read: Death Traps: The Survival of an American Armored Division in World War II by Benton Y. Cooper (2003)
Great History videos kind of long:Synopsis
"Cooper saw more of the war than most junior officers, and he writes about it better than almost anyone. . . . His stories are vivid, enlightening, full of lifeand of pain, sorrow, horror, and triumph." STEPHEN E. AMBROSE From his Foreword "In a down-to-earth style, Death Traps tells the compelling story of one man's 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 of damaged American tanks. This was a dangerous job that often required him to travel alone through enemy territory, and the author recalls his service with pride, downplaying his role in the vast effort that kept the American forces well equipped and supplied. . . . [Readers] will be left with an indelible impression of the importance of the support troops and how dependent combat forces were on them." Library Journal "[ DEATH TRAPS ] FILLS A CRITICAL GAP IN WW2 LITERATURE. . . . IT'S A TRULY UNIQUE AND VALUABLE WORK." G.I. Journal
A memoir by a World War II ordinance officer offers a behind-the-scenes account of his ordnance inspections during the European campaign, detailing his experiences on the front line and his job coordinating the recovery and repair of damaged American tanks. Reprint.
Stephen Ambrose said Cooper "saw more of the war than most. . . and he writes about it better than almost anyone." Publishers Weekly called it "Without a doubt, this is one of the finest WWII memoirs ever written." Maintenance seems an unlikely place to encounter in danger. When author Belton Cooper found himself assigned to the hard-charging 3d Armored Division, he discovered that recovering the division's broken-down, battle damaged, and even destroyed tanks often took him and his team of technical experts to the front lines, and even beyond. So critical was the need for replacement combat-ready tanks that Cooper and his recovery team had to go to extreme lengths to pick up the pieces from the battlefield, even if the battle was not yet over. Particularly notable is his criticism of the Sherman tank and of General Patton.
13 min https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns6l7sCoWX4
25 min https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bj0AzL95Weg
2 short oral histories https://archives.library.illinois.edu/b ... tanks-ww2/