Swimming Shermans: Sherman DD amphibious tank of World War II (New Vanguard)

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The Sherman DD (Duplex Drive) tank was designed to preserve the element of surprise during an amphibious assault. This book explores the development and modifications of the Sherman DD by the Allied forces, focusing on their deployment during the D-Day landings. It also discusses the many variations of the Sherman DD, including the Valentine DD tank and its role as a training tank in Britain and limited operational use in Italy. David Fletcher describes the rigorous training programme that the American, British and Canadian troops must endure to use the swimming Shermans, and he examines their successes and tragic failures on the beaches of Normandy.

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The Sherman DD (Duplex Drive) tank was a brilliant innovation; the design and development of a tank that could float and even 'swim' in water was controversial. Each tank was enveloped in a waterproofed canvas screen, launched at sea from landing craft and then 'swam' to shore, where the screens were deflated, allowing the tanks to operate as fighting vehicles. This book discusses the Sherman DD's many variants, including the prototype Valentine DD tank and examines the successes and tragic failures on the beaches of Normandy and further into North-West Europe, including the challenge of crossing the River Rhine.

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"There is particularly good coverage of the mechanical aspects of the flotation and dual-drive apparatuses of the tanks. The black and white photos and Tony Bryan's original color artwork contribute toward the reader's understanding of the workings of these vehicles. "Swimming Shermans "is an excellent study of one of the more innovative designs in WWII armor, and a tribute to the courageous crews who manned those tanks." -"Military Vehicles"

"David Fletched is a historian at the Tank Museum in Bovington, U.K. and has spent over forty years studying the development of British armoured vehicles during the two World Wars. This experience is apparent in his new study of the Sherman DD (duplex drive) amphibious tank of World War II. His direct contact with the extensive WWII armour collection at Bovington has clearly allowed him to attain a complete understanding of not only British prototypes, but American models as well..." -Dr. Aaron P Plamondon, "Canadian Army Journal "(Winter 2006)
"Again the people at Osprey deserve great credit, they cover all the aspects of combat." -Alex Ness, "popthought.com
""There is particularly good coverage of the mechanical aspects of the flotation and dual-drive apparatuses of the tanks. The black and white photos and Tony Bryan's original color artwork contribute toward the reader's understanding of the workings of these vehicles. "Swimming Shermans "is an excellent study of one of the more innovative designs in WWII armor, and a tribute to the courageous crews who manned those tanks." -"Military Vehicles"

"Again the people at Osprey deserve great credit, they cover all the aspects of combat." -Alex Ness, "popthought.com
""There is particularly good coverage of the mechanical aspects of the flotation and dual-drive apparatuses of the tanks. The black and white photos and Tony Bryan's original color artwork contribute toward the reader's understanding of the workings of these vehicles. "Swimming Shermans "is an excellent study of one of the more innovative designs in WWII armor, and a tribute to the courageous crews who manned those tanks." -"Military Vehicles
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"David Fletcher is a historian at the Tank Museum in Bovington, U.K. and has spent over forty years studying the development of British armoured vehicles during the two World Wars. This experience is apparent in his new study of the Sherman DD (duplex drive) amphibious tank of World War II. His direct contact with the extensive WWII armour collection at Bovington has clearly allowed him to attain a complete understanding of not only British prototypes, but American models as well..." -Dr. Aaron P Plamondon, "Canadian Army Journal "(Winter 2006)
"I found this book to be quite interesting as it covers the DD's very well. From a modeller's standpoint, I think that some of the photo coverage is weak, as there just aren't quite enough detail photos...the color plates are quite good, especially the center spread which shows quite well how the flotation screen sets up. I highly recommend this book for armor modellers, especially, "Shermanaholics."" -Chris Hughes, "Armorama "(July 2006)

I found this book to be quite interesting as it covers the DD's very well. From a modeller's standpoint, I think that some of the photo coverage is weak, as there just aren't quite enough detail photos...the color plates are quite good, especially the center spread which shows quite well how the flotation screen sets up. I highly recommend this book for armor modellers, especially, 'Shermanaholics.' Chris Hughes, Armorama (July 2006)"

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