American Knights – The Untold Story of the Men of the Legendary 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion

Published: June 7th, 2018     
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Author: Victor “Troy” Failmezger
Reviewed by: 
Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Osprey Publishing
ISBN #: 9781472824875
Other Publication Information: Paperback
Price: $16.00
Product / Stock #: GNM

This book goes into great detail about the history and combat experience of the first US tank destroyer battalion. It takes you from the unit's formation to the Kasserine pass to Anzio, Operation Dragoon to the final attacks on the Third Reich, this is the fascinating story of the men and machines fighting against Germany's best. This book tells the technical details and origins of the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, it allows you to be at the front during the European war.

As the war developed it become very clear that the allies needed to have a way to defeat the German panzers on the battlefields. The answer was the formation of a new type of battalion, the Tank Destroyers.

The book goes on to tell the full and detailed story of the first Tank Destroyer Battalion, the 601st. The book contains lots of rare material, letters, diaries and unpublished photographs.

The book follows the combat the unit faced in North Africa, Italy including Cassino, Anzio and the liberation of Rome. The unit was also used in Southern France. At the end, they crossed the Siegfried Line and raced across Germany to Hitler's Eagle Nest.

That book is 448 pages, lots of footnotes and over 200 illustrations.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in the WWII, it really puts you in the middle of the action and the experiences they had during the war.

Thanks go to Osprey Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

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