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For Want of A Gun: The Sherman Tank Scandal of WWII

By Christian M. DeJohn, photography by Robert Coldwell, Sr.
RELATED TOPICS: BOOK | ARMOR
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Comments: Hardcover, 392 pages, 557 color and black-and-white photos

ISBN:
9780764352508

Price:
$84.95

Publisher:
Schiffer Publishing


From the publisher:
This remarkable story, involving some of the biggest American names and stretching from the White House and Pentagon to factories and battlefronts, exposes the Sherman tank scandal of World War II. Outgunned by more-powerful German opponents, the inferior American suffered some of the worst setbacks of the war and prolonged the conflict in Europe. While American tankers ultimately prevailed, more than 60,000 armored division soldiers were killed and wounded.

Their preventable sacrifice inspired the 2014 film Fury. Included are striking images of the Sherman’s adversaries (photographed exclusively at the National Museum of Cavalry and Armor in Columbus, Ga.), along with original equipment, documents, period propaganda, and vintage photos of Sherman tanks in action. As a German officer noted, “I was on this hill with six 88mm antitank guns … Every time they sent a tank, we knocked it out. Finally we ran out of ammunition, and the Americans didn’t run out of tanks.”


FSM says:
An intriguing story, lavishly illustrated with top-notch photography. If you build Shermans — or German armor, for that matter — check this one out.

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