US Marine Corps Tank Crewman 1965 70

US Marine Corps Tank Crewman 1965 70 Cover

US Marine Corps Tank Crewman 1965 70


By Ed Gilbert; Oscar Gilbert; Howard Gerrard (Illustrator)

Osprey Publishing (UK), Paperback, 9781841767185, 64pp.

Publication Date: October 22, 2004

By 1960, following Korea, tanks and their crews had proved themselves to be a fundamental part of the Marine Corps' combined arms team. When the Marines were ordered to Vietnam in 1965, they took their tanks with them. This book explores this decision, which created a political storm. The presence of the tanks became a lightning rod for accusations of an 'escalation' of the war. Nevertheless, the tanks not only proved their value in the anti-guerrilla campaigns, but also amid the bitter conventional fighting and extraordinary casualties at Hue City. The ability to undertake such radical change and to prevail demonstrated the versatility, courage and tenacity that are the hallmarks of the 'ordinary' Marine.

About the Author
ED GILBERT is a native of Alabama, with a lifelong interest in the Creek War. He was a Marine Corps artilleryman, an NCO instructor in the USMCR, a college professor, and for 28 years worked in geological research and oil and gas exploration worldwide. Now semiretired, he works only on special projects. In addition to other volumes for Osprey, Ed is the author of a three-volume series on the history of Marine Corps tank units: Marine Tank Battles in the Pacific; Marine Corps Tank Battles in Korea; and Marine Corps Tank Battles in Vietnam. He is currently at work on a fourth volume covering the involvement of Marine Corps tank units in Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, and Somalia, as well as a study of the mechanization of the Fleet Marine Force divisions in World War II.

OSCAR E. GILBERT, Ph.D., is a former marine artilleryman and currently a geoscientist living in Texas. His previous published works include the widely acclaimed "Marine Tank Battles in the Pacific" (2001) and "Marine Corps Tank Battles in Korea" (2003).

Dr Robert A. Forczyk has a PhD in International Relations and National Security from the University of Maryland and a strong background in European and Asian military history. He is currently a lieutenant colonel in the US Army Reserves and has served 18 years as an armour officer in the US 2nd and 4th Infantry Divisions and as an intelligence officer in the 29th Infantry Division (Light). The author lives in Laurel, MD.

Praise For US Marine Corps Tank Crewman 1965 70

"This is a very interesting book, which provides a great starter for anyone studying Marine Corp tank operations during the 1960s. From a modeller's point of view, the detailed descriptions and excellent artwork will prove very useful and will, no doubt, be a source of inspiration for many Vietnam dioramas." -Rowan Baylis, Armorama (November 2004)