Accession Number : ADA192584

Title :   Tank Destroyers - A New Look at Old Doctrine,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Huntoon, David H , Jr

PDF Url : ADA192584

Report Date : 14 Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : This monograph discusses the current value of tank destroyer doctrine based on the American experience in World War II. The tank destroyer tactical doctrine for defeating large enemy armored assaults has great utility for our modern force and dovetails with the doctrinal requirements of AirLand Battle. This monograph first examines the Soviet armored threat and its doctrinal employment. U.S. responses to that threat are analyzed for sufficiency with the focus on the European theater to operations. U.S. antiarmor assets at corps and division level are matched against the Red armor arrays, with a discussion of both force structure, weapon systems, and doctrine. The history of the U.S. tank destroyer experience in the Second World War is recounted reviewing doctrinal, organizational, and materiel lessons learned. The Battle of Kursk is studied as an excellent example of the use of the use of an in depth antitank defense against a major armor threat. American tank destroyers, employed with the basic doctrinal strengths of WWII and coupled with a new emphasis on integrated, combined arms, are recommended as a strong response to the current Soviet armor threat. Tank destroyers can defeat Soviet masses armor so that U.S. armor and mechanized infantry can accomplish their AirLand Battle doctrinal missions.

Descriptors :   *DESTROYERS, *ANTITANK WEAPONS, *TANKS(COMBAT VEHICLES), ARMOR, THREATS, DIVISION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, ENEMY, USSR, MILITARY DOCTRINE, MILITARY TACTICS, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, DEPTH, EUROPE, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, MATERIALS, RED(COLOR), DESTROYERS, WARFARE, WEAPON SYSTEMS, ANTITANK WARFARE, ANTIARMOR AMMUNITION, BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS

Subject Categories : Combat Vehicles
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE