DD tanks were used during Overlord by both US and British forces, and again in 1945 during the Rhine crossings. Initially, developments in the Pacific Theater were separate from those in Europe. The Marines learned from the Tarawa landings in 1943 that unprepared tanks could not be safely landed even in shallow water. DD tanks were never seriously considered for the Pacific, so other solutions were sought. A detailed study of specialized US amphibious tanks, this is a title that will appeal to those interested in both Pacific and European Theaters, modellers and collectors.

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Publisher: Osprey Pub Co
Publish Date: Aug 2012
ISBN-13: 9781849086363
ISBN-10: 1849086362
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 48
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.35
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.5 x 10.25 x 0.25

Chapter outline

Introduction
Early American Amphibious Tanks
Operation Torch
Operation Husky
Operation Overlord
The Duplex Drive Tank
Other Specialized Amphibious Tanks for D-Day
The D-Day Assault
Utah Beach
Operation Dragoon
Pacific Theater of Operations
The Ritchie Project
The T6 Device at Okinawa
River-Crossing Tanks
Further Reading
Index

Book description

The advent of combined arms operations in World War II created the need for specialized armored vehicles. In the case of amphibious attacks, the issue arose of how best to land tanks on a beach. Although a variety of specialized landing craft were developed, the Dieppe raid in 1942 encouraged the development of tanks that could be deployed from further off-shore to limit the vulnerability of the LCT craft. The deep-wading equipment that they developed was first used during Operation Husky on Sicily in July 1943, and subsequently for Operations Avalanche (Salerno, September 1943), Shingle (Anzio, January 1944) and Overlord (Normandy, June 1944). The US-manufactured DD tanks were used during Overlord by both US and British forces, and again in 1945 during the Rhine crossings.

Initially, developments in the Pacific Theater were separate from those in Europe. The Marines learned from the Tarawa landings in 1943 that unprepared tanks could not be safely landed even in shallow water. DD tanks were never seriously considered for the Pacific, so other solutions were sought. A detailed study of specialized US amphibious tanks, this is a title that will appeal to those interested in both Pacific and European Theaters, modellers and collectors.

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