Marines Under Armor: The Marine Corps and the Armored Fighting Vehicle, 1916-2000

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Naval Institute Press, 2000 - History - 267 pages
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"Kenneth Estes tells how the U.S. Marine Corps came to acquire the armored fighting vehicle and how it was put to use. The marine tank officer and military historian offers an insider's view of the Corps's acquisition and utilization of armored fighting vehicles over the course of several generations, a view that illustrates the characteristics of the Corps as a military institution and of the men who have guided its development. His book examines the planning, acquisition, and employment of tanks, amphibian tractors, and armored cars and explores the ideas that led to the fielding of these weapons systems along with the doctrines and tactics intended for them, and their actual use in combat." "Drawing on archival resources previously untouched by researchers and on interviews of both past and serving crewmen, Estes presents a unique and unheralded story that is filled with new information and analysis of the armored vehicles, their leaders, and the men who drove these steel chariots into battle. Such authoritative detail and documentation of the decisions to acquire, develop, and organize armored units in the U.S. Marine Corps assures the book's acknowledgment as a definitive reference."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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This is a neat little case study of how the Marines went about formulating tactics and doctrine in regards to one of the key military developements of the 20th century, though you do get a fair amount ... Read full review

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Kenneth W. Estes, a marine lieutenant colonel who served from 1969 to 1993, is author of "Marines under Armor: The Marines and the Armored Fighting Vehicle, 1916?2000" and coauthor of "Tanks on the Beaches: A Marine Tanker in the Pacific War". He has edited the "Marine Officer's Guide" since 1985.

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