Re: Psych War: "Tank Destroyer" and "Jagdpanzer"
- From: "Mike Piacente" <mpiacente@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2008 19:38:39 -0400
Actually, US tank-destroyer battalions had either a mix of towed AT guns and
fully tracked guns (in North Africa, and Sicily if I remember correctly, the
US TD bns had M-3 half-track-mounted 75mm AT guns, towed 3in guns, and some
The towed 3in AT guns remained part of the TD TO & E until the end of the
war. All TD bns were disbanded by 1946.
Read "The Tank Killers: A History of America's World War II Tank Destroyer
Force" by Harry Yeide (2007). Not a great book but fairly informative.
"William Black" <william.black@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
"Wesley Johnston" <wwjohnston@xxxxxxx> wrote in message
I just picked up the Feb 2007 "Bulge Bugle" which has a cover article on
Tank Destroyers that begins "For psychological reasons, General Marshall
decided that anti-tank units should be renamed Tank Destroyers."
German TDs were called Jagdpanzers, which I think translates to Tank
Hunters. So they seem to have had this same psychology in mind.
My questions is which name came first, the American "Tank Destroyer" or
the German "Jagdpanzer"?
If the German name came first, then it seems likely that Gen. Marshall
may also have been aware of that, so that it was a factor in his
They came out of different tactical doctrines.
The German weapons were designed as cheap tank killers that were designed
to operate either with armoured divisions or in defensive positions as
semi fixed but mobile tank killing bunkers.
The US weapons were designed to be used in the support of infantry in
mobile operations. They replaced towed anti-tank guns.
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.
Barbeques on fire by the chalets past the castle headland
I watched the gift shops glitter in the darkness off the Newborough gate
All these moments will be lost in time, like icecream on the beach
Time for tea.
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