The United States Fourth Armored Division
Patton’s Vanguard presents an enthusiastic account of the almost legendary battles of the United States Fourth Armored Division. I grew up with the believe that Second Armored Division was Patton’s best but I believe I was proved wrong by this excellent book. From its World War II origins through the relief of the 101st Airborne Division during the Battle of Bulge, this division shined. From the breakout of Normandy at Avranches, the isolation of the Brittany peninsula, the dash across France, the tank battles at Arracourt, this division fought with fervor and defeated all challenges. The accounts were assembled through the use of original unit combat diaries and after-action reports, memoirs of key historical figures and abundant supplementary documents and correspondences. But the essence of the book are the first-hand recollections from members of the division gathered by the author. With maps, drawings and photographs. The author Don Fox did an awesome job on this book and we should add this to our collections.