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Us Armored Divisions : The European Theater of Operations, 1944-45 - Steven Zaloga

Us Armored Divisions

The European Theater of Operations, 1944-45

Paperback Published: 25th March 2004
ISBN: 9781841765648
Number Of Pages: 96

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The armored divisions were the shock force of the US Army's combat formations during the fighting in Northwest Europe in the final year of the war. Of the 16 such divisions formed during the war, all but one served in the European Theater of Operations. This book examines the organizational structure, operational doctrine and combat mission of these divisions from D-Day onwards, describing how doctrines and tactics were changed as the divisions were forced to adapt to the battlefield realities of combat against an experienced foe. The lessons drawn by the armored divisions from the bitter fighting in Northwest Europe from 1944 to 1945 strongly shaped postwar US Army doctrine.

Introductionp. 4
Combat missionp. 6
Preparation for war: doctrine and trainingp. 10
Unit organizationp. 17
Headquarters
Combat commands
Combat arms
Supporting arms
Divisional attachments
Division comparison
Command, control, communication and intelligencep. 46
Tacticsp. 49
Offensive operations in the enemy rear
Breakthrough
Seizing key terrain
Regaining the initiative
Restoring the initiative
Overcoming an unprepared defense
Attack on a prepared position
Attacks on enemy armored units
Counterattacks and delaying actions
Small unit tactics
Lessons learned
Unit Statusp. 76
Armored Division "Hell on Wheels"
Armored Division "Spearhead"
Armored Division
Armored Division "Victory"
Armored Division "Super Sixth"
Armored Division "Lucky Seventh"
Armored Division "Thundering Herd"
Armored Division "Phantom"
Armored Division "Tiger"
Armored Division "Thunderbolt"
Armored Division "Hellcats"
Armored Division "The Black Cats"
Armored Division "Liberator"
Armored Division
Armored Division
Bibliographyp. 93
Indexp. 95
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ISBN: 9781841765648
ISBN-10: 1841765643
Series: Battle Orders S.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 25th March 2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 17.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.31