Revealing what it was like to live and fight in a medium tank during World War II (1939-1945), this book is structured around the career of a single tanker from 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division. The focus is largely on the crew of an M4 Sherman, though light tank service is also studied. Tank operation required a well- trained and well-coordinated crew. The crew positions and roles of tank commander, gunner, driver, loader, and assistant driver are all covered in detail, together with recruitment procedure, specialist training, and the variety of specialized clothing and personal weaponry.
Introduction . Chronology . Recruitment/Enlistment . Belief and Belonging . Training for Combat . Appearance and Equipment . On Campaign: The Normandy Breakout . On Campaign: The Lorraine Tank Battles . On Campaign: Autumn Mud . On Campaign: Battle of the Bulge . On Campaign: The Rhine Rat Race . Aftermath . Color plate commentary . Museums and Collections . Collecting . Bibliography . Index