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US Armored Units in the North Africa and Italian Campaigns 1942-45 (Battle Orders) Paperback – August 29, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841769665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841769660
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Zaloga does an excellent job of breaking down and clarifying armor units' tables of organization... Though targeted at wargamers and modelers, the book is a worthwhile addition to a general WWII history library as well as one with a military vehicle emphasis." -John Adams-Graf, Military Trader Magazine

"...a very good survey of the WWII history of American mechanized warfare that focuses on an oft-neglected theater of operation.... The book is a worthwhile addition to a general WWII history library as well as one with a military vehicle emphasis." -Military Vehicles

"The Italian and (later) North African Campaigns are undoubtedly an enormously rich vein for armor modellers. Not only for the sheer diversity of vehicles, but for the many new types of vehicles which were introduced during the battles in these theaters. In this book, the constantly-evolving tactical doctrine is examined along with good, concise information on the vehicle developments which took place along with an immensely useful source book of these two fascinating campaigns." -Jim Rae, Armorama (August 2006)

About the Author

Steven J Zaloga was born in 1952, received his BA in history from Union College, and his MA from Columbia University. He has published numerous books and articles dealing with modern military technology, especially armored vehicle development. His main area of interest is military affairs in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in World War II, and he has also written extensively on American armored forces.

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Steven Zaloga is a senior analyst for Teal Group Corp., an aerospace consulting firm. His professional specialization is the commercial and technological aspects of the international trade in missiles, precision guided munitions, and unmanned aerial vehicles. He also serves as an adjunct staff member with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think-tank.

Mr. Zaloga has published numerous books and articles on military technology and military history. His books have been translated into Japanese, German, Polish, Czech, Romanian, and Russian. He has been a special correspondent for "Jane's Intelligence Review" and is on the executive board of the "Journal of Slavic Military Studies". From 1987 through 1992, he was the writer/director for Video Ordnance Inc., preparing their TV series "Firepower" that aired on The Discovery Channel in the US.

Mr. Zaloga was born in 1952 and received his BA in history from Union College, Schenectady, NY. He received an MA in history from Columbia University specializing in modern East European history, and did graduate research and language study at Uniwersitet Jagiellonski in Krakow, Poland.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Monac on August 20, 2012
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The title of this book is carefully chosen, because it not only traces the establishment and early evolution of American armored divisions, but also the Tank Destroyer force and the independent tank battalions that were used to support infantry divisions. Although it describes the fighting in Tunisia and Italy, it is not primarily a battle history. Instead it is about how the US Army decided to create a variety of armored units, how it decided what those units should be like, how it tried to test its thinking in pre-Pearl Harbor war games, and how those units fared in, and were altered in response to, actual combat.

Obviously, this is a lot of information to convey in 96 pages, so despite its short length, the book is not a quick read. But the author's writing is very clear, and the book amply repays re-reading.

It is divided into 9 parts and an index: Introduction, The Mission, Preparations for War, Unit Organization, Command and Control, Tactics, Lessons Learned, Unit Status, and Further Reading.

The introduction discusses the experience of the US Army with tanks in the First World War, the status of tanks in the Army between the World Wars, and the upheaval that took place regarding them after the defeat of France by Germany in the summer of 1940. The book then goes on to cover the establishment of the first armored units of different types, their evolution before Pearl Harbor, their first battles, and the changes made as a result of that fighting. It then describes, briefly, the use of armor in Italy until the end of the war. The Unit Status chapter very concisely describes the history of each armor unit that fought in the Mediterranean Theater.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dietz Ziechmann, Shofet on January 15, 2013
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Zaloga accomplishes his usual insights into American tank practice in the early and middle days of WWII: tanks and supportive equipment, and the psychology and organizing skills (high and low) employed in utilizing them. The pictures are good, the charts and maps helpful, and the narrative histories bring the subject to life. US forces encountered demoralizing disasters in the early days, brought on by inept leadership,inappropriate doctrine, and in some ways flawed equipment. Americans improved these things gradually, within the North African and Sicilian campaigns of war before going on to the hard, slogging match up the Italian peninsula. Zaloga is generally gentle in his criticisms. Others would be more scathing. The author's work should be employed as vital background in judging broader portrays of campaigns, personalities, national attitudes, and organizational developments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Smith on March 19, 2014
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You can read many declassified Military documents about the North Africa engagements and this book gives very accurate accounts of both our strengths and weaknesses
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By flitertsed on October 2, 2013
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The Photos and maps was top rated. Actual history right on. A Must read, and one for the library
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