• The Tank Killers

  • A History of America's World War II Tank Destroyer Force
  • By: Harry Yeide
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-08-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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The Tank Killers is the story of the American Tank Destroyer Force in North Africa, Italy, and the European Theater during World War II. The tank destroyer (TD) was a bold - if some would say flawed - answer to the challenge posed by the seemingly unstoppable German blitzkrieg. The TD was conceived to be light and fast enough to outmaneuver panzer forces and go where tanks could not. At the same time, the TD would wield the firepower needed to kill any German tank on the battlefield. Indeed, American doctrine stipulated that TDs would fight tanks, while American tanks would concentrate on achieving and exploiting breakthroughs of enemy lines.

The Tank Killers follows the men who fought in the TDs from the formation of the force in 1941 through the victory over the Third Reich in 1945. It is a story of American flexibility and pragmatism in military affairs.

Tank destroyers were among the very first units to land in North Africa in 1942. Their first vehicles were ad hoc affairs: halftracks and weapons carriers with guns no better than those on tanks and thin armor affording the crews considerably less protection. Almost immediately, the crews realized that their doctrine was incomplete. They began adapting to circumstances, along with their partners in the infantry and armored divisions.

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good listen for tank fans

I like all things tanks do this was enjoyable ft. or me. The book was very informative and followed smoothly in my opinion. There are not many books available about tank history so we take what we can get.

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Dry and without detail

The best thing I can say about this book is that it's pretty factually correct. Unfortunately it's also a pretty dry compilation of facts that seems to do it's best to avoid drawing conclusions, diving into details, or providing anything really Tank Destroyer specific. Instead it reads more like basic history of the war with occasional assurances that tank destroyers were involved. I feel like this is on the cusp of being a great book but never got there. The narrator does his best, but I think even he starts dozing off a little at the end.