The entry of the U.S. into World War II provided the Allies with the industrial might to finally take the war to German and Japanese forces across the world. Central to this was the focus of the American military industrial complex on the manufacture of tanks and armored fighting vehicles. Between 1939 and 1945, there were 88,140 tanks and 18,620 other armored vehicles built almost twice the number that Germany and Great Britain combined were able to supply.
In this lavishly illustrated volume, armor expert Michael Green examines the dizzying array of machinery fielded by the US Army, from the famed M4 Sherman, M3 Stuart, and M3 Lee through to the half-tracks, armored cars, self-propelled artillery, tank destroyers, armored recovery vehicles, and tracked landing vehicles that provided the armored fist that the Allies needed to break Axis resistance in Europe and the Pacific.
Publishing in paperback for the first time and packed with historical and contemporary color photography, this encyclopedic study details the design, development, and construction of these vehicles, their deployment in battle, and the impact that they had on the outcome of the war.
About the Author
Michael Green is a freelance writer, researcher, and photographer. He specializes in military subjects and has authored and co-authored more than 90 books. His books have been translated into a number of languages, including German, Japanese, and Georgian. In addition, Green has authored and co-authored numerous articles for a variety of national and international military-related magazines including Armor: The Magazine of Mobile Warfare, and Jane's Defense Weekly. Green is a lifetime member of the Marine Corps Tanker's Association and a tour guide at the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation.
"Michael Green has provided an excellent go-to resource at a very competitive price for this comprehensive subject. His particular style, and the organization of the book make it an enjoyable read cover to cover. I highly recommend this book to any armor enthusiast interested in creating a well-stocked library, and I look forward to Mr. Green's next release." - IPMS / USA
"...if you're seeking a one-volume precis on American WWII armor, grab Michael Green's compact compendium Recommended!" - Cybermodeler Online