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DAY OF THE PANZER
« on: March 19, 2016, 02:44:48 AM »
"Day of the Panzer": A Story of American Heroism and Sacrifice in Southern France by Jeff Danby
Just arrived from the States today, bought it used off eBay for $7,11  and $8 postage, which for me is fine, there are some people out there want twice that much postage just for a patch or pin. >:(
Back to book;
"The Day of the Panzer" transports the reader into the ranks of L Company, 15th Regiment, Third Infantry Division, and its supporting M4s of the 756th Tank Battalion as they grapple head-on with the Wehrmacht.
L Company was nearly wiped out during the bloody Anzio breakout of May 1944. Under the fiery leadership of Captain James "Red" Coles, the unit was rebuilt and molded into a tough, colorful bunch in preparation for "Operation Dragoon." On August 15, 1944, they hit the beaches in southern France, joined by the tank crews of 2nd Lt. Andrew Orient's 3rd Platoon, all veterans of Cassino.
After overcoming pockets of resistance along the coast, the tanks and infantry swept inland, nipping at the heels of the retreating German Nineteenth Army. A sudden German artillery salvo dispatched six L Company men and left Lt. Orient dead. 1st Lt. Edgar Danby, an armor instructor (the author's grandfather), was flown in from Italy to replace him.
Despite logistics problems, the Third Division forged north through the Rhone River valley until they found the Germans holding fast, L Company and its supporting tanks leading the regimental charge. In the haste and chaos of the day, they managed to slip the German rearguard and unwittingly attacked the German LXXXV Armeekorps headquarters in the small town of Allan. Both sides were shocked by the ferocity of the battle.
Led by a rampaging Panther tank, the Germans counterattacked, knocking out the Sherman of Lt. Danby while threatening to cut L Company's positions in half. Surrounded and facing annihilation-but steeled by the courageous leadership of Captain Coles and others-L Company held fast despite dead and wounded on all sides and 13 men captured. The seemingly unstoppable Panther, stalking the battlefield like some black knight from a Teutonic fantasy, continued to hold off American reinforcements in the morning, until the Armeekorps headquarters executed a withdrawal.

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Re: DAY OF THE PANZER
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2016, 06:08:50 AM »
Tanks a lot Pat. Sounds like a good read!
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Re: DAY OF THE PANZER
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2016, 08:35:36 AM »
You're more then welcome Ian.
 I've came across the term "Champagne Campaign" quite alot getting into the Allied invasion of southern France,
but it was just the opposite, quite a few men were K.I.A, M.I.A or P.O.W..
And looking into the "Champagne Campaign 1944" came across this young Capt. Russ Cloer, which also mentions the 756th Tank Bn.
http://www.justinmuseum.com/jfjmuseum/Cloerbio.html#france
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Re: DAY OF THE PANZER
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2016, 09:38:39 AM »
I agree with you that the Champagne Campaign was not all fun and games..

Sounds like a good read..

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Re: DAY OF THE PANZER
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2016, 07:25:39 AM »
Have recieved two more books on the 756th Tank Battalion.
One I just read, Load Kick Fire, written by Gene Palumbo, who was a tanker then turned reconnaissance driver who was with the 756th TB from the very beginning to the end, 22 straight months of combat, hardly a scratch, but mentally scarred, guilty feelings about having survived, damn good reading, but sad on top of that.
Just started reading The 756th Tank Battalion in the Battle of Cassino, 1944.
Daily tanker combat, also great reading, but also sad, what all those men went through, alot of those troopers didn't think too much of their commanding Gen. Mark Clark.
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