"American parachutists-devils in baggy pants..." German officer, Italy 1944.
“If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment.” Lord Ernest Rutherford
4/19/2023 2:12:39 PM
A little more info.
The structure of Part One juxtaposes a chapter on Organization, Doctrinal Development, and Development and Production with a following chapter on the actual experience, usually from someone that was there, writing at the time. So Chapter 8: First Blood in the Pacific, is Thomas Dooley's account of the First Provisional Tank Brigade in the Philippines.
However, Chapter 16 and 17 are slightly different.
Chapter 16 looks at the last year of armored operations in Europe and includes a firsthand account by Kenneth Peters of the 5th Armd Div experience in the Hürtgen, a compendium of experience reports from the Ordnance officers of the 12th Army Group Armored Section, and a detailed account of the "Duel at Cologne Cathedral". For the last I was lucky enough to have the leading experts on that action, Danny Fong and Dierk Lürbke, read and corrected my account. I think it is possibly the most accurate account of that fight out there.
Chapter 17 looks exclusively at the armored experience in the Pacific, with a short account of Army and Marine developments including a compendium of the various island battles but I also take a detailed look at the experience of Company C. I Corps Medium Tank Battalion USMC on Tarawa. Again, I was lucky enough to enjoy the support of some of the most knowledgeable historians on the subject, Ken Estes and Romain Cansiere.
5/4/2023 1:17:26 PM
Update - moving to production. Currently at c. 592 pages, 118 tables, and 396 photos and figures. Still slated for a release on the 79th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Bulge.