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Patton's Vanguard: The United States Army Fourth Armored Division

by Don M. Fox

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While this book works rather well as a tactical narrative, seeing as the author has come up with new primary source material from members of the U.S. 4th Armored Division, there are some editorial problems that undercut its worth. For one, I'd really like to see citations for some of the extended quotes given; particularly in the case of major historical figures like Hitler, Patton, etc. Two, forgive me if I'm being a little politically correct, but for about half the book Fox likes to use the term "Kraut" as an alternate moniker for the Germans, which if nothing else strikes me as being anachronistic for a book published in the first decade of the twenty-first century; unless of course you were on the actual receiving end of fire from the Wehrmacht. That the author then ceases to do so about half way through the work suggests that he realized that this was not a wise move himself, but he could not be bothered to go back to make the necessary changes. This is just editorially sloppy on someone's part. ( )
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2 editions of this book were published by McFarland.

Editions: 0786415827, 078643094X

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