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Tanks for the Memories
An oral history of the 712th Tank Battalion in WW2.
Paperback - 357 pages. "Tanks for the Memories" tells the story of war as the author's father's tank battalion knew it. From their humble beginnings in the Great Depression, to more than a year in the horse cavalry, to their training as tankers, to 311 days in combat from Normandy to Czechoslovakia, the 712th Tank Battalion became one of the most highly decorated small units in the Eastern Theater of Combat. Aaron Elson went to a reunion of the 712th after his father passed away, and went back two reunions later with a tape recorder, because he realized these veterans' stories needed to be preserved. Not only because they were a part of history, but because they were powerful and often entertaining stories in themselves. Tanks for the Memories was originally published in 1994. This is an expanded second edition.
Many books have been written about tanks. This is about the men who were in them, the drivers, loaders, gunners, mechanics, tank commanders, assistant drivers.
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