US Amphibious Tanks of World War II by Steven Zaloga
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The advent of combined arms operations in World War II created the need for specialized armored vehicles. In the case of amphibious attacks, the issue arose of how best to land tanks on a beach. Although a variety of specialized landing craft were developed, the Dieppe raid in 1942 encouraged the development of tanks that could be deployed from further off-shore to limit the vulnerability of the LCT craft. The deep-wading equipment that they developed was first used during Operation Husky on Sicily in July 1943, and subsequently for Operations Avalanche (Salerno, September 1943), Shingle (Anzio, January 1944) and Overlord (Normandy, June 1944). The US-manufactured DD tanks were used during Overlord by both US and British forces, and again in 1945 during the Rhine crossings. Initially, developments in the Pacific Theater were separate from those in Europe. The Marines learned from the Tarawa landings in 1943 that unprepared tanks could not be safely landed even in shallow water. DD tanks were never seriously considered for the Pacific, so other solutions were sought. A detailed study of specialized US amphibious tanks, this is a title that will appeal to those interested in both Pacific and European Theaters, modellers and collectors.

About Steven Zaloga

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Steve Zaloga has been modelling for many years, and has won numerous awards at US and international model shows. He has been writing articles on armour modelling for over twenty-five years for magazines such as Military Modelling, Fine Scale Modeler, IPMS Journal, and Airfix. He is also the author of many books on tanks and military history.
Published August 21, 2012 by Osprey Publishing. 48 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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