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3rd Armored Division - Book List #1
Books where the 3AD or its units
are the primary subject matter

  WWII  "Spearhead in the West"
Published: January, 1946
By 3AD G-2 & G-3 Staff
Publisher: 3AD/U.S. Army
Printed in Frankfurt/M, Germany
ISBN: none
Note: Re-printed in 1980 by Battery Press (USA)
ISBN: 0-89839-030-3 (for re-print)
Description: A detailed, vibrant history of the 3AD from 1941 to 1945 including photos, illustrations, maps, and a G-3 Official Record of Combat.
  WWII "Spearhead in the West"
Updated 2nd & 3rd Editions
Published: 1991 (2nd) and 2000 (3rd)
By Haynes W. Dugan, Dan Peterson, 3AD PAO, and others
Publisher: Turner Publishing (USA)
ISBN: 1-56311-021-0
Description (for both editions): An abridged history of 3AD from 1941 to 1992, including personal accounts and photos of 3AD WWII vets, and informative but limited material on the Cold War and Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm). Virtually all of the original text and graphics from the WWII 1946 edition are not included in these 2nd and 3rd editions.

  WWII "Major General Maurice Rose,
World War II's Greatest Forgotten Commander"
Published: 2003
By Steven L. Ossad and Don R. Marsh
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (USA)
ISBN: 0-87833-308-8
Description: Biography of 3AD's driven, legendary leader, including his early military career, his WWII battlefield successes, his death with war's end only weeks away, and the post-war controversy over his religion (whether Jewish or Protestant). Well written and extraordinarily researched, this book is essential for anyone studying 3AD history. There is much new and intriguing information about both Rose and the Division, coming nearly 60 years after his death.

  WWII "Death Traps"
Published: 1998
By Belton Y. Cooper
Publisher: Presidio Press (USA)
ISBN: 0-89141-670-6
Description: Despite its ominous title, and the fact that the book in part does describe the horrors of war, this is a unique and often fascinating account of a variety of 3AD activities during 1944-45. The focus is partly on tanks damaged in combat and their retrieval and repair, often in risky situations. The term "Death Traps" refers to the Sherman tank, and there is poignant discussion about the handicaps of its protective armor and often ineffective main gun when facing German heavy tanks. Despite the Sherman's good points, such as maneuverability and mechanical reliability, the author cannot dismiss the terrible loss of life among its crews due to the original decision by the Army to stand by the tank's mass deployment. Written with great clarity by a 3AD WWII veteran (ordinance & maintenance officer), the book also sheds light on the importance of support troops and on the vast & critical effort required in keeping American forces supplied and on the move. Those topics and others prove to be surprisingly absorbing in this, the first book of a gifted natural writer.

  WWII "The Hotton Report"
Published: 2006
By Robert K. McDonald
Publisher: Finbar Press (USA)
ISBN: 0-9665753-8-5
Description (from the book's Foreword): "In December 1944, the Allied Expeditionary Forces under General Dwight D. Elsenhower were caught sleeping by Hitler's surprise offensive through the Ardennes region of Belgium and Luxembourg. Tens of thousands of troops scrambled to plug the gaping holes in the American lines, shocked by the strength of the assault. Among them was General Rose, the mustang officer who had risen from the rank of Private to command the elite 3rd Armored Division, and who suddenly found himself in his toughest fight without the firepower of two of his three combat commands. Complicating matters, terrible weather had grounded the Allied planes that dominated the skies of Europe. Fighting 'blind' without reconnaissance and air cover was a new challenge for Rose, His reputation for aggressiveness had been established while spearheading the Army's VII Corps across France and Belgium into Germany. Now the tables were turned. ... Until now, the battle for Hotton ranked in the top tier of worthy but untold stories of World War II. McDonald has sifted through the facts to give us the brutal picture of those determined troops who held this vital crossroads 'at all cost.' His characterization of the soldiers who fought there is a moving tribute to their courage."

Don R. Marsh
Tustin, California, November 2006

  WWII "Five Stars to Victory"
Published: 1949
By A. Eaton Roberts
Publisher: Atlas Printing & Engraving (USA)
ISBN: none
Description: Detailed, often gripping account, including a fine photo collection, of the exploits of Task Force Lovelady, 2nd Bn (Reinf.), 33rd Armored Regiment, during ten months of combat in 1944-45. Written by a 3AD veteran of the Task Force (Medical Corps captain & surgeon), the book surprisingly deals more with the sights, sounds, personalities, and flow of combat, rather than with field medical issues. "Five Stars" designates the five campaigns of the 3AD: Normandy, Northern France & Belgium, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe.

  WWII "Freineux and Lamormenil - The Ardennes"
Published: 1994
By George Winter
Publisher: J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing (Canada)
ISBN: 0-921991-20-7
Description: Though not a major operation in the Battle of the Bulge, the action at Freineux and Lamormenil, Belgium, in the Christmas season of 1944, has been painstakingly reconstructed using both American and German documents and photographs. The result is a most unusual and personal look at the men of a portion of Task Force Kane, 3AD, and the German soldiers they fought against, including many of their faces, and their fates, on both sides.

  WWII "Fate's Finger"
Published: 2001
By Robert W. Christie, M.D.
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation (USA)
ISBN: 1-4010-2914-0
Description: A "fictionalized memoir" is how the author (and 3AD WWII tank lieutenant veteran) describes his work. But it's clear, and by his own admission, that there is mostly truth and historical accuracy to this often riveting account of a small group of Sherman tankers battling the odds of survival from The Bulge to the Elbe River. The author's wit and wisdom, and the irony and humor of the book, make this great reading for soldiers of any era. As a result of the inclusion of some fiction, the author (or his publisher) felt the need to disguise his division as the "33rd" Armored Division. Sadly, nowhere in the book is the 3AD or "Spearhead" mentioned by name, nor the identify of his actual tank regiment, unless "33rd" (as in Armored Regiment, instead of Division) was a clever way to sneak it in.

  WWII  "Another River, Another Town"
Published: 2002
By John P. Irwin
Publisher: Random House (USA)
ISBN: 0-375-50775-2
Description: The author, a 3AD WWII veteran (33rd Armored Regiment), joined the Division as a teenage replacement tank gunner after the capture of Cologne. For the next roughly five weeks, until combat would end, he would experience with his crew a remarkable odyssey of horror, fatigue, and a complete acceptance of "kill or be killed" instincts. The author writes as if he truly still were that innocent, questioning youth going through a rapid transformation. Along the way, a very deep bond develops with his tank crew, which, by chance, was assigned the still-experimental T26E4-1 "Super Pershing" tank for two weeks (although the number designation and "Super" term are not used in the book). It was the only such tank in Europe. With the author factually as gunner, the special, long-barreled, 90mm cannon of that tank was to make its presence felt, including the destruction of a Tiger II, Germany's most formidable tank.

"Faraway Thunder, A Journey through
Army Life and the Gulf War"
Published: 1999
By Carey Jones
Publisher: Vista Publishing (USA)
ISBN: 0-9672615-0-3
Description: This is a solid, personal, journal-like account of a soldier who served from 1988 to 1991 with the 3AD, spanning both the end of the Cold War and the start and end of the Gulf War. As a communications maintenance specialist, and assigned to the 4th Bn, 32nd Armor, 1st Brigade, at Kirch-Goens, that MOS would have the advantage in both Germany and the Gulf of allowing the author to travel around considerably within the 4th Bn and on special assignments. The traveling allowed more exposure to different sights and situations which he describes in a vivid, readable way. The Gulf accounts include 3AD desert life, the start of the ground war, battle scenes, decimated enemy vehicles, oil-field fires, and the 1st Brigade's post-war duties in Bosra and Safwan. It also includes his learning of the combat deaths of two 4th Bn scouts, when their Bradley Vehicle was hit by an Iraqi T-72 tank main gun and machine gun rounds. The author describes an emotional, teary eyed, but controlled, Major Gen. Funk, division commander, speaking in front of the Battalion about those deaths.


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