New Vanguard 296 by Steven J. Zaloga
Allied success in invading Fortress Europe (the area of Continental Europe occupied by Nazi Germany) depended on getting armour onto the beaches as fast as possible. This book explains how the Allies developed the specialist tanks it needed, their qualities, deployment and numbers, and how they performed on the two crucial days when France was invaded, firstly in Normandy and then in Provence.
The focus of this volume will be on the specialized tanks developed for the Operation Neptune amphibious landings including the Duplex Drive amphibious Sherman tanks used on both the US and British/Canadian beaches.
It also covers the specialized engineer tanks called "Armoured Funnies" of the British 79th Armoured Division and addresses the popular myth that US Army refusal to employ the Armoured Funnies was a principal cause for the high casualties at Omaha Beach. There is also coverage of Operation Overlord's "Forgotten D-Day", the amphibious landings of Operation Dragoon. This book addresses why there were so few Panzers opposing the landings from the German perspective as well as detailing the extent of German tank/assault gun activity on D-Day.
Shows how the Allied Forces, used their specialist armour, in a manner that suited them best.
The coloured plates, and photos, will be of special interest to model makers, and is recommended to anyone who is planning to make a diorama of D Day.
The BARV for some reason doesn’t appear.