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756th Tank Battalion Tank 
passing French Staff Car

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American M-10 Tanks lined up in France


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German Panzer IV Tank knocked out May 1944, France. 
Description by Douglas Holliday.)

As anyone who watched the Discovery Channel's program "Weapons of War" knows, the Germans had the better tanks. The Panzer Tanks had thicker armor and larger guns. The American Sherman Tank was faster and more maneuverable, thereby making the advantage less of a problem than it would first appear.

Thanks to Lt. Col. Donald Horton USAFR (Ret.) and Daniel J. Egan for the correct designations of the weapons and vehicles on these pages.


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Bill Mauldin Cartoon

"I'd rather dig. A movin' foxhole attracks th' eye."
© Bill Mauldin


Infantry sleds pulled by Sherman Tank.

This was one of Gen. "Iron Mike" O' Daniel's ideas to get his soldiers over mine fields. The tanks had whirling cables to detonate the mines before they hurt the soldiers. Unfortunately, they usually fouled the tracks  on the tanks when they turned, disabling the tank.

These sleds were not popular with the GI's who had to ride in them. They were sitting ducks for snipers, as well as having the comfort level of a little red wagon, with one wheel missing.

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M8 howitzer motor carriage (HMC) entering Rome June 5, 1944 for the glory of General Mark Clark. While the rest of the world anxiously awaited the Allies crossing the English Channel at Normandy on June 6th, the 3rd Infantry Division entered Rome to a happy citizenry.


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Priest Gun Carrier crossing Vulturno River-Italy 1943

A new M36 Tank Destroyer, designed for assaulting German Tiger and Panther tanks, along with hundreds of replacements joined the battered American Third Division at Pont a Mousson, France between the division's heroic sacrifices in the Colmar Pocket and its crossing into Germany. In its 188 days of battle in France, the Third Division suffered 4,500 casualties.
Photo courtesy of Denis Toomey www.dogfacesoldiers.org

American soldiers inspect a captured German Sonderkraftfahrzeuge (special vehicle) half-track in Strasbourg. As Christmas 1944 approached, The Third Division was ordered to leave Strasbourg to move south along the eastern edge of the Vosges Mountains towards Colmar.
Photo courtesy of Denis Toomey www.dogfacesoldiers.org


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