Tank Leader: Western Front

Tank Leader: Western Front

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Germany's Last Gasp
Units of the 5th Fallschimrjaeger Division driving west on the Arlon-Bastogne road encountered scattered resistance as they established defensive positions to cover the advance of 5th Panzer Army during the Ardennes offensive. Units of the U.S.10th…

Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Following the Rhine crossing at Oppenheim by the American Third Army, confused fighting developed between Dannstadt and the Main River as retreating and defending German units mixed with the American armored spearheads. Most opposition was quickly…

On the Road to Arnhem
Restrictcd to surfaced roads due to heavy rains, the Guards Armored Division, spearhead of XXX Corp in Operation Market-Garden, made slow headway. Constant ambushes by German ínfantry and anti-tank units choked the roads with disabled vehicles. Time…

Assault on Salines
After the failed Ardennes Offensive. Understrength German ínfantry divisions were left holding much of the line. Crucial towns containing road and rail junctions were held at all costs to delay …

The Rhine River Blues
Following the disaster at Amhem in September 1944, the 21st Army Group consolidated its positions in Belgium. The polder made tough going for the tanks, slowing the British advance to a crawl. By mid-December the British line was anchored on …

Clearing Action in the Ruhr
Following the Rhine crossings in the U.S. First Army and Third Army sectors, German resistance in the Ruhr completely disintegraled. American armored divisions sprinted through weak forces, establishíng a bridgehead as deep as 60 miles in only seven…

Hammer and Anvil
German Panzer units of the 15th Army fighting rearguard actions against the British 1st Army often found themselves surrounded and lighting out of encirclements. The 43rd Battalion, defending V weapon launch sites, was ordered to attack British…

Meat Grinder
The U.S. Third Army pressed attacks across the Saar river in the late winter of 1945. Heavily fortified German positions made these assaults costly. Despite control of the air and overwhelming artillery support, ínfantry still had to make the…

On 20th September 1944, Creighton Abrams led Task Force Abrams, comprising 3 companies of M4 Shermans of the First Tank Battalion and 2 companies of armored ínfantry of the 10th Armored Infantry Battalion, against Kampfgruppe Jughanrtis, comprising 2…

In the bocage of Normandy, the Allied armies came to a virtual halt. In the American sector, every hedgerow had to be taken by suicidal ínfantry charges resembling those of 1914. Interestingly, the Germans also considered the bocage a curse. …

Delaying Action on the Marne
Following the breakthrough at St. Lo, German armies retreated headlong towards the West Wall. Ad hoc mobile groups formed the rearguard of the retreating formations keeping the Allies at bay until a new line could be established. Task Force North, …

Foggy Bottom
The U.S. 1st Army under Hodges encountered little resistance as it advanced on the Mulde river. Only in the Harz mountains was serious opposition encountered. Wenck's ínfamous 11th Army launched numerous small attacks against the encircling…

St. Vith
Units of the 2nd SS Panzer Divsion crossed the Our river north of St. Vith on the morning of 16 December 1944. American units were completely suprised by the onslaught and scrambled to draw their equipment. The first tank units …

Operation Lumberjack
The U.S. Third Army under George S. Patton launched operation LUMBERJACK as Phase II of the Allied advance to the Rhine. Third Army's objective was Coblenz. Patton advanced through the Moselle river valley, south of The Eiffel. Units of the …

Khaki Storm Rising
British armored units fanned across the North German plain following the crossing of the Rhine in March. Resistance, initially stiff, weakened as the Germans ran low on fuel and ammunition. The 4th Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment, was advancing on the…
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