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Armored Strike Force: The Photo History of the American 70th Tank Battalion in World War II Hardcover – July 1, 2016
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About the Author
Charles C. Roberts Jr. has been researching World War II for decades, with an emphasis on American armor and the 70th Tank Battalion in particular. In 1990 he founded Roberts Armory, a traveling museum that participates in reenactments, parades, and documentaries. Roberts lives in Rochelle, Illinois.
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Some people have complained about the photo quality. Let's be realistic, unlike the German army that marched off to war with Leicas, Zeiss lenses, Contax, or Exakta cameras, the average GI, if he had a camera at all, was generally packing a Brownie, a Kodak of some kind, or some cheap folding camera - they just didn't take really high quality photos to begin with. So, yes, a lot of the photos lack crystal-sharp clarity, but, that's the way amateur photography was back in the 1940's - I think many of us are spoiled by the much sharper quality of many German photos and photos taken by Army photographers or news photographers at that time. You don't get the candid shots shown here from those sources. There are PLENTY of good armor photos in here in addition to the many "buddy shots" and if you look at the "buddy shots" often, you'll notice peculiar things as well in regards to their uniforms, crazy things going on around them, and things such as that, so even they have good educational and entertainment value. There are a number of photos that look to show these guys wearing paratrooper boots fairly early in the war, so that in itself was news to me.
Over all, I would certainly recommend this one to anybody who's interested in WWII armor. Get it while you can, because if they ever do reprint this one, it'll likely be paperback. The printing quality and production of this book is top-notch - which is also pretty typical of what this company puts out.