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#1 Jim Baker

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:38 PM

Dear fellow tread heads,

I am attempting to compile a comprehensive list of the Armored Force Field Manuals from World War II. If anyone should know of any not on this list (from WWII), please let me know.

There may be instances of cross referencing. Note the Armored Division Artillery.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.


FM 17 Employment of Armored Units: The Armored Division
FM 17-5 Armored Force Drill
FM 17-10 Tactics and Technique
FM 17-12 Tank Gunnery
FM 17-15 Combat Practice Firing Armored Units
FM 17-20 Employment of Armored Units, Reconnaissance Platoon and Company
FM 17-22 Reconnaissance Battalion
FM 17-25 Assault Gun Section and Platoon
FM 17-27 81mm Mortar Squad
FM 17-30 Tank Platoon
FM 17-32 Tank Company, Light and Medium
FM 17-33 The Armored Battalion, Light and Medium
FM 17-36 Armored Employment of Tanks with Infantry
FM 17-36 Armored Employment of Tanks with Infantry Supplement No. 1
FM 17-40 Armored Infantry Company
FM 17-42 Armored Infantry Battalion
FM 17-45 Armored Engineer Battalion 1942
FM 17-50 Logistics 1942
FM 17-55 Trains and Trains Headquarters Company, Armored Division
FM 17-57 Supply Battalion Armored Division
FM 17-58 Armored Maintenance Battalion, Tactical Employment
FM 17-59 Decontamination of Armored Force Vehicles 1942
FM 17-60 Armored Division Artillery
FM 6-105 Armored Division Artillery
FM 17-62 Fire Control and Coordination
FM 17-63 Service of the Piece 105 MM Howitzer Self-propelled 1942
FM 17-67 Crew Drill and Service of the Piece, Medium Tank, M4
FM 17-68 Crew Drill, Light Tank M5 Series 1943
FM 17-69 Crew Drill, Service of the Piece, and Gunnery (75-mm Assault Howitzer on Motor Carriage M8) 1943
FM 17-70 Signal Communications for Armored Units
FM 17-71 Crew Drill for Half-track Vehicles 1943/td
FM 17-74 Crew Drill and Service of the Piece, Heavy Tank, T25E1
FM 17-75 Crew Drill, Light Tank M24
FM 17-76 Crew Drill and Service of the Piece, Medium Tank, M4 Series (105-mm Howitzer)
FM 17-80 Armored Medical Units
FM 17-100 The Armored Division

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 11:22 AM

I only have one that isn't on your list. I assume you have the 1942 edition of this as I have that one also.

FM17-15 COMBAT PRACTICE FIRING - ARMORED UNITS, 13 APRIL, 1945

It is 97 pages. It is 1.09 MB and I can send you a copy. Send me a PM with an email address that has enough space to receive it.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 11:43 AM

I'm not sure if you have interest in these but they are in the same general area as Armor. If you have interest in any of these I can send you copies.

Tank Destroyer:

FM18-5 (1942), 5 (1944), 15, 20, 21, 22, 24

Cavalry:

These are the ones I have that cover Armor Cars or Mechanized

FM2-6, 10, 30


Infantry:

FM7-35 Anti-Tank Units

Ordnance:

These are the manuals that cover the actual vehicle. These are the 3 sections that would apply to you I think. There are several other sections as well. There are several manuals in these 3 areas.

Armored Cars
Scout Cars and Half Tracks
Tanks

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:20 PM

Craig,

Thanks for the info. PM sent.

Jim

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:31 PM

Jim,

I had this manual but sold it a few months back. I think this would also fit into your Armored Force Library. Check the link below..

Leigh...

http://www.usmilitar...d...=118892&hl=

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:45 PM

Hi Leigh,

I saw that. Very cool but I am sticking to armor and TD. Also interested in Mech Cav.

Craig's offer is very generous, but I'm trying to get actual copies of the manuals. Just something cool about holding them and reading them. It's fun to read peoples theories about what these guys did and how they trained, but reading the actual field manuals they studied and used in their training is pretty cool. Every time I think I have them, I find one that isn't on the list. Or one that is related to armor.

I have one that I was actually able to track back to the original owner. He was an officer who was kind enough to have written his name and outfit inside the cover. I also have one that I was able to track back to a member of the same outfit as a PH holder whose PH I now own.

I am also collecting the Tech manuals for the various tanks in use then, primarily the Sherman.

Someone said I needed a sideline and these fit the bill.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 04:30 PM

I just picked these up in a lot. They have covers I'm not used to seeing.

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This is the cover I'm accustomed to seeing.

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 10:21 AM

Something on the TD side. I picked this up and it turns out the seller is the original owners son. After a few emails he sent me these photos of his Dad.

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 10:23 AM

Sgt. Daniel Sciulli was a M36 commander with the 691st TD Bn, Co A. He received the Bronze Star.

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 10:26 AM

He is the big guy on the right in both photos.

I really enjoy these little items you can attach a face to. I now have picked up 3 of these manuals I have been able to ID. Not as glamorous as medals, but something the actually used.

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 12:52 PM

That is a great addition. Nice to pin them down to the actual owner.

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 12:58 PM

Super! And id-ed with photos to boot.

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