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The very idea that he promotes that you disregard an eyewitness account should be suspect to you. Belton coopers memoir of his world war ii service with the 3d armor division in europe is a gem. This was the old christy sic system, which had been developed by the americans some twenty years previously and had been adopted by the germans and. Apr 29, 2003 the book itself is called death traps and it refers to the thousands of crew members who died or were injured in sherman tanks because the tank was designed by a committee and it was no match for german panzers with far superior armour and firepower. Death traps ebook king county library system bibliocommons.

The survival of an american armored division in world war ii ebook. Cooper served as an ordnance officer with the ahead parts and used to be chargeable for coordinating the restoration and service of broken american tanks. Written by 3rd armored world war ii veteran belton cooper of birmingham, alabama, and first published in 1998, death traps has received wide acclaim in military circles. The book relates cooper s experiences during world war ii and puts forth an argument against the us armys use of the m4 sherman tank during the war. Cooper served with united state armys 3rd armored division fighting the germans in 19441945. Cooper pdf death traps is the military, fiction, action and adventure novel which plots the story of the retired. His stories are vivid, enlightening, full of lifeand of pain, sorrow, horror, and triumph. Belton was an ordnance officer in the 3rd armored div or spearhead division. As a young ordnance lieutenant in the 3d armor division, it was belton coopers job to travel with the combat units during the day and assist in coordinating the recovery, repair, and evacuation of the battledamaged tanks. It keeps coming up in forum threads as people keep citing it, so i figured i may as well make my position clear in a more formal manner. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read death traps. Cooper served as an ordnance liaison officer of the us 3rd armored division from the invasion of normandy until the end of the war. Ambrose from his foreword in a downtoearth style, death traps tells the.

This was a heavy armored division that was the tip of the spear of the allied advance across europe. I have never before been able to learn so much about maintenance methods of an armored division, with precise details that underline the importance of the work, along with descriptions of how the job was done. Cooper saw more of the war than most junior officers, and he writes about it better than almost anyone. Death traps is the military, fiction, action and adventure novel which plots the story of the retired. Cooper served as an ordnance liaison officer of the us 3rd armored division from the invasion of. His book reflects his frustrations at having to send young, undertrained tank crews out to almost certain death in the face of mark iv, mark v and mark vi german tanks. The book itself is called death traps and it refers to the thousands of crew members who died or were injured in sherman tanks because the tank was designed by a committee and it was no match for german panzers with far superior armour and firepower. In a downtoearth style, death traps tells the compelling story of one mans assignment to the famous 3rd armored division that spearheaded the american advance from normandy into germany. Cooper served as an ordnance officer with the forward elements and was responsible for coordinating the recovery and repair. Read death traps the survival of an american armored division in world war ii by belton y. Death traps by belton cooper is a memoir of his us army service in world war 2.

He served in the unit responsible for recovering damaged and destroyed tanks. Losses of us sherman crew in ww2 sat at around 8% while infantry at %. The survival of an american armored division in world war ii by belton y. The book, commonly found, is wellwritten, an easy read, and provides good insight as to the thinkings and workings of a junior grade ordnance officer in a field unit. In a downtoearth sort, death traps tells the compelling tale of 1 mans task to the recognized third armored department that spearheaded the yankee enhance from normandy into germany. Belton cooper s description of the inadequacies of the m4 sherman tank and the superhuman efforts of maintenance crews to restore damaged ones to combat is very gripping. The pershing track was supported by large, overlapping bogey wheels suspended on torsion bar spring systems. Coopers experiences in the battle to defeat germany. The survival of an american armored division in world war ii english edition ebook. Aug 28, 2000 as a young ordnance lieutenant in the 3d armor division, it was belton cooper s job to travel with the combat units during the day and assist in coordinating the recovery, repair, and evacuation of the battledamaged tanks. Belton cooper s book death traps is a good book about the sherman. Cooper, 9780891418146, download free ebooks, download free pdf epub ebook. I have never before been able to learn so much about mai. Death traps the survival of an american armored division in world war ii ebook.

With a forward by popular historian stephen ambrose and the backing of a major publisher, death traps has become quite well known amongst ww2 history aficionados. Death traps is the fiction, military, action, thriller and adventure novel which plots the story of the retired army officer cooper. Cooper 2003, paperback at the best online prices at ebay. The survival of an american armored division in world war ii, 2003. The survival of an american armored division in world war ii is a 1998 memoir by belton y. Cooper served as an ordnance officer with the forward elements and was responsible for coordinating the recovery and repair of damaged american tanks.

Cooper random house publishing group, dec 18, 2007 history 384 pages. Ambrose from his foreword in a downtoearth style, death traps tells the compelling story of one mans assignment to the famous 3rd armored division that spearheaded. Death traps is a reliable source because it is an eyewitness account. Belton youngblood cooper october 4, 1917 may 26, 2007 served in the reserve. Death traps the survival of an american armored division in. Ambrose from his foreword in a downtoearth style, death traps tells the compelling story of one mans assignment to the famous 3rd armored division that spearheaded the american advance from normandy into germany. The united states world war 2 main battle tank, the m4 sherman was obsolete by 1944. Belton cooper was a mechanic during the war, and thus lacked a good overall perspective of the shermans performance. The sherman had the second highest crew survivability of any ww2 tank second only to the mk vii churchill.

When author belton cooper found himself assigned to the hardcharging 3d armored division, he discovered that recovering the divisions brokendown, battle damaged, and even destroyed tanks often took him and his team of technical experts to the front lines, and. I read this book immediately after reading spearhead. Dec 18, 2007 his stories are vivid, enlightening, full of lifeand of pain, sorrow, horror, and triumph. Stephen sewell, armor magazine coopers writing and recall of harrowing. Cooper seems very confused on the topic of suspensions. Jan 29, 2015 invariably, when this topic is raised in an online forum, someone will bring up the book death traps by belton cooper. His laments about shermans being no good against tigers and panthers are questionable, as his unit did not encounter tigers and panthers when he.

Death traps is a very good memoir by belton cooper. Belton coopers description of the inadequacies of the m4 sherman tank and the superhuman efforts of maintenance crews to restore damaged ones to combat is very gripping. The book relates coopers experiences during world war ii and puts forth an argument against the us armys use of the m4 sherman tank during the war. The survival of an american armored division in world war ii belton y. Because eyewitness accounts are always 100% correct and should be take at face value.

An important contribution to the history of world war ii. Over 52,000 copies have been sold, and a third printing is set for 2006. About death traps an important contribution to the history of world war ii. For the same reason internet hobby historians love to rate the tiger ll as the greatest tank ever the m1 abrams is based off it dontcha know and routinely place rommel at the top of the list of greatest generals ever. He was there, he lived through it, he wrote about it. Death traps, the survival of an american armored division. Cooper, 9780891418146, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide.

Cooper s experiences in the battle to defeat germany. Aug 21, 2016 with regards to ww2, many socalled experts have determined that the american m4 sherman tank was one of the worst weapons fielded by the allies. Death traps, belton y cooper shop online for books in. As a member of the 3d armored division maintenance battalion, he had liaison duties that took him far and wide, so he saw more of the war than most junior officers, and he writes about it better than most anyone. Invariably, when this topic is raised in an online forum, someone will bring up the book death traps by belton cooper. Sep 30, 2016 for the same reason internet hobby historians love to rate the tiger ll as the greatest tank ever the m1 abrams is based off it dontcha know and routinely place rommel at the top of the list of greatest generals ever. Death traps an important contribution to the history of world war ii. Death traps, the survival of an american armored division in. The survival of an american armored division in world war ii. Ambrose from his foreword in a downtoearth style, death traps tells the compelling story of one mans assignment to the famous 3rd armored division that. The survival of an american armored division in world war ii, death traps, belton y. Belton cooper makes it seem as though to go to battle in a sherman meant certain death.

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