US Marine Corps Tanks of World War II

US Marine Corps Tanks of World War II

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During World War II, the US Marine Corps formed six tank battalions that battled through the harsh conditions of the Pacific Theatre. Using the same basic tanks as the US Army, notably the M3 and M5A1 light tanks and the M4 Sherman medium tank, the marines made both technical and tactical innovations to make them more effective in the fight against the Japanese. Deep wading equipment, flamethrower tanks, and even wooden armor all became part of the Marine arsenal. This book examines the tactics and technology that made the US Marine Corps tank service unique in the annals of warfare.The Marines quickly realized that the Army was manufacturing M4 medium tanks with several engines, the M4 and M4A1 with a ... with a GM twin diesel engine, the M4A3 with a Ford gasoline engine, and the M4A4 with a Chrysler A-57 multi- bank gasoline engine. ... with some Marines describing the type as a€œa stinkera€ while many Marine tankers later warmed to the diesel engines due to their ... But aside from some concluding operations in the Solomons in early 1944, the focus of.

Title:US Marine Corps Tanks of World War II
Author: Steven J. Zaloga
Publisher:Osprey Publishing - 2012-01-20

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