Day-to-day of a tanker in WWII?
March 14, 2014 9:54 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for non-fiction books that describe the day-to-day life of an allied tanker (guy in a tank or other AFV) in World War II.
posted by bondcliff to Technology (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The more detailed about the tank and operating the tank, the better. Logistics about spending weeks traveling in a tank across a country, things like that. Nothing is too mundane.
I'm not looking for: The history of a tank battalion, dry accounts of battles ("On June 16th the 7th Armored Division moved north to wherever..."), or books by commanders talking about leadership. Also not looking for a general guide to armor warfare or tanks. WWII only, not modern.
I'm looking for a memoir by a guy who was in a tank or other Armored Fighting Vehicle (position doesn't matter) where he talks about things unique to being in a tank or AFV. Pictures aren't necessary; there are plenty of reference books out there.
I'd prefer United States Army, WWII, European Theater. However, if there's a great book about, say, a British tanker in North Africa, I'd like to hear about it. I'm also looking for non-fiction but if there's a novel out there that would be accurate enough, that would read like a memoir, that's fine. Allies strongly preferred.
Suggestions of documentaries might be fine as long as they're a bit meatier than your average History Channel pile of crap.
Context, in case it will help: I build armor models and I'm trying to learn more about the environment in and around tanks in order to improve the building experience, and my son has been playing World of Tanks so I'm trying to latch on to that to get him into some history. Priority is me though, so the book doesn't need to be kid friendly.