American Knights: The Untold Story of the Men of the Legendary 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion

AMERICAN KNIGHTS                                    VICTOR FAILMEZGER

An unmissable white-knuckle ride from the Kasserine Pass (Tunisia) to Anzio, Operation Dragoon to the final attacks on the Third Reich, this is the gripping story of the men and machines that took on Nazi Germany's best. This book not only reveals the technical details and origins of the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, it places the reader on the front lines of the European war. 

As the war swung in the favor of the Allies, it became clear that no final defeat of the Third Reich would be possible until the armored monsters of the Panzerwaffe were defeated. But who would, or even could, take on the mighty Tigers and Panthers, just a handful of whom could stop entire formations in their tracks? The answer lay with the formation of a new type of unit, the Tank Destroyer Batallion. This is the story of the men and machines who made up the very first Tank Destroyer Batallion, the 601st, from their unique training and formation, to the final, desperate battles in the heart of Nazi Germany. Packed with rare material, letters, diaries and unpublished photographs, this is an intense and intimate chronicle of the men who fought the Panzers in an astonishing 10 campaigns and 546 days of lethal combat. Re-live the excitement and terror of battling the best the Wehrmacht and SS had to offer, in every major campaign in the West.


An interesting story about the 601st Tank destroyer Battalion which fought for 546 against the Germans. Fighting from Africa, Sicily, and then through Europe until finally taking down Hitler’s final push. This is a book that relies on stories from survivors, letters, and diaries. The author weaves a tale of men that for many would end up being the coffin but still would stand tall against some of the mightiest German Panzer, Tiger tanks, and some the of their most hardened battle tested units. Not a story of single battles which at times would have been nice but I understand that it would have took away from the main reason for the author wanting to write the. To honor his uncle Lt. Thomas Peter “Tommy” Welch, service which he does. What he also does is honor every single man and there is a roll call and a poem written by one of the men which is at the end of the book. This puts the touch and perspective on the total picture the author wants you as the reader to get. Not just the sacrifice that they gave but to their love ones knowing they were not coming home. As a son of a WWII paratrooper (82nd airborne) I thought the author did a very good job in honoring the 601st and all of the men. A very good book. I got this book from i gave it 5 stars. Follow us at

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