Brazen Chariots by Robert Crisp

By Robert Crisp

"Unquestionably the best narrative of tank struggle to return out of worldwide warfare II."—Los Angeles Times

A tank officer's tale of the wasteland battle in North Africa, Brazen Chariots is among the most generally praised battle books ever released. significant Robert Crisp recounts Operation Crusader, the good tank conflict waged opposed to Rommel's Afrika Korps at the borders of Egypt.

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Except for those forces surrendering at the end of the war, the Japanese lost virtually all of the 230,000 military personnel on Luzon, in addition to some 70,000 casualties from the previous battle on Leyte Island. By the summer of 1945, the Americans had thus destroyed nine of Japan’s best divisions and made another six combat-ineffective. Losses stemming from the battle so drastically reduced Japanese air power that the use of kamikaze operations was necessary throughout the rest of the war.

In contrast, the Luzon Campaign saw extended operations inland which demanded the deployment of multicorps forces supported by greatly expanded logistical and communications systems. S. divisions had had previous experience in fighting the Japanese, particularly on Leyte only a few months before. In fact, except for the urban fighting in Manila, American units were in the enviable position of applying past lessons to the battlefield. The 30 Americans also had the advantage of superior weapons, equipment, and supplies and by January, control of both the local seas and air.

S. theater commanders had generally employed one or two divisions at a time to seize small islands or small portions of coastline. In contrast, the Luzon Campaign saw extended operations inland which demanded the deployment of multicorps forces supported by greatly expanded logistical and communications systems. S. divisions had had previous experience in fighting the Japanese, particularly on Leyte only a few months before. In fact, except for the urban fighting in Manila, American units were in the enviable position of applying past lessons to the battlefield.

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