Tanks in Hell

This study of a specific Sherman M4A2 tank company (Charlie Company, 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division) uses official documents, memoirs, interviews with veterans as well as personal and aerial photographs to follow Charlie Company ...

Author: Oscar E. Gilbert

Publisher: Casemate

ISBN: 1612003036

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In May 1943 a self-described "really young, green, ignorant lieutenant" assumed command of a new Marine Corps company. His even younger enlisted Marines were learning to use an untested weapon, the M4A2 "Sherman" medium tank. His sole combat veteran was the company bugler, who had salvaged his dress cap and battered horn from a sinking aircraft carrier. Just six months later the company would be thrown into one of the ghastliest battles of World War II. On 20 November 1943 the Second Marine Division launched the first amphibious assault of the Pacific War, directly into the teeth of powerful Japanese defenses on Tarawa. In that blood-soaked invasion, a single company of Sherman tanks, of which only two survived, played a pivotal role in turning the tide from looming disaster to legendary victory. In this unique study Oscar Gilbert and Romain Cansiere use official documents, memoirs, interviews with veterans, as well as personal and aerial photographs to follow Charlie Company from its formation, and trace the movement, action--and loss--of individual tanks in this horrific four-day struggle. The authors have used official documents and interviews with veterans to follow the company from training through the brutal 76-hour struggle for Tarawa. Survivor accounts and air photo analysis document the movements -and destruction - of the company's individual tanks. It is a story of escapes from drowning tanks, and even more harrowing escapes from tanks knocked out behind Japanese lines. It is a story of men doing whatever needed to be done, from burying the dead to hand-carrying heavy cannon ammunition forward under fire. It is the story of how the two surviving tanks and their crews expanded a perilously thin beachhead, and cleared the way for critical reinforcements to come ashore. But most of all it is a story of how a few unsung Marines helped turn near disaster into epic victory. REVIEWS ... unique study describes the battle of Tarawa as you've never seen it: from the tankers point of view... Tanks on Tarawa

Tanks in Hell

A Marine Corps Tank Company on Tarawa Oscar E. Gilbert. RED BEACH TWO At 0700hours, 1/8 attacked to the west, into the teeth of The Pocket, in yet another attempt to eliminate that hellhole. They were supported by five light tanks from ...

Author: Oscar E. Gilbert

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504021715

Category: History

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An extraordinary slice of untold WWII history: how unproven Marines driving untested Sherman tanks turned the tide against Japan in the Battle of Tarawa. In May 1943, a self-described “really young, green, ignorant lieutenant” assumed command of a new US Marine Corps company. His even younger Marines were learning to operate an untested weapon, the M4A2 “Sherman” medium tank. Just six months later, the company would be thrown into one of the ghastliest battles of World War II. On November 20, 1943, the 2nd Marine Division launched the first amphibious assault of the Pacific War, directly into the powerful Japanese defenses on the atoll of Tarawa. In that blood-soaked invasion, a single company of Sherman tanks—of which only two survived—played a pivotal role in achieving a legendary victory. In this fascinating study, Oscar E. Gilbert and Romain V. Cansiere use official documents, memoirs, and interviews with veterans, as well as personal and aerial photographs, to follow Charlie Company from its formation. Tracing the movement, action, and fall of individual tanks, Tanks in Hell offers “a personal, beach-level view of the Marine island campaign” (Marine Corps History).

To Hell with Tanks

This book follows on from the books Tank and Tanks, Advance and looks at the bitter tank battles among the Dutch canals.

Author: Ken Tout

Publisher:

ISBN: 0709048106

Category: Ardennes, Battle of the, 1944-1945

Page: 203

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This book follows on from the books Tank and Tanks, Advance and looks at the bitter tank battles among the Dutch canals.

Tanks

The book provides context for contemporary tank operations and offers a perspective on the way ahead.” —Military Review

Author: Oscar E. Gilbert

Publisher: Casemate

ISBN: 9781612004914

Category: History

Page: 160

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“For all the history buffs on warfare of the last century, Tanks is a perfect choice . . . packed with fascinating information” (San Francisco Book Review). This Casemate Short History—by the authors of Tanks in Hell: A Marine Corps Tank Company on Tarawa—provides an informative and entertaining introduction to this iconic weapon of the last hundred years. Tanks first ventured into battle on the Somme in 1916, and by the end of the war, countries were beginning to choose “heavy” or “light” tank designs to suit their preferred doctrine. Design then stagnated until World War II brought about rapid change. Tanks would prove integral to fighting in almost every theater; the Germans swept across Europe using tanks to spearhead their blitzkrieg method of war, until Soviet tanks proved more than their match and led to some epic tank battles on a huge scale. After World War II, tank designs became increasingly sophisticated and armor undertook a variety of roles in conflicts, with mixed results. American armor in Korea was soon forced into an infantry support role, which it reprised in Vietnam, while Soviet armor was defeated in guerrilla warfare in Afghanistan. However, tanks played a pivotal role in the American “shock and awe” doctrine in two wars in Iraq, and tanks remain a crucial weapons system on the battlefield. “Comprehensive despite its conciseness. For example, it addresses the employment of tanks in lesser-known conflicts such as the Indio-Pakistani and Sino-Vietnamese wars. The book provides context for contemporary tank operations and offers a perspective on the way ahead.” —Military Review

USMC M4A2 Sherman vs Japanese Type 95 Ha Go

The different national tank doctrines of the United States and Imperial Japan resulted in a terrible mismatch of the predominant tank types in the crucial Central Pacific campaign.

Author: Romain Cansière

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472840127

Category: History

Page: 80

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The different national tank doctrines of the United States and Imperial Japan resulted in a terrible mismatch of the predominant tank types in the crucial Central Pacific campaign. A flawed Japanese doctrine emphasized light infantry support tanks, often used in small numbers. Tactically, tanks were often frittered away in armored versions of the familiar banzai attacks. Meanwhile, the Americans saw the tank as an infantry support weapon, but developed a more systematic tactical doctrine. They settled upon a larger medium tank – in the case of most Marine Corps tank battalions, the diesel-powered M4A2 (unwanted by the US Army). This superbly detailed title reveals how both the two sides' tactical and technical differences in the approach to armored warfare soon became apparent over a series of deadly engagements, from the first tank fight at the battle of Tarawa in November 1943, through to engagements on Parry Island, Saipan, and Guam, before ending with Peleliu in September 1944.

Magazine Abstracts

The U.S. has some advantage in the tank line because of its - pre - eminence in automotive and rail - eqiupment manufacture , " Tanks -- Modern ' Hell -- Buggies ' Masters in Land Warfare " in Pathfinder , May 24 , p.3 : It was not ...

Author: United States. Office of War Information. Bureau of Intelligence

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951D03758452L

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The Campaign on New Britain

Steps in this direction had been taken in previous operations , notably the Central Solomons and Bougainville , but it remained for the Cape Gloucester fighting to prove the tank decisive : at Hell's Point , Suicide Creek , and in the ...

Author: United States. Marine Corps

Publisher:

ISBN: UIUC:30112000503174

Category: New Britain Island (Papua New Guinea)

Page: 220

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"Positions of the First Marine Division (Less Combat Team A), 27 December 1943", 1:50270, 25 x 43 cm - "Drive to the Southeast (I). Suicide Creek", 1:27420, 25 x 25 cm - "Drive to the Southeast (II). Aogiri Ridge and Hill 660", 1:36560, 25 x 25 cm - "Patrols Eastward to Iboki", 1:080450, 25 x 110 cm, (s/h) - "Willaumez Peninsula. Talasea Operations. 6 Mar 44 - 9 Mar 44", 1:80450, 25 x 28 cm - "Patrols of The 5th Marines. 10 March-25 april 1944", målestoksforhold ca. 1:4022500, 25 x 22 cm - "Japanese Withdrawal Routes (Approximate)", 1:7240500, 25 x 23 cm.

Men of Iron

“The tanks kept going right down toward Butgenbach itself, attacked the 2nd Battalion CP Lt. Col. ... All hell had broken loose and I was more afraid of our own artillery, mortars, and anti—tank guns than the Germans.

Author: Rocco (Rocky) Moretto

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781465387882

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 189

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Men of Iron weaves together a combat medics recollections of duty, survival, sacrifi ce and the unique camaraderie forged at frontlines of World War II. The narration encapsulates poignant vignettes from men who served with the highly-decorated 26th Infantry Regiment or the Blue Spaders, illustrating their enduring creed and legacy - No Mission Too Diffi cult, No Sacrifi ce Too Great- Duty First!

Through Hell s Gate to Shanghai

About an hour and forty-five minutes out I started to change gas tanks — at that moment the left engine cut out — I put on the boosters and changed both tanks while the crew chief pulled out the crossfeed. I then ordered the barrels ...

Author: John G. Martin

Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89059463729

Category: World War, 1939-1945

Page: 196

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Airman

... and yellow Two Air Force fighters were soon There would be jets against tanks , " Hell on Wheels " divisional patch making strafing runs over the area . foot soldiers against mechanized had been seen in Europe .

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: OSU:32435029888393

Category: Aeronautics

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Remembering Korea 1950 1953

Epps then instructed Talarico to back the tank up slowly. I don't believe we went back any more than 50 feet, when all a sudden, I felt a hell of a strong jolt and the tank rocked like it was about to turn over...thank God it didn't.

Author: Dennis J Ottley

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing

ISBN: 9781480961791

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 264

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Remembering (Korea: 1950-1953) By Dennis J. Ottley Remembering (Korea: 1950-1953) is the author’s memoir. This book describes his involvement in Korea during the Korean War and points out the reasoning behind the conflict. Over the years, the Korean War has been considered “The Forgotten War” by many. At one time, President Harry S. Truman referred to it as a “Police Action,” but 5,720,000 Americans who served in Korean have never forgotten what it was about and that it was much more than just a “Police Action.” They understand that it was an all-out war, and one of the bloodiest in American history. It involved over 20 countries of the United Nations that joined with the United States to save the South Koreans from annihilation and the tyranny of the communist countries, such as Russia and North Korea. On July 27, 1953, an armistice was signed and today South Korea remains as a free nation and one of the strongest and wealthiest countries in Asia. This book is to help Americans understand what the war was all about and describe one soldier’s experience and opinion of the conflict.

Yardarm and Cockpit

I hadn't seen Wilhelm switch to our auxiliary tanks but what the hell. I wasjust a co-pilot and why in hell should the captain of the Queenair keep his lowly co-pilot informed as to what the hell is going on in his cockpit.

Author: David D. Allyn

Publisher: Sunstone Press

ISBN: 9781611392081

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 410

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David D. Allyn has led a life that others can only dream about. Adventurer, traveler, sailor, aviator, explorer, and big-hearted bon vivant, Dave came of age while sailing around the world on the last voyage of the tall Brigantine Yankee with all the accompanying tales of drudgery and heat punctuated by terrifying gales, tension amongst the crew members, and a too-close encounter with a one-thousand-pound bull shark. Then there was the time he survived emergency surgery on the ship’s kitchen table. An adrenaline junky, Dave also flew planes back in the days when you needed a helmet and goggles to do it. Aviators and historians will delight in his vivid accounts of flying vintage aircraft—139 different types in all, as well as his stories of collecting a large fleet of famous old aircraft and establishing a fixed base operation—it’s still there: Dolphin Aviation in Sarasota, Florida—and a museum. These stories aren’t just about boats and aircraft, however, they’re also about people and pristine landscapes. You’ll visit Tahiti, Bimini, and the Galapagos before tourists got there. You’ll meet cowboys, mechanics, skydivers, artists, deep-sea divers with a death wish, crazy drunks, and a host of other characters who knew how to live life large. A life-affirming, swaggering book, Yardarm and Cockpit is one wild ride without a seat belt.

Men and Tanks

We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Author: J. C. Macintosh

Publisher: Wright Press

ISBN: 9781444619232

Category: History

Page: 152

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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Tanks

Two miles of American front had gone dead. And on two lone infantrymen, lost in the menace of the fog-gas and the tanks, depended the outcome of the war of 1932.

Author: Murray Leinster

Publisher: eStar Books

ISBN: 1612101070

Category: Fiction

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Two miles of American front had gone dead. And on two lone infantrymen, lost in the menace of the fog-gas and the tanks, depended the outcome of the war of 1932.

Praying for Slack A Marine Corps Tank Commander in Viet Nam

For a split second , it startled the hell out of me until I looked down and did a double take . Right below me , passing us by , was a set of wheels that looked exactly like the roadwheels off a tank . “ Where the hell did they come ...

Author: Robert E. Peavey

Publisher:

ISBN: 161673745X

Category: History

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Two different wars were fought in Vietnam, the jungle-and-booby-trap one down south, and the WWII-like one up on the DMZ. "I was one of a handful whose Vietnam tour was evenly split between the First and Third Marine Divisions, and saw, firsthand, the difference 170 miles could make during the war's bloodiest year." Corporal Robert Peavey was a tank commander in I Corps (Eye Corps) on the DMZ when LBJ ordered a bombing halt over the North. His compelling first-hand account chronicles operations just south of the 'Z, operations that most Vietnam War histories have completely ignored. Peavey offers detailed, understandable explanations of combat strategy, strengths and shortcomings of standard-issue armament, and inter-service rivalries.

Firefighters

That's a complex of storage tanks holding fuel for various consignees, part of the delivery setup. They had about a hundred thousand ... Now we had a fire under a tank, and the hell with the warehouse. We had to keep that tank from ...

Author: Dennis Smith

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 9780307484901

Category: Law

Page: 352

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An unforgettable journey through the daily lives of the brave men and women who have made saving lives their profession. Dennis Smith, author of Report from Engine Co. 82, traveled across the country talking to dozens of America’s firefighters to put together this powerful collection of their own descriptions of their most dramatic and intense experiences on the job. Their stories, compiled here, are timeless testimonies to the human capacity for heroism and nobility. Focusing on the most courageous firefighters, from those who have been decorated for heroism to those who have been seriously injured, Firefighters presents the extraordinarily rich and rugged voices of men and women who fight urban building fires, who battle sweeping forest fires, who perform emergency rescues, and who face extreme danger and risk as part of their everyday lives. Sometimes brave, sometimes funny, sometimes bittersweet or filled with anger, these voices combine to make Firefighters both a riveting adventure drama and a moving chronicle of American heroism at its finest.

Armor

So I would emphasize that it can transcend oceans and arrive tanks whose detailed armor thickthe fleeting air - type tank would be in time to ... In nuclear combat , if the rim The armored personnel carrier is of hell is to be inhabited ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89065748915

Category: Armored vehicles, Military

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The Marine Corps Tanks Collection

“Together these books provide the definitive history of the USMC’s tank forces .

Author: Oscar E. Gilbert

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504055956

Category: History

Page: 2390

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“Together these books provide the definitive history of the USMC’s tank forces . . . Very highly recommended” (Military Modelcraft International). Marine Corps Tank Battles in Korea: A detailed and gripping account of the little-known Marine tank engagements during the Korean War, from the valiant defense at Pusan and the bitter battles of the Chosin Reservoir to the bloody stalemate along the Jamestown Line. Oscar E. Gilbert unfolds the unique role played by tanks in the destruction of the ill-fated Task Force Drysdale, how Marine armor was a key factor in the defense of Hagaru, and how a lone tank made it to Yudamni and then led the breakout across the high Toktong Pass. Marine Corps Tank Battles in Vietnam: In 1965 the large, loud, and highly visible tanks of 3rd Platoon, B Company, 3rd Tank Battalion landed across a beach near Da Nang, drawing unwelcome attention to America’s first, almost covert, commitment of ground troops in South Vietnam. Marine Corps tankers sought out the enemy in the sand dunes, jungles, mountains, paddy fields, tiny villages, and ancient cities of Vietnam, dealing with guerrilla ambushes from the Viet Cong and the long-range artillery capability of the North Vietnamese Army. Marine Corps Tank Battles in the Middle East: In America’s longest continual conflict, armored Marines became entangled in guerrilla war amid the broiling deserts, ancient cities, and rich farmlands of Iraq, and in the high, bleak wastes of Afghanistan. Fighting a fanatical foe who brutalized civilians, planted sophisticated roadside bombs, and seized control of entire cities, the Marine Corps tankers cleared roads, escorted convoys, conducted endless sweep operations to locate and destroy insurgent strongholds, protected voting sites for free elections, and recaptured and rebuilt urban centers, even adding a new trick to their repertoire: long-range surveillance. Tanks in Hell: On November 20, 1943, the 2nd Marine Division launched the first amphibious assault of the Pacific War, directly into the teeth of powerful Japanese defenses on Tarawa. In that blood-soaked invasion, a single company of Sherman tanks, of which only two survived, played a pivotal role in turning the tide from looming disaster to legendary victory.

Get Tank Laid

“Bloody hell!” Tank laughed. “He must be selling a lot of pies. I would have thought with the number we got flying around and pooping everywhere in town, the bloody town's lousy with them. Young Hoppalong mustn't be ...

Author: Warren Steel

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781499000368

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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Welcome to Bullamakanka a small one street Australian country town just south of Sydney often referred to as PPP Pigeon Poop Parade. Where Tank the manager and only employee of the local bowling club who is a virgin and is about to turn 40 years old. His buddies a unique bunch of characters which include a Publican, Pastry cook, Newsagent, Dairy farmer and a Veterinarian merge to conspire in typical Aussie mateship style and aptitude to pool their resources and get Tank laid by fair means or foul which include forming a syndicate to purchase and race a thoroughbred. The hilarious mind boggling, ingenious plots that they concoct prove to be a ribald romp, typical of real-life in a small country town where nothing is sacred.