US Army Tank Crewman 1941–45

European Theater of Operations (ETO) 1944–45

US Army Tank Crewman 1941–45 cover

US Army Tank Crewman 1941–45

European Theater of Operations (ETO) 1944–45


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.

Table of Contents

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

Product details

Published Jun 24 2004
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781841765549
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 58 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 78
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Steven J. Zaloga

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from U…


Howard Gerrard

Howard Gerrard studied at the Wallasey School of A…


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