Death Traps: The Survival of an American Armored Division in World War II

Death Traps: The Survival of an American Armored Division in World War II

Death Traps: The Survival of an American Armored Division in World War II

Death Traps: The Survival of an American Armored Division in World War II

Synopsis

This memoir reveals what life was like in an American armoured division in action in WW2. Lieutenant Cooper was the man responsible for the repair of the division's tanks and his memoirs reveal that his task was fraught with challenges.

Excerpt

Belton Cooper's memoir of his World War II service with the 3d Armor Division in Europe is a gem. As a member of the 3d Armored Division Maintenance Battalion, he had liaison duties that took him far and wide, so he saw more of the war than most junior officers, and he writes about it better than most anyone. He takes us into the hedgerows of Normandy, through the Falaise pocket to the Siegfried Line, then to the Battle of the Bulge; over the Rhine, and across Germany.

His stories are vivid, enlightening, full of life--and of pain, sorrow, horror, and triumph. I first read Cooper's memoir in manuscript and quoted from it extensively in my own Citizen Soldiers. That is the highest compliment I can pay to a memoir.

Stephen E. Ambrose . . .

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