COMING THE SUMMER OF 2022
|Men of Armor: The History of B Company, 756th Tank Battalion in World War II|
|Part II: Cassino and Rome|
Keep fighting with the American tankers!
Men of Armor: Cassino and Rome follows Men of Armor: Beginnings, North Africa and Italy, in recounting the WWII history of B Company, 756th Tank Battalion in vivid detail. The outfit, since upgraded from M5 light tanks to M4 “Sherman” mediums, claws through some of the toughest battles of WWII—from horrific stalemate at Cassino in February 1944, through the bloody Operation Diadem May breakout to the stunning capture of Rome on 4 June 1944.
This unique multi-volume history covers the full spectrum of experiences of the men in one tank company from inception in June 1941 through the occupation of Germany in 1945. An American tank company in WWII consisted of only five officers and approximately 100 enlisted men—all living, traveling and fighting in seventeen tanks, two jeeps, one truck, one half-track and one tank retriever. Uniting the official record with the rich, personal accounts of the participants, the reader is swept along a highly detailed and shocking journey chronicling the evolution of American armor doctrine and tank design from June 1941 through VE-Day.
The B Company tankers often fought at a disadvantage—struggling to survive a myriad of battlefield challenges and triumph against enemy armor better armed and better protected. What was once envisioned as a warfare of sweeping armored formations managed by West Point lieutenant colonels and ROTC captains quickly devolved into small unit street fights relying more and more on the initiative, resourcefulness and cunning of lowly OCS lieutenants and combat-seasoned sergeants. The journey is long, unforgiving and brutal. Forty-seven fellow tankers will be lost along the way…
Men of Armor, Part II is a continuation of the trials, tragedies and triumphs of Captain David D. Redle and his fellow tankers of B Company, 756th Tank Battalion in World War II—a Sherman tank outfit comprised of seventeen tanks, five officers and roughly 100 enlisted men. Learn, in this second book installment, how these “Men of Armor” struggled, fought, and adapted to warfare in M4 medium tanks on the challenging and brutal battlefields of 1944 Italy. Over the course of nearly two years of combat, forty-seven company members will be lost—with survivors left forever scarred and altered. Their history is stark, honest, and personal—sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic—while delivering timeless human lessons in sacrifice, resourcefulness, practicality, the fickleness of fate—and above all, the power of perseverance.
The most comprehensive history of an American World War II tank company ever written.
To be published by Casemate in the Summer of 2022