Tank Destroyer vehicles were new types of tanks that made their first appearance on the battlefield in World War II. As military tactics had continued to evolve and fast movement was vital, the use of tanks with infantry support became a cornerstone of ground operations. An effective fighting countermeasure to the tanks became the Tank Destroyer.
A Tank Destroyer is simply a self propelled anti tank gun. They were typically lightly armored, but much faster and maneuverable than regular battle tanks. This allowed them to work in small quarters but also at long range. They could maneuver for a shot and use hit an run tactics before a large tank could crank their turret around for a shot. These features made the tank destroyer very effective on the battlefield.
The most common U.S. tank destroyer or TD in WWI was the 3in Gun Motor Carriage M10. Later models included the 90mm Gun Motor Carriage M36 and the 76mm Gun Motor Carriage M18. Some TD units were assigned to Armored Divisions, while others were attached to Infantry Units.
Combat Reels has a number of tank destroyer scenes on various films. If you are a TD enthusiast, check out the following DVDs:
1st Infantry Division in Europe Fall 1944
2nd Infantry Division in Normandy
2nd Infantry Division in Europe Fall 1944
4th Infantry Division in Normandy
9th Infantry Division in Normandy
9th Infantry Division in Europe Fall 1944
28th Infantry Division in Europe Fall 1944
30th Infantry Division in Europe Fall 1944
79th Infantry Division in Normandy
79th Infantry Division in Europe Fall 1944
36th Infantry Division in Europe Fall 1944
45th Infantry Division in Europe Fall 1944
104th Infantry Division in Europe Fall 1944
82nd Airborne Division
Invasion of Normandy
The D-Day Landings
45th Infantry Division
Liberation of Western Europe
Southern Invasion of France
94th Infantry Division
Winter War: The Bulge and Beyond
Patton's Third Army
Cobra to the Rhine
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