1.4 – The Tank Destroyers of El Guettar

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The 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, the first of its kind, was stood up in 1941. The theory governing their use had yet to be tested on the field of battle. In November of the following year, Lieutenant Colonel Hershel Baker and the men of the 601st found themselves on the Queen Mary departing for that ultimate of testing grounds. Only a few months later, they found themselves along Gabès Road in Tunisia with the 10th Panzer Division bearing down upon them.

1.3 – Seseña: The Interwar Proving Ground

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Well before the threat of World War II entered societies’ collective minds, smaller regional conflicts gradually simmered away across Europe. One of these, the Spanish Civil War, might not have drawn much notice from leaders in the United States, but the same could not be said for those who ruled Germany and the Soviet Union. In it, they found the perfect testing ground for the future weapons that would come to define the 1940s and much of our world to this day.

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1.2 – Patton at the Saint-Mihiel Salient

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Near the end of 1917, a young captain by the name of George S. Patton received orders from the Colonel Samuel Rockenbach, the Chief of the newly created U.S. Tank Corps. Patton was tasked with developing the U.S. light tank school to train soldiers in how to operate the small, two-man Renault FT-17. However, it wasn’t long before Patton needed to take what he’d been teaching in the classroom and test it out on the field of battle at the Saint-Mihiel Salient.

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1.1 – High Wood (Prologue)

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In the midst of World War I, the lumbering giants that were early tanks first came onto the battlefield. But what were they a response to, and what did they replace?

In the prologue to season one on armor, Angry Staff Officer and Adin tell the story of Deccan Horse, the cavalry unit responsible for the last charge of WWI before tanks could face down machine gun fire with little more than a dent.

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