Armies of the Vietnam War 1962-75 (Men-at-Arms, Volume 104) by Philip Katcher

By Philip Katcher

Philip Katcher offers an summary to the clash that engulfed Vietnam following the department of the rustic into alongside the seventeenth Parallel in 1954. The uniforms and insignia of the U.S. forces, together with the military, particular Forces, air strength, army and marine corps, are handled intimately, including these of the ARVN, the Allied Forces (such because the Royal Thai military and Korean troops), and likewise the Communist NLF (Viet Cong) and NVA forces. Mike Chappell's vibrant art presents lots of aspect to accompany this authoritative text.

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It was initially in silver only for award to tank com­ manders, drivers, gunners and radio operators who took part in three armoured assaults on three sepa­ rate days. From 1 June 1940, it was also given in a bronze version to Panzer grenadiere and associated medical personnel, and to armoured car crews. On 22 June 1943, larger numbered Tank Battle Badges were introduced, since it had by then become apparent that the basic badge was insuffi­ cient to recognise the mounting number of actions that a Panzer crewman might have participated in.

From 1 June 1940, it was also given in a bronze version to Panzer grenadiere and associated medical personnel, and to armoured car crews. On 22 June 1943, larger numbered Tank Battle Badges were introduced, since it had by then become apparent that the basic badge was insuffi­ cient to recognise the mounting number of actions that a Panzer crewman might have participated in. The new grades had one of the numerals '25', '50', ' 7 5 ' or '100' in a box at the base of the badge, to indicate participation in that number of assaults.

It was not until 1 May, however, the day after Hitler's death, that approval for the award was finally given, and the chaotic situation in Germany at that time meant that normal production was out of the question. The 20th Mountain Army surren­ dered to the British in Norway on 8 May, and the Germans soon found that their captor, General Thorne, unlike most Allied commanders, allowed his prisoners to wear their military decorations. In view of this, Bohme's soldiers decided to make their shield themselves.

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