Pictorial History of the US 3rd Armored Division in World War Two written by Darren Neely and published by Pen & Sword Books – £25.00 – Hardback – Pages 320.
The Third Armored Division, famously known as the “Spearhead Division”, had an illustrious combat career in WW2. One of only two “heavy armored” divisions of the war, the 3rd Armored joined the battle in the ETO in late June of 1944, was bloodied almost immediately and was at the front of the American advance through the hedgerows of Normandy and the rapid advance through France into Belgium by September 1944. The 3rd was one of the first units to breach the vaunted Siegfried Line and then fought a series of back and forth battles with the German army in the Autumn of 1944 as the weather conditions and determined tenacity of the German defenders produced an Autumn stalemate.
The 3rd was rushed to the Ardennes front in December of 1944 in response to Hitler’s winter offensive and they famously fought battles at the defense of Hotton, Grandmenil and then pushed the Germans back to the border after vicious battles in places like Ottre, Lierneux, Cherain and Sterpigny. The early days of the Bulge battles would find the lost unit of Col Samuel Hogan’s 400 men who were surrounded for days and fought their way back to friendly lines. The 3rd would end the war at the tip of the American advance into Germany before the war ended.
Some say that actions speak louder than words, in this book like this I think it can also be said that pictures can speak louder than words. This book follows the American Third Armoured ‘Spearhead’ Division and like this division it would spearhead its way into Germany wanting to finish a war that needed ending now. This is a chunky sized book and contains a huge amount of photographs of the division and its success in helping to win the war for the allies. These high quality photos portray the ‘everyday’ life of the division both men, machines and situations encountered in a beautiful and easy to follow timeline. I imagine this book to have a huge appeal to a lot of different people, this is a highly photographed packed book supported by excellent supporting text. I would most certainly recommend this book to anyone interested.