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  1. Marines Under Armor: The Marine Corps and the Armored Fighting Vehicle, 1916-2000
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  2. Marines Under Armor: The Marine Corps and the Armored Fighting Vehicle, 1916-2000

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In this story of men, machines and missions, Kenneth Estes tells how the U.S. Marine Corps came to acquire the armored fighting vehicle and what it tried to do with it. The longtime Marine tank officer and noted military historian offers an insider's view of the Corps's acquisition and use of armored fighting vehicles over the course of several generations, a view that illustrates the characteristics of the Corps as a military institution and of the men who have guided its development. His book examines the planning, acquisition, and employment of tanks, amphibian tractors, and armored cars and explores the ideas that led to the fielding of these weapons systems along with the doctrines and tactics intended for them, and their actual use in combat.

Drawing on archival resources previously untouched by researchers and interviews of both past and serving crewmen, Estes presents a unique and unheralded story that is filled with new information and analysis of the armored vehicles, their leaders, and the men who drove these steel chariots into battle. Such authoritative detail and documentation of the decisions to acquire, develop, and organize armored units in the U.S. Marine Corps assures the book's acknowledgement as a definitive reference.

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Marines Under Armor is a history of the development, procurement and use of armor by the United States Marine Corps. Estes traces the origin of armor doctrine and use in the Marines from after the first world war through the end of the twentieth century. Between the world wars the Marines were trying to define their role in the US military and as part of that development the adoption of armor was discussed. As the book relates, the Marines initially tried to procure armor designed to their own unique requirements, but slashed budgets and the lack of a formal operational doctrine eventually drove the Corps to adopt the armored fighting vehicle types of the US Army prior to and during WW2. With the acceptance of the task of amphibious assaults against fortified beaches, the Marines did adopt unique designs such as the armored amphibious tractor. After WW2, during Korea, Vietnam and through to the Gulf War, the Marines maintained the policy of mostly using the same main battle tanks as... Read more
Well written and concise. The author focuses on acquisition, programmatics and doctrine - the exploits and combat history of Marine tank units are not covered in detail. Readers looking for coverage of tactical and operational details regarding Marine tank units in combat should look elsewhere. That said, the Marine Corps debate on armor, as it related to force structure and doctrine are well described. A great case study in how military services struggle to organize, train and equip for the next conflict.
This is a great book for the military history buff!

The book is constructed as a chronological narrative. The author recounts the story of the development of USMC armored doctrine and the selection/acquisition of armored vehicles from the start to the modern era. You get to explore the perspectives of "the old corps" attitudes, of the challenges of integrating mechanized tools of warfare into an infantry-based force, and the difficulties of offloading heavy vehicles over beaches.

If you've ever wondered what a Marmon-Herrington light tank looked like (oy, what an odd bird!), or how many M2 Light Tanks the Marines had in service in 1942, or how many M1A1 Abrams tanks the Marines had in service in 2000, you'll find your answers in here.

It is well written and a pleasure to read. Yet is is also a treasure trove of information.

So if you are intrigued by learning off-the-beaten-track historical information that is still relevant and meaningful... Read more
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