Academic journal article Military Review

Strike Swiftly! the 70th Tank Battalion: From North Africa to Normandy to Germany

Academic journal article Military Review

Strike Swiftly! the 70th Tank Battalion: From North Africa to Normandy to Germany

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STRIKE SWIFTLY! THE 70TH TANK BATTALION: From North Africa to Normandy to Germany by Marvin Jensen. 350 pages. Presidio Press, Novato, CA. 1997. $24.95.

In Strike Swiftly! Marvin Jensen expertly interweaves tales of bravery by members of the 70th Tank Battalion during World War 11. The 70th Tank Battalion was at the center of every major event in the European Theater. "It was there when the first Shots were fired in French Morocco on 8 November 1942 and when the last shots were fired on 7 May 1945.

Recognized as the most decorated tank battalion in the US military, the 70th fought from Tunis, North Africa, during Operation Torch, to Sicily during the Italian Campaign. then in Germany's heartland after having landed on the beaches of Normandy on that fateful day in June 1944.

Using the theme of comradeship and courage, Jensen lets the men involved tell their stories in firstperson accounts from 70th Tank Battalion veterans. What makes his method of presentation unique is that he smartly compartmental izes the personal tales of bravery into a chronology of each battle. …

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