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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (11 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841769835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841769837
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.4 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Again the people at Osprey deserve great credit, they cover all the aspects of combat." -Alex Ness, "popthought.com ""There is particularly good coverage of the mechanical aspects of the flotation and dual-drive apparatuses of the tanks. The black and white photos and Tony Bryan's original color artwork contribute toward the reader's understanding of the workings of these vehicles. "Swimming Shermans "is an excellent study of one of the more innovative designs in WWII armor, and a tribute to the courageous crews who manned those tanks." -"Military Vehicles""David Fletcher is a historian at the Tank Museum in Bovington, U.K. and has spent over forty years studying the development of British armoured vehicles during the two World Wars. This experience is apparent in his new study of the Sherman DD (duplex drive) amphibious tank of World War II. His direct contact with the extensive WWII armour collection at Bovington has clearly allowed him to attain a complete understanding of not only British prototypes, but American models as well..." -Dr. Aaron P Plamondon, "Canadian Army Journal "(Winter 2006) "I found this book to be quite interesting as it covers the DD's very well. From a modeller's standpoint, I think that some of the photo coverage is weak, as there just aren't quite enough detail photos...the color plates are quite good, especially the center spread which shows quite well how the flotation screen sets up. I highly recommend this book for armor modellers, especially, "Shermanaholics."" -Chris Hughes, "Armorama "(July 2006)

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David Fletcher was born in 1942. He has written a number of books and articles on military subjects and is currently the historian at the Tank Museum, Bovington, UK. He has spent over 40 years studying the development of British armoured vehicles during the two World Wars.

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At 21 was in Swimming Sherman on D.Day 06/06 1944 and landed.B squadron 13/18 R.hussars (Q.M.O.) mentioned in book.In war action for next 11 months.Regiment lost 149 killed,over 300 wounded including self.WW11 should be not forgotten.Now at 90 was asked by Brad Pitt filming new movie FURY what it was like,!!!!!!!!Google B...P....Fury/Peter Comfort,my reply War ai'nt heaven!!!!!! but think your company Amazon is. ..........Peter.R.Comfort.
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Good book and a great read glad to get it hope they do one on the comet tank soon ????????? Thank you.
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mildly disappointing 15 Jan. 2007
By Gary E. Binder - Published on Amazon.com
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WW2 marked the first use of tanks being used to support a force attacking from the sea. The Allies had to develop ways to get tanks ashore to support their troops, especially in Europe where the threat of a counter a attack by German tanks was always present. This book is not one of my favorite of the Osprey Vanguard series. This book is flawed by too narrow a focus and too much extraneous material. The proper title should have been "British Swimming Shermans in Europe". All the material is about the British attempt to develop and use the Duplex Drive version of the "Sherman" tank. This book goes into detail about the process of developing and training British tank crews on the DD tanks - starting with the developments based on a British "Valentine" tank. Later there are accounts of several British units use of the DD "Sherman", but very little on the US Army's use of the same equipment, and no mention of the fact that the US built 350 DD tanks using plans provided by the British. There is NO mention of the US use of DD tanks in Southern France or the Rhine crossing. There is also not even passing mention of the US developments in floating tanks ashore. There is a lot more to the DD story, from both nations, that was omitted. This book does provide information on the original engineering of the project, but little else in the way of new material.
Excellent coverage of an intriguing tank 14 Dec. 2007
By Kenneth P. Katz - Published on Amazon.com
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The amphibious DD tanks was one of the more interesting weapons to be used in World War II. Tanks are interently heavy and dense objects, so making one float is clearly a major engineering project. The British response to the need for floating tanks to support amphibious invasions was an interesting if clumsy technological solution.

This book is a standard Osprey New Vanguard treatment of the subject: background, technical description and operational overview, with excellent color plates. After reading the book, I had a good understanding of how the DD tanks worked, how it was used in combat, and what were its limitations.
A good book but a bit sparse in facts 2 April 2013
By D. Escobar - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought for a project some of my students were doing, it was a good source for them because info on the Sherman DD is hard to come by, but it would have been even better with more facts, some primary sources (like oral interviews), etc.
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