Allied Tanks in Normandy 1944
...from Osprey Publishing
Title: Allied Tanks in Normandy 1944
Author: Steven J. Zaloga
Publisher: Osprey Books
Another addition to Osprey's New Vanguard series from one of the best known experts on US Armour of WW2, Steve Zaloga, and number 294 in the series. A 48-page soft-cover book in the normal Osprey style, and with artwork by the very talented Felipe Rodriguez.
The opening chapter sets out the scenario of the campaign, and the differences in terrain, along with the various short-term objectives of the Allies, and not forgetting the deployment of opposing German units facing the different parts of the front. As with the rest of the book, there are plenty of appropriate archive photos and the first examples of the lovely artwork we always expect in an Osprey book. Then it moves on to the differing Doctrine & Organisation of both US and British armies. Following that it covers the Technical Factors of the more varied types of AFV used by the British units, including Cruiser, Infantry, & Light tanks, along with Tank Destroyers. US Tanks & AFVs follows on from that before we get to the final part, a Battle Analysis which is itself split into 3 sections, for Organisational & Doctrinal Lessons, along with Technical Lessons and consideration of Tank Casualties.
As well as some very well written text, along with archive images and artwork that I have already mentioned, I also liked the number of data tables that are included, giving the numbers and types of tanks in use, along with losses (both complete losses and repairable) and very similar to records of aircraft losses, how claims of the numbers knocked out did not match the actual numbers recorded. It makes for some interesting reading, even for those of us who already know something about the period, and great groundwork for those with a new interest in the period. Recommended.
Thanks to Osprey Publishing for our review copy.