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The 66th Armored Regiment has a long history, with origins dating back to World War I, but this book focuses mainly on World War II. The origins of the unit and a bit of history on armored warfare in World War I are covered, as well as the regiment's activities during the inter-war years. The inter-war years were pretty slow reading and not very exciting, but once the unit shipped out to Africa in 1942 the narrative really picks up. What follows is a fairly detailed account of the regiment's service in the European Theater until they're sent back to the U.S. in 1946. Lots of personal accounts from letters, diaries and after-action reports give the reader a very personal view of how the tankers lived and fought, and there is an extensive collection of photos as well.
While I wish there would have been a bit more detail in some areas, as well as some more personal recollections, the author does a great job of keeping the narrative moving and it never gets bogged down in technical aspects or endless statistics. Since I haven't read much about American tankers in World War II, this book provided a great snapshot of what armored combat was like from the American POV. Worth picking up!
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