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Steeds of Steel: A History of American Mechanized Cavalry in World War II

Yeide, Harry

Editore: Zenith Press, 2008
ISBN 10: 0760333602 / ISBN 13: 9780760333600
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Titolo: Steeds of Steel: A History of American ...

Casa editrice: Zenith Press

Data di pubblicazione: 2008

Legatura: Hardcover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Contents Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1: From Horse to Horsepower Chapter 2: North Africa: A Concept Tested Chapter 3: Sicily and Italy: Mechanization Meets the Mountains Chapter 4: The Pacific, Part I: War of the Cavalry Reconnaissance Troops Chapter 5: The Pacific, Part II: The Mechanized Cavalry Finds Roads Chapter 6: Normandy: Cavalry in the Hedgerows Chapter 7: The Breakout from Normandy Chapter 8: Southern France: The Strategic Cavalry Charge Chapter 9: The Reich's Tough Hide Chapter 10: The Battle of the Bulge Chapter 11: On to Victory Chapter 12: A Brilliant Legacy Appendix A: Mechanized Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron and Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Profiles Appendix B: U.S. Cavalry in the ETO Glossary Notes Bibliography. Codice inventario libreria ABE_book_new_0760333602

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In World War II the U.S. Armys mechanized cavalry force served in an astounding variety of ways. Mechanized cavalrymen scouted and fought in tanks, armored cars, and jeeps; battled on and from the sea in tracked amphibians; stormed beaches from landing craft; slipped ashore in rubber rafts from submarines; climbed mountains; battled hand-to-hand; and even occasionally rode horses.

This work follows the mechanized cavalry from its earliest days--landing in North Africa during Operation Torch and fighting on the jungle-clad slopes of Guadalcanal--through the campaigns in the Mediterranean, Europe, and the Pacific. Drawing on official after-action reports, contemporary combat records, personal recollections, and interviews conducted by the Army with soldiers shortly after battle, Steeds of Steel provides a vivid picture of what the war was like for the men of the mechanized cavalry.

When World War II broke out in 1939, the U.S. Cavalry was still mainly the proud, horse-mounted force it had been since the nations founding; within a year, the cavalry branch had lost its horses and very nearly its mission. Steeds of Steel tells how the cavalrymen carved out a new and critical role on the modern battlefield. Harry Yeides narrative shows us troopers learning to outwit the enemy in the African desert, on Italian peaks, along European hedgerows, and through Pacific jungles.

We see cavalrymen working alone, miles ahead of the nearest friendly units. And we witness the heroic efforts of the mechanized cavalry troop, joining the battle wherever an American infantry division serves. The mechanized cavalrys brilliant legacy has lived on in the armored cavalry for more than half a century. As the U.S. Army debates its role on the battlefield, this volume (illustrated with over two dozen photos and diagrams) reminds us of our enduring debt to this incomparable fighting force.

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This history, illustrated with over two dozen photos and diagrams, follows the mechanized cavalry as it carved out a new role for itself on the battlefields of World War II. Drawing on extensive research, Steeds of Steel depicts the mechanized cavalry from its earliest days?landing in North Africa during Operation Torch and fighting on the jungle-clad slopes of Guadalcanal?through the campaigns in the Mediterranean, Europe, and the Pacific.

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