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5.0 von 5 Sternen Maintenance view of a WWII Armored Division in Europe, 31. Dezember 1998
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Hundreds of books have been written about armored warfare in World War II, usually from the viewpoint of a combat commander. "Death Traps" is a first hand account of the often overlooked area of maintenance support. Belton Cooper was a army Ordnance officer with the 3rd Armored Division. He gives a different perspective of the day to day life of supporting a combat command of the 3rd AD during WWII. He served as a laision officer with the duties of evaulating knocked out military vehicles, primarily M4 Sherman Tanks. His job was to determine if these tanks could be salvaged,rebuilt and be reissued to tank crews. It is already well known that America's main battle tank was far inferior to German Armor, but Cooper explains how the M4 met its fate through numerous encounters with German Panthers and Tigers. This required Tank Commanders to rethink Armored Warfare and to come up with ways to defeat the enemy. He explains in detail the numerous obstacles that had to be overcome from the Normandy landings all the way to the surrender of Germany. You will read of the development of the famous Cullen Hedgerow device that helped break the stalmate in the hedgerow country of Normandy. Also the first trials of the M26 Pershing Tank which was so badly needed by our troops to counter heavy German Armor but was refused by General George S. Patton. Pattons view was that we needed fast tanks to go to the enemys rear to disrupt supply and command elements, did not warrant tanks like the Pershing. Coopers evaluation of the Pershing shows that if we had this tank in great numbers the war in Europe could have been over much sooner and with less loss of life. Also there is the rare story of the use of the M26A1E2(aka M26E4) Super Pershing and its encounter with a Panther. This is a great book. As a Veteran Tank Commander I highly recommend this book be read by all Armor Officers and Tank Commanders. You will awe at the stories of horror when you have to clean out a destroyed tank and try to match up the body parts. You will laugh at the comical incidents soldiers often find themselves in. A great deal of thanks is due to Cooper for contributing this work. It is a much needed addition to the library's of our nation's history. The new millineum is upon us. We must encourage our veterans to write about their experience's before they are lost to time. Cooper has done this and we thank him.
Tom Holt Veteran, The Big Red One
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Rebuilding shot up Sherman tanks, 14. Juli 2000
Mr. Cooper was an ordinance officer with the 3rd Armored Division and his job was to reclaim shattered US tanks and return them to ordinance depot or other repair facilities and bring them back to action. If anyone knows the shortcomings of the Sherman tank it would be this man. His story is one of attrition, superior German tanks and SP guns being overwhelmed by the ability of American units to be resupplied with restored or new tanks. One interesting sidelight, Mr. Cooper is highly critical of Gen. George S. Patton's recommendation to build masses of Shermans rather than M-26 Pershings. The Pershing had much better protection, immensely better firepower and could have stood up to Panther and Tiger tanks much more successfuly than the Sherman. Patton thought the Sherman was more mobile but on muddy ground, the Pershing had more track width and was the quicker of the two. This is one of the best books on armored warfare and the war in the West in 1944 ever written. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Antworten auf viele Fragen, 14. April 2013
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Death Traps: The Survival of an American Armored Division in World War II (Taschenbuch)
In dem Buch death traps wird gut erklärt warum die amerikanischen Truppen mit dem völlig unbrauchbaren Sherman gegen die deutschen modernen Panther und Tiger kämpfen mussten. Nach Aussage von Belton Y. Cooper wurden von amerikanischer Seite nur die deutschen Kampfpanzer 3 und die Kampfpanzer 4 mit kurzer Kanone bewertet. Der Tiger und auch die sowjetischen T34 wurden überhaupt nicht ins Kalkül gezogen. Ferner wurde vorgesehen, dass die amerikanischen Sherman nicht gegen deutsche Panzer kämpfen sollen. Dies sollten die PAK-Einheiten übernehmen. Als Resultat dieser gravierenden Fehleinschätzungen wurde die Entwicklung, und vor allem die Herstellung des modernen M 26 Kampfpanzers endlos verzögert. Belton Y. Cooper vertritt die Meinung, dass hier General Patton eine große Mitschuld trug. Als "Der Panzerspezialist" war er anscheinend unangreifbar, seine Ansicht war entscheidend. In dem Buch Death Traps werden die Folgen dieser Fehleinschätzung drastisch geschildert. Hunderte Sherman Panzer fielen den deutschen Kampfpanzer zum Opfer. Belton Y. Cooper war Angehöriger einer Instandsetzungseinheit. Diese Einheiten mussten nach den Kämpfen die Toten aus den Panzern entfernen, die Panzer wieder reinigen und neu streichen. Der Autor vertritt sogar die Meinung, dass der Krieg um Monate früher hätte beendet werden, wenn die amerikanischen Truppen den M 26 frühzeitig zur Verfügung gehapt hätten.
Nicht umsonst gab er dem Buch den Namen death traps ( Todesfallen).
Ergebnis : Für jeden der sich für die Panzerwaffe interessiert ist das Buch ein Muß !
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Der Panzerkrieg mal aus US-Sicht, 1. August 2011
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Death Traps: The Survival of an American Armored Division in World War II (Taschenbuch)
Wer ein historisches Werk über den 2. Weltkrieg oder eine neutrale Betrachtung der US-Panzertruppe sucht wird enttäuscht werden. Dies Autor ist voreingenommen, patriotisch, sieht die Sache aus seiner begrenzten Weltsicht und mit seiner begrenzten Faktenlage. Kurz: Er ist ein Mensch der SEINE Erlebnisse niedergeschrieben hat

Der Autor war Wartungsoffizier in einer US-Panzereinheit im ETO und beschreibt den Krieg aus seiner Sicht. Das ganze hat stark den Charakter eines Tagebuchs und macht nicht den Versuch eine wissenschaftliche oder neutrale Beschreibung der Kämpfe zu liefern. Es ist einfach "Der Krieg von 1st Leutenant Cooper" mit jeder Menge Anekdoten, einem guten Schuss "WIR Amerikaner" und "die bösen Deutschen" und ohne jeden Versuch etwas zu beschönigen. Wer einmal eine Sicht auf den 2. Weltkrieg jehnseits von "History Channel" und "Geissel-Guido" braucht, wer wissen will was Soldaten so "zwischen den Schlachten" machen dem sei das Buch empfohlen. Wer einen Einblick in die Arbeiten der REMF, der wenig beachteten Wartungs- und Versorgungssoldaten braucht - hier ist er.

Sehr Interessant: Die Einheit des Autors war am "Panzergefecht vom Kölner Dom" beteiligt und er hat einige interessante Details die man aus anderen Quellen nicht bekommt.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Death Traps....small correction, 4. April 2000
In the first paragraph of Mr. Bridgman's review of January 20 2000 he gives the impression that the Third Armored Division of which Mr. Cooper writes in "Death Traps" arrived on Omaha Beach 6 months after D-Day. The Division landed on June 24th and saw combat very soon afterward. Mr. Bridgman was apparently referring to the 11th Armored. He is rightfully proud of his father's service in combat and should be. "Death Traps" reveals just what his father faced and tells it in a way that is very interesting to anyone especially those who were in it or had a loved or friend in it. Thank you for reading.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen What did you do in the war, Daddy?, 24. Januar 2000
Although I have been to Europe twice with my father as part of reunion groups I still wondered what happened on a day to day basis. As a unit arriving in the European theatre six months after D-Day they were still not battle tested until two weeks into the Battle of the Bulge. From this point, January 30, through the Palatinate, Central Europe, and to Passau into Czechoslovakia, he was constantly moving. We talked about the people and the land he crossed and I learned from other soldiers on those reunions the crisis and fatigue that was their daily life.
Death Traps captured all those moments and much of the day to day decisions that went into the trek the armies made into Central Europe. Sgt. Bridgman served in the 133rd Ordnance Maintenance, retrieving and repairing tanks for the 11th Armored Division. Anyone wondering how an Armored soldier lived, survived, and then dealt with the aftermath of war will cherish Lt. Cooper's contribution.
Belton Cooper's Naval architectural career is suspended by mobilization only to be applied when he field equips tanks with heavier armour when his units face the German Tiger tank. At that time my father was a young 21 driving a cigarette delivery truck in Detroit in 1942. By 1980, he retired as mid-level executive for General Motors. Ordnance Maintenance crafted the rest of his life as a skilled technical person and as a leader of people. Belton Cooper recaptures his life in those times and I find a reflection of many lives from his generations. This book becomes a part of my family's heritage that will be shared with my children and their children.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Excellent Account of Armored Combat in the ETO, 2. November 1999
Belton Cooper's description of the inadequacies of the M4 Sherman Tank and the superhuman efforts of maintenance crews to restore damaged ones to combat is very gripping. His book reflects his frustrations at having to send young, undertrained tank crews out to almost certain death in the face of Mark IV, Mark V and Mark VI German tanks. The author spares no criticism in his description of George S. Patton's recommendation to empasize manufacturing of the M4 Sherman over the M26 Pershing tank. Patton could not have been more wrong. "Death Traps" is about survival and resourcefulness in the face of brutal conditions. This book is a must read for anyone interested in America's armored forces in WW2.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen an eye-opener even to a vet of 3rd Armored Division...great!, 23. Oktober 1999
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I was in the 33rd Armored Regiment of which Mr. Cooper was maintenance liason officer. He was able to observe results of combat in a way which gave him a broad and true picture of the war. Very few people were in the position to observe it as he could. Hiss writings strike closer to the truth than anything I have been able to read before. His book should be required reading for any education dealing with wars, warfare and just general education on high school and college levels. It should be a required text book in any military training facility.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Thought provoking analysis of American vs. German armor., 9. Oktober 1999
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This book offers a damning indictment of American armor as it opposed the Wehrmacht on the Western Front in WWII. The gross inferiority of the Sherman tank when confronted with the likes of the Panther and Tiger is painfully brought out. Only the unsung heroism of sometimes poorly trained tank crews, exhaustive recovery and maintenance efforts, support from other arms, and sheer quantity of material enabled U.S. armor to overcome German Panzer units.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent insight to armored warfare, 16. Juli 1999
From reading this book I felt that Mr. Cooper provided little known facts regarding the entire spectrum of armored warfare. By relating his experience as an Ordance Officer in the United States Army during WWII, Mr. Cooper describes the organization, development, and deployment strategies of armored divisions from Normandy to the outskirts of Berlin. Cooper also details the design and development of the M-4 Sherman Tank, which was unfortunately dictated by politics. The inferiority of the Sherman Tank as compared to the German Panzers was also outlined in detail. Mr. Cooper also discusses little known facts regarding the developmnet of the M-26 Pershing and "Super Pershing". I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in WWII.
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