Day of the Panzer

A Story of American Heroism and Sacrifice in Southern France

Day of the Panzer
Jeff Danby
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A vivid account of the wartime actions of L Company, 15th Infantry Regiment, Third Infantry Division, from their landing in South France through to attacking the German LXXXV Armeekorps headquarters in the small town of Allan. "An excellent popular history. . . a sprightly and evocative tribute to the troops of Operation Dragoon" (Publishers Weekly). This is a rarely detailed, "you are there" account of World War II combat, describing a brief but bloody tank/infantry action in August 1944. Based on six years of research - drawing from interviews, primary documents, and visits to the battlefield - The Day of the Panzer transports the reader into the ranks of L Company, 15th Regiment, Third Infantry Division, and its supporting M4s of the 756th Tank Battalion as they grapple head-on with the Wehrmacht. On August 15, 1944, L Company hit the beaches in southern France, joined by the tank crews of 2nd Lt. Andrew Orient' s 3rd Platoon, all veterans of Cassino. Despite logistical problems, the Third Division forged north through the Rhone River valley, L Company and its supporting tanks leading the regimental charge - until they faced a savage counterattack by the Germans and a rampaging Panther tank. . . In this book, the minute-by-minute confusion, thrill, and desperation of WWII combat is placed under a microscope, as if the readers themselves were participants. AUTHOR: Jeff Danby was born in 1963 in Pontiac, Michigan. As the son of a high school history teacher, Jeff grew up in a house full of books - which he read voraciously. He went on to get a B. A. Degree in History (with Honors) from DePaul University with a focus in 20th-century America. Jeff currently lives in Ohio. He is an active member of the 756th Tank Battalion Association and maintains the organisation' s website. He also maintains memberships in the Society of Third Infantry Division, and the 15th Infantry Regiment Association. 14 maps and 8 illustrations
". . . a powerful, punchy story. . . outs the reader in the middle of a raging battlefield populated with humans who far transcend the one dimensional paper soldiers often found in military history. . . "-- "Stone & Stone Second World War Books" ". . . one of the most interesting and absorbing battle histories that this reviewer has ever read. . . remarkably realistic and personal. . . "-- "History Book Club" ". . . a gripping story of initiative and confusion (on both sides) competently told and one that shows the details of extensive research. . . delivers the nitty gritty. . . "--Russ Lockwood "Magweb. com" ". . . clearly written, pacey and exciting whilst giving a clear account of the sequence of events, a first hand perspective and a "flow" that keeps one keen to thumb over the next page. "-- "Military Modelling" ". . . makes a major contribution to our understanding of American infantry in Europe. "-- "Michigan War Studies Review" ". . . riveting. . . very well done and gives the reader a much broader vision of the "forgotten" Invasion of France". -- "IPMS/USA" "Danby resurrects the forgotten campaign of World War II in this excellent popular history. . . a sprightly and evocative tribute to the troops of Operation Dragoon. "-- "Publisher' s Weekly" "Through his well-wrought prose, Danby paints a detailed picture of deadly fighting and stunning victory. "-- "WWII History"
Jeff Danby was born in 1963 in Pontiac, Michigan. He has a B. A. Degree in History (with Honors) from DePaul University with a concentration in 20th Century America. He currently lives in Granville, Ohio, and is an active member of the 756th Tank Battalion Association and maintains the organisation' s website. He also maintains memberships in the Society of Third Infantry Division, and the 15th Infantry Regiment Association.