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Mon Jan 21, 2019, 01:48 PM

Are there any good books out there about American WWII maintenance depots?

Sounds like a silly topic to ask about or to be interested in. But I'd like to read further about the guys who kept the Allies rolling after the D-Day invasion.

When an Allied tank, truck, jeep, or self-propelled artillery piece was hit or disabled, it was usually very quickly replaced from newly-manufactured stock, and the soldiers kept on going. The natural assumption is that American heavy industry produced so much materiel that combat losses were always replaced with new equipment.

But I've read brief accounts in several books on WWII about how hundreds of unsung soldier-mechanics came along after the battles and towed away wrecked machinery, took it to a maintenance and repair depot, and put the vehicles back into service. Or cannibalized total losses for parts. I'd love to read about how these depots were planned, organized, set up, and operated. They were marvels of military conservation.

When tanks or trucks operated by Soviet soldiers broke down, they would be abandoned, and the troops would just carry on until they got new ones. The young boys from backward peasant upbringings had no knowledge of how to maintain their vehicles. Many American boys, OTOH, having grown up with farm tractors or tinkering with private automobiles, knew how to keep their beasts in running condition.

Anyway, any suggestions?

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Aristus Jan 2019 OP
Lithos Jan 2019 #1
Aristus Jan 2019 #2
GP6971 Jan 2019 #4
Pope George Ringo II Jan 2019 #3
DashOneBravo Jan 2019 #5

Response to Aristus (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 02:02 PM

1. US Army has a great history series

Now online.. this section should be good.

https://history.army.mil/html/bookshelves/collect/ww2-ts.html

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Response to Lithos (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 02:05 PM

2. Thanks!

I'll take a look.

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Response to Lithos (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 09:12 PM

4. I have the complete series in hard copy.

Accumulated them over the years and plan to put my feet up and enjoy in my recent retirement.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 02:30 PM

3. Belton Cooper's "Deathtraps" is not the most accurate book on Shermans

I disagree--strongly--with his conclusions on the tank, but it is the memoir of a recovery specialist.

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 09:30 AM

5. This is an excellent book.

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