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

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The 70th Tank Battalion was at the forefront of virtually every major campaign against Hitler's war machine - eight in all, more than any other U.S. tank battalion in World War II. They were there in the very beginning as the battalion chosen by General Patton to strike the first blow against Nazi-controlled North Africa in 1942. They helped finish off the Wehrmacht in late 1994 during the battle of the Bulge, and ultimately crossed the Rhine to victory. In between, the 70th engaged in some of the bloodiest and most grueling battles of the war including the Tunisian campaign, the invasion of both Sicily and Normandy, the push to the Siegfried Line, and the battle of the Huertgen Forest. Strike Swiftly: The 70th Tank Battalion - From North Africa to Normandy to Germany is the only book available about this uniquely active and historically important World War II tank battalion. The author, Marvin Jensen, a participant of the 70th during many of these campaigns, has written a complete history told almost entirely through primary sources; i.e., through the eyes of the enlisted men in the battalion. Author Jensen has produced a valuable work of military history that not only spans the entire course of the U.S.-led war against the Nazis, but is a wonderfully written, inside view of combat from the American tanker's perspective.

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Marvin Jensen serves as a cook in the 70th Tank Battalion during World War II.

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Jensen's book is a collection of tales, events, and history all sewn together. It read quickly and left the reader wanting to learn more about the experiences of the men of the 70th battalion. It was told from the perspective of those who were truly involved in and affected by the war, not by some staff officer retelling the events from afar. It was warm, engaging, funny, serious, sad, and real. A Great book! --By A Customer

Strategists and historians, writing about World War II, D-Day, the landings at Normandy, and the battles to liberate Europe would do well to read Mr. Jensen's compelling book about the role of the 70th Tank Battalion. As an historian, he has a fine sense of history. As a participant, a fine memory. His account is made vivid and immediate by the accounts of the men themselves, who were responsible for the allied victories. I doubt if you will read better descriptions of the citizen army, trained for the landing, but for little else the men were to encounter on land, than the narratives of these ordinary men from an extraordinary battalion. We have read this book and highly recommend it --By A Customer

The 70th Tank Battalion was an elite unit from the start. Created in 1940 as the first independent tank battalion in the U.S. Army, it was relied on for the critical jobs in eight campaigns. The 70th was selected by Patton for North Africa (where A Company was attached to the French Forces), fought in Sicily, and went ashore with the 4th Division on 6 June 1944. Their subsequent Normandy efforts won their first Presidential Unit Citation.. They continued through the Siegfried Line and the incredibly tough Huertgen Forest, fought in Korea and in the Gulf War, and today is the most decorated armor unit in the United States. Their story is very well told here, with particular attention to the war as fought by the tankers themselves; the heart of the story. Readers who wish to follow the developments of the campaigns will need to furnish their own maps, but this failing doesn't detract seriously from this valuable record of one of the most remarkable units of World War II. --By A Customer

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