American Knights

The Untold Story of the Men of the Legendary 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion

American Knights cover

American Knights

The Untold Story of the Men of the Legendary 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion


As the war began to swing in the favor of the Allies, it became clear that no final defeat of the Third Reich would be possible until the armored monsters of the Panzerwaffe were defeated. But who would, or even could, take on the mighty Tigers and Panthers, just a handful of which could stop entire formations in their tracks? The answer lay with the formation of a new type of unit, the Tank Destroyer Battalion.

This is the story of the men and machines that made up the very first Tank Destroyer Battalion, the 601st, from their unique training and formation, to the final, desperate battles in the heart of Nazi Germany.

Packed with rare material, letters, diaries, and photographs, this is an intense and intimate chronicle of the men who fought the Panzers in an astonishing 10 campaigns and 546 days of lethal combat.

Table of Contents


Seek, Strike and Destroy
North Africa
Vindication in North Africa
Italian mud!
Stalemate at Cassino
Anzio “Easy at first but tough as hell now”
Push Them Back into the Sea
World War One All Over Again
Breakout for Rome
Here We Go Again – Training for the Forgotten D-Day
France isn't Italy
Conquerors of the Vosges
The Other Battle of the Bulge
Germany at Last
It Finally Ends


Product details

Published May 22 2018
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 448
ISBN 9781472824875
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 24pp plate section in colour and black and white.
Dimensions 198 x 129 mm
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Victor Failmezger

Victor "Tory" Failmezger is a retired US Naval Off…


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