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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice tribute, a nice collector's item
This is a large tome, being 12 in by 11 in in size and sporting 288 heavy glossy pages. The makeup of this tome is part photo gallery and part war summary involving fighting in France, Belguim and finally Germany in 1944-45 period.

The first chapter is an introduction that explains the history and activation of 3rd Army as well as Patton's influence on it,...
Published on October 15, 2010 by Dave Schranck

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures, mediocre narrative
A great collection of photos, but the narrative is pretty dry. Some of the captions for the photos tie in with the chapters they're presented in, but they didn't work for me as they just seemed to be trying to add information which wasn't necessary. Nice little quotes from Patton about tactics and such sprinkled throughout the book, and the maps are excellent. Worth...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice tribute, a nice collector's item, October 15, 2010
This review is from: Patton's Third Army in World War II: An Illustrated History (Hardcover)
This is a large tome, being 12 in by 11 in in size and sporting 288 heavy glossy pages. The makeup of this tome is part photo gallery and part war summary involving fighting in France, Belguim and finally Germany in 1944-45 period.

The first chapter is an introduction that explains the history and activation of 3rd Army as well as Patton's influence on it, especially when dealing with armor tactics. Patton believed in Blitzkrieg. Operations Overlord and Fortitude are also briefly explained.
The battle summary begins in late July when Operation Cobra is launched by 1st Army and the subsequent launching of 3rd Army that heads for the key ports in Brittany. Part of 3rd Army will get the green light to turn east for Argentan and eventually have Haislip's XV Corps head for closing of the Falaise pocket. Reaching the Seine River will be the next objective.
The Lorraine Campaign is next and the troubles Patton faced in penetrating the Moselle line and especially in taking the fortified city of Metz. After Metz had been taken, the discussion moves on to the Battle of the Bulge and Patton's 4th AD participation in the relief of Bastogne. This topic of Bastogne is by far the largest topic in the book and the coverage is very good.
The last battle coverage concerns the crossing of the Rhine and the drive through southern Germany to the end of the war.
In addition to the main narrative, there are interesting sidebars of the following commanders: Eisenhower, Montgomery, Bradley, Haislip, Walker, Eddy, Wheyland, Wood, Middleton, Gaffey and Gay. The authors also accumulate many questions that were originally found in books and magazines quoting General Patton's responses. Topics discussed include "use of armor divisions", "tank reconnaissance", "infantry in combat", "use of the bazooka" and many other issues.

There are 13 color maps and all are excellent. They include many, but not all, key cities, rivers and axes of advance. Most also include troop deployments to either Corps or Division level and phase lines for key dates. Eleven of the maps are full page in size and are impressive. The remaining two maps are double page size and are even more impressive. The first of these two maps covers the Western Front as of August 1st and how it will appear in May 1945.The other one concerns the Battle of the Bulge when the bulge is at its largest and as it retracts going into Jan 1945.
The other half of the book is a photo gallery and its also very good. There are photos on almost every page (excluding map pages). There are some photos that can be seen in other books but many I haven't seen before. The photos in this book are large and even if you have seen some of them before the larger size will be appreciated. The photos cover the key commanders, the soldiers, and civilians. It will take you from town to town and battlefield to battlefield as the Allies move across France. You will see some photos of rare tank variants and fighting vehicles of all shapes and sizes.
There is also an informative pictorial Appendix that shows weapons and vehicles of both sides. The range of weapons is from hand guns to tank variants. The vehicles include jeeps, dukws, half tracks, weasels and tank recovery vehicles. In addition to the photos, you get a small blog and wrap sheet that gives pertinent info.
There is also a Bibliography of popular books if further reading is desired and an Index.
This book competes in a demanding field but will hold its own against any of the competition and if you're looking for a nice photo gallery and summary of 3rd Army and its famous commander then this is worthy of your consideration.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular, November 27, 2010
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Patton's Third Army in World War II: An Illustrated History (Hardcover) by Michael Green and James D. Brown is spectacular. The book is a large sized at 12 inches by 11 inches with 288 thick, glossy pages. While the appearance is that of a "coffee-table book", it is that and much more.

The book is both war gallery with some of the best photographs you will every see of World War II and part war summary giving you an excellent overview of of the US Third Army's fighting in France, Belgium and finally Germany in 1944 and 1945.

Eisenhower placed Patton in command of a decoy unit, the First U.S. Army Group. It was nearly seven weeks after D-Day before General Patton finally took the Third U.S. Army into battle. We see in picture and word how he began a ten-month journey across France, driving through Germany and into Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and Austria. During this journey we see the way Third Army forces entered the Battle of the Bulge and helped break the siege of Bastogne.

The book covers Patton's command of Third Army. It places the focus you would expect on Armor (tank) operations. We see how Patton evolved a new style of fighting - an American version of the lightning war. We see him avoiding entrenched infantry warfare allowing him to keep pushing forward. General Patton's rough, hard charging personality shows through the books pages. US Military photos and frequent quotes complete the picture of Patton as well as his men as they fight their way across the Third Reich.

The book details in detail on the use of armor divisions, how to conduct tank reconnaissance, the role and how to of infantry in combat, as well as the use of antitank weapons like the bazooka, as well as other issues.

The book is a must have for any student of Armored warfare and fan of General Patton. It would be an excellent addition to any community or school library as well. It is a wonderful blend of story and picture.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed every minute of reading it, April 10, 2013
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My dad served in Patton's Third Army during WW2, in the 35th Infantry Division, and so I have always been interested in it. This book is a great history of the Army, and a really great addition to your library.

The book is chockfull of pictures (black-and-white, with a few color ones at the end of the book), which really help the narrative. But, the best is the history of the Army. The author does a great job of telling the story of Army's battles. Indeed, I could often take the stories my dad told me, and see just where they fitted in in the narrative - from his baptism of fire when his division was thrown in to stop the Mortain Counterattack through to the fighting around Nancy, where he was finally wounded.

Yeah, I think that this is a great book, and I enjoyed every minute of reading it. It's got a lot of information and a lot of great pictures, and I am sure it will please anyone really interested in the Third Army!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures, mediocre narrative, November 2, 2012
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A great collection of photos, but the narrative is pretty dry. Some of the captions for the photos tie in with the chapters they're presented in, but they didn't work for me as they just seemed to be trying to add information which wasn't necessary. Nice little quotes from Patton about tactics and such sprinkled throughout the book, and the maps are excellent. Worth picking up for the photos alone, but don't expect much insight, analysis or history in the text.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third Army in WW II, February 14, 2011
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A fasinating book of Pattons Third Army across Europe in WW II. It was especially interesting to me as I was an assisstant crew chief on a P-38 Fighter Bomber in the 428th Fighter Squadron of the 474th Fighter Group. We were one of many fighter groups that fought as air support for the Third and sometimes the First army. It is very well written and there are as many pictures as there are written words about the exploits of the third Army. I would reccomend it to any war buff for their libraries.

Lee Stuck 428th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine oversized edition suited to military collections and coffee tables alike, December 17, 2010
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Military collections seeking a highly illustrated account of Patton in World War II will find this a specific analysis of Patton's command of the Third Army, with in-depth analysis of the armor he championed. Archival photos, quotes, and history blend in a detailed survey of Patton's campaign and the strategic innovations he fostered. The photos make for an unusually detailed 'you are there' coverage in a fine oversized edition suited to military collections and coffee tables alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My thoughts, July 7, 2013
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Good reading material.People today need to read such books as this one so that they would understand what fathers or grandparents went through back then .So that we don't repeat those times which the deaths of millions of people around the world and understand that sometimes peace comes at a huge cost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good account of Third Army activity in Europe during WWII, June 1, 2013
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I read this book after a long time acquaintance recounted his own experiences in the Third Army. It helped to make some sense of what that veteran did and told about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Patton fans., April 9, 2013
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The book presents a history of Patton's campaign with the Third Army across Europe. The book gives a short biography of the main Generals and Officers in this campaign. The book is filled with great pictures and maps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Answered questions I had about where it went on the map, March 29, 2013
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Really enjoyed following the movement of Patton's army and referencing the maps for the location of the towns mentioned. What was quite interesting was how the plans drawn up by Bradley had to change as the battles did not develop as foreseen. Patton too had to change his mind repeatedly. But this was a positive as the Germans were locked in a "ask permission first" regimen.

There are biographies of officers over and under Patton's command. I also found the quotes of Patton revealed his thinking and strategy. There are 1-2 photos per page to show the type of equipment used by both sides and the terrain.
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