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"Operation of U.S. Tanks in Libya" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following report on the performance of U.S. tanks in Libya in WWII was originally published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 1, June 18, 1942.

[DISCLAIMER: The following text is taken from the U.S. War Department publication Tactical and Technical Trends. As with all wartime intelligence information, data may be incomplete or inaccurate. No attempt has been made to update or correct the text. Any views or opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of the website.]


In recent operations in Libya, British bombings of friendly tanks from the air, and anti-tank action against friendly tanks were evident during the entire battle. The need for clearer identification marks on our tanks has been suggested.

The United States medium tank in this battle gave an excellent performance, according to the British. Some British observers said medium tanks had been hit as high as twelve times by 50 mm and even 88 mm shells and were still in operation. It is also reported that as far as is known the front of the American medium tanks have not been penetrated.


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