Army & Navy - Lessons of the Cumberland

Along Tennessee's Cumberland River, Army maneuvers reached their climax. Foot soldiers and jeepers, tankers, airmen and artillerymen tried every trick, threw everything they had except real ammunition, tramping out a problem. The problem: can a tank blitz be slowed and even halted. Answer: by well-organized opposition, yes. The engineers with tank traps did the job of slowing, but the star of the action last week—as in the whole two previous months of maneuvers—was the Second Army's tank destroyer battalion. The Cumberland's will-o'-the-wisp struck, destroyed, disappeared and struck again.

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