American Knights

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

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As the war began to swing in favour of the Allies, it became clear that no final defeat of the Third Reich would be possible until the armoured 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 Packed with rare material, letters, diaries and previously unpublished photographs, and now available in paperback, this is an intense and intimate chronicle of the men who fought the Panzers in an astonishing 10 campaigns and 546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

Introduction / Foreword / Prologue / 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 / Alsace / The Other Battle of the Bulge / Germany at Last / It Finally Ends / Epilogue / Appendixes / Bibliography

Product details

Published Sep 20 2015
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 352
ISBN 9781472809360
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 24pp plate section in colour and black and white.
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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