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Team Yankee Paperback – Apr 1989


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Star; New Ed edition (April 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0352323256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0352323255
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 669,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
A super book descibing the much fancied Warsaw Pact - NATO conflict in early 1980s Europe. Inspired by "The Third World War" by Gen Sir John Hackett et al.
Team Yankee follows a group of approx 100 US Army soldiers in tanks and other vehicles as they fight in the bigger plot set by the other book.
Lacking glamour it emphasises that war is not pleasant but incredibly wasteful and tiring, which strikes a note. A good 'lets see what we could have won sketch' especially for the residents of Birmingham. Even better when read after the 'Third World War' book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By fennek@hetnet.nl on 22 Jan. 2002
Format: Paperback
I've read the book three times in a period of 9 years now. Everytime it has been a great pleasure. Being an officer in the Dutch Cavalry I could relate to this gripping story about armoured warfare. Allthough I haven't been in combat, I'm sure that Coyle paints a very good picture of it. Images of simular experiences during training missions where constantly in the back of my head.
I've also read his other books. Offcourse it's more of the same, but if it's great: Who cares!
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If you are not a lover of war stories, this is one to avoid. If, on the other hand, you are fascinated by the intricate details of tanks, guns and missiles, helicopters, combined-arms strategy and everything to do with modern armoured warfare - grab it! Like Tom Clancy's brilliant "Red Storm Rising" and Ralph Peters' equally good "Red Army", this book describes a fictional Soviet assault on Western Europe some time in the 1990s. It differs from them in focussing tightly on a single tank unit - the Team Yankee of the title. From the defensive positions in which they weather the frightful onslaught of Warsaw Pact armies, to their breakout into the fast mobile warfare for which they were designed, we follow the men of Team Yankee and their M1 Abrams main battle tanks through thick and thin.
Harold Coyle's debut novel reveals him to be fully conversant with all aspects of the US and Soviet armies, with a detailed grasp of the technology, the fog of war and the ways of men in battle. Within the rather narrow set of circumstances within which the action is played out, he keeps the tension high and makes it hard to put the book down, even for a moment. About the only criticism that comes to mind is that the US forces, while not having it all their own way, do seem to keep the upper hand rather consistently. Highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Howitt on 9 Mar. 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Recently I've been on a world war 3 kick, so after readying Red Storm Rising and Chieftains I got hold of Team Yankee. Whilst these other books portray a somewhat realistic balance of forces Team Yankee seems to indulge in a large amount of American flag waving.

The book tells the tale of Team Yankee which is a tank company based in Germany at the start of WW3. The start of the book covers the lead up of the war from the perspective of Bannon who's the hero of the story. The other point of view is the portrayal of Bannons wife's escape from Germany at the start of the war.
This section does not go into any political detail which is OK but if you wanted some Tom Clancy esque intrigue then you may be disappointed.
The sections which cover Bannons wife are terrible. She's a very thin character and is the stereotype weak wife, the escape story is just a case of her seeing some civilians getting killed at the air force base and then taking a flight, end of.

Once the shooting starts things start to improve, for a time. The author obviously did his homework and gives plenty of detail on equipment and tactics. It's a shame that the author cannot write interesting characters. The hero is almost a blank sheet and you won't really feel an attachment to any of the others.

The Russian commanders seem almost like moustache twirling villains from a B movie. They are highly incompetent; the American forces rack up massive body counts while Team Yankee takes minimal losses. You won't find any mention of other NATO forces either, apparently its pretty much the US vs. USSR in this face off.

In summery, avoid. It had promise but flat characters and a huge amount of flag waving kills any tension.
I would instead recommend Chieftains by Robert Forrest-Webb which is everything that this book isn't.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 May 2001
Format: Hardcover
In Team Yankee, Harold Coyle lets you follow a combined teams commander in Central Europe during World War III, the book covers amongst others: The changes in personality that war creates in a man, and how different this will come out. He also tells you about the fears the relatives of a fighting soldier feels during the period of not knowing. Harold Coyle has a very thourough knowledge of the inner workings of the armed forces, which makes the book an excellent choice for others trying to figure out what war is all about.
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