And We Shall Shock Them: The British Army in the Second by David Fraser

By David Fraser

First released in 1983 and written via a pre-eminent historian of the British military, this is often the definitive heritage of the British military within the moment international conflict: its campaigns and battles, defeats and victories, throughout all theatres of operations from the outbreak of conflict with Germany in 1939 to the ultimate defeat of Japan in 1945.

Here the reader will locate grand process on the optimum point, but in addition the truth of command within the box and the event of wrestle for the infantry, gunners and the tankers because the British military fought its means during the struggle. yet especially it is a complete, authoritative and vividly written account of the British military within the moment global warfare because it got here to grips with, and in spite of everything triumphed over, its enemies within the box.

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Rather than simply rearm existing tank turrets, a new turret was developed for the Mechanized Flame Thrower T33. The T33 carried both an E20 flame gun as a coaxial weapon in the turret and an auxiliary E12R4 flame gun in the hull. Three pilots were built on existing M4A3E2 tanks, and plans were under way to build 300 new T33s starting in January 1946. By the time the war ended, the T33 was considered the most advanced US flame tank design but the construction contracts were cancelled at the war’s conclusion.

At Gen Bradley’s request, a special team was dispatched from the United States to demonstrate the proper use of the system and the next demonstration was held in Normandy on August 23 for officers from the First US Army and Patton’s Third US Army. The modified M4 medium tank used thickened fuel, and this proved very effective in burning through local hedgerows. American officers familiar with the Canadian Wasp SHERMAN CROCODILE, 739TH TANK BATTALION (SPECIAL MINE EXPLODER), JÜLICH, GERMANY, OPERATION GRENADE, FEBRUARY 1945 The Sherman Crocodile was used on only a single occasion, during the reduction of the old citadel in Jülich in support of the 175th Infantry, 29th Division, on February 24.

This type remained in US Army service into the 1950s but did not see combat in World War II. The only periscope flame gun to reach serial production besides the POA-CWS type was the M34-E6R3, with fewer than 200 built before the war ended. (NARA) The POA-CWS H5 coaxial flamethrower remained in Marine service after the war, and prior to the Korean War was standardized on the M4A3 (105mm) assault gun with the new HVSS suspension. It served in Korea with the “Flame Dragons”, the Flame Platoon, 1st Marine Tank Battalion and this one is seen near Hongchon on March 17, 1951.

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