Latest News

Info on upcoming events, material acquisitions and other T.D. related subjects.

11/30/19.....Steve Hunter has authored the second book in his biographic military series titled "Sgt. Libby: 100 Years of Stories". This is Steve's second book with Charles A. Libby, who served with the 628th Tank Destroyer battalion in the European Theater. Sgt. Libby served in one of the Unit's M20 Command Cars and regularly drove officers to and from the battle front. The book includes stories from Libby's childhood in Pennsylvania, teenage years, joining the CCC, and his time in the military. At 100 years old, Libby has allot of stories to share. The book has 223 pages and can be purchased at the following link:

Sgt. Libby: 100 Years of Stories on Amazon

..........................................................

11/27/19......Nicholas Moran has authored a new book titled, "Can Openers: The Developement of American Anti-Tank Gun Motor Carriages". The book has 240 pages and is available in hardcover format in a 9" x 11" size. The book is full of reports and photographs taken primarily from Ordnance Branch and Tank Destroyer Board archives, most of it previously unpublished, tracing the development of anti-tank vehicles from the 37mm Gun Motor Carriage T2 through to the 90mm Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun M56 Scorpion. This book does not cover deployment, only development of the equipment but it is a very informative and interesting read that really hasn't be covered to this degree before. Moran is the Director of Militaria Relations at Wargaming America and is an officer in the Nevada National Guard with deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. The book is available at the following link:

Can Openers: The Development of American Anti-Tank Gun Motor Carriages on Amazon

..........................................................

10/10/19......A new book "A Common Soldier" written by author J. Steve Biggs is now available. The book captures day-by-day life in the tank destroyer platoons, specifically soldiers of Company C, of the 701st, where Steve's father served. Over the years, Lawrence F. Biggs shared stories of his experiences with his son, and Steve has finally been able to bring his idea of a book to fruition. With additional research from this site and a few other references, Steve has been able to knit the stories together, putting them in chronological order and also providing locational accuracy (Oran through Milan). The book has 365 pages and can purchased it at the following link:

A Common Soldier on Amazon

..........................................................

3/22/19....692nd Operation Reunion Richmond 2019. I just received information from Greg McQuade regarding the 692nd reunion for 2019, which will be held at the Hyatt House in Richmond, Virginia. Check in will start on June 23rd, with the reunion running through the 26th. A block of rooms has been reserved with rates of $129 and $139. Call 1-888-591-1234 or 804-360-7021 to make your reservation.

Let the agent know you're with the 692nd Reunion. Online you will need to use the code “G-TAK1”. The Hotel website can be found at the following link: Click Here

The hotel is attached to Short Pump Town Center with plenty of shopping and dining options. Greg McQuade will be finalizing the itinerary in the coming weeks. Any questions can be directed to Greg at the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

............................................................

3-6-19...."The Lucky Ones" is a new book from author Jeremy Paul Amick, who is a veteran of the Army and Missouri National Guard and a military historian/public affairs officer with the Silver Star Families of America. The book chronicles the military service of Norbert Gerling through his training, assignment to Company C of the 609th Tank Destroyer Battalion and service in Europe. Jeremy met Norbert while working on other projects and realized that his story needed to be told in full. The book is available through the Missouri at War website and booksellers, Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Proceeds from the book go to Silver Star Families of America, a non-profit that honors the sacrifices of those wounded, injured or suffering an illness from their service in a combat zone.

...................................................................................................................

2-22-19....C. Ekmark Photography.  There are a number of Company and Group photos labelled on this site as being taken by C. Ekmark of San Antonio, Texas. C. Ekmark is actually Carl Ekmark who was a Sergeant during WWI and served as the Regimental Photographer for the 14th Cavalry. Most photos during that time were done by Signal Corps personnel but in some cases, commanders would choose talented soldiers from the ranks and make them the regimental photographer. After the war, Carl established a successful photography business in San Antonio and was contracted to take many of the military photos in the areas surrounding the city.

....................................................................................................................

2-3-19...."Pictorial Guide to U.S. Anti-Tank and Tank Destroyer Memorabilia" (Revised). This second addition of Paul B. Stevens book has been out since 2014, but it's still available as of today through ASMIC (The American Society of Military Insignia Collectors) for $25.00 for non members and $22.00 for members. You can email Al Orowitz at the following email address to order it:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Paul's first book had only 79 pages. This newer version has 128 pages and is the definitive guide to all things tank destroyer. It's not just for the collector but also has interesting tidbits about the TDs that Paul has learned in his many, many years of research. Paul is a great supporter of our site and most of the Company Group photos seen on the site were provided by him.

....................................................................................................................

2-3-19...."Tank Destroyers Collectors" is a new public group started by Colby Kenyon whose great-grandfather, Theodore A. Stone, served in HQ Company of the 643rd Tank Destroyer Battalion. While researching Theodore's military service, Colby began collecting TD items. How better to share his collection and see what others might share, but to start a Facebook Group. Although only a teenager, Colby has the support of his family and has enlisted a few other TD enthusiasts, to assist him as moderators. I have already seen a few interesting items and am looking forward to many more great finds. Good luck with this Colby!

.....................................................................................................................

1-14-19....I was just informed that a gofundme page has been started to raise funds to erect a memorial to the men that fought in the Parroy Forest, near Lunéville, France during WWII. This would include the men of the 773rd Tank Destroyer Battalion. Many men were injured and killed during the battle. This memorial will create a lasting emblem of their sacrifices. The fund was initiated by Dan Rabe who has been a long term friend of our site and whose father, Ernest Rabe, fought there. Please consider a donation to this worthy cause. See more information at the following link.

......................................................................................................................

10-26-18.... Over the past few months the historians at WW2 Armor have worked with SABOT Publications on the soon to be released M18 GMC Hellcat photo reference book. WW2 Armor's two M18 GMC Hellcats, "BRACHA" and "BUPKES", are the center focus of the publication with descriptive and detailed up-close photos of the exterior and interior of both along with historical M18 photos. If you are just interested in TDs or maybe you have a relative that served as part of a TD crew, this book will give you a much better understanding of the equipment they were using.

The book will be available within the next two weeks and Sabot Publications is taking pre-orders now. For those interested, please visit Sabot Publication's website for more information about their M18 Hellcat photo reference book featuring the Hellcats of WW2 Armor. 

......................................................................................................................

2-20-18.... It has been reported by television station WFAA in Dallas, Texas that a local family anonymously donated $1 million to the proposed National Mounted Warrior Museum. The museum is tentatively to be built on a 17-acre plot of land near the main gate of Fort Hood, TX (previously Camp Hood). That donation brings the project to 80% of its $36,988,177 funding goal. NMWF Vice President Bob Crouch has been in contact with me and explained that the Tank Destroyer story will be a key part of the museum's storyline. We have pledged to help in any way we can. If you want to learn more about this project, you can read all about it on their website: www.nmwfoundation.org

......................................................................................................................

12-14-17.... I was just in contact with Matthew Lynn, creator of the 605th TD website. Due to some technical difficulty, his site is currently down. He is hopeful that his site will be back up in the near future.

......................................................................................................................

5-22-17....We just added a section under "Things" called "Militaria", which will have a gallery featuring items such as uniforms, patches, insignias and medals. Another gallery will include weapons, firearms and small equipment used by the tank destroyer soldiers. There is nothing there now but check back regularly to see what we have added.

.......................................................................................................................

3-2-17....The 692nd will be having their annual reunion from June 25th - 28th, 2017, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. If you would like to attend, we have a block of rooms available at the Hampton Inn and Suites. Starting on March 6th, please call 616-261-5500, to book a room. Mention "692nd Family" to receive the special $129 room rate. The group will have use of the hotel's hospitality suite.

.......................................................................................................................

4-26-16....Although received some time ago, we have uploaded a grouping of 112 images to the Allied Armor Section we are calling "The McManus Collection" - The photos contained in this Gallery were donated to the Tank Destroyer Association, by Norm McManus, who served on the Tank Destroyer Board, at Camp Hood, Texas. The collection includes mainly shots of the T70, which was later standardized as the M18. There are also a number of early war prototypes and weapons that never went into production. Although many of the shots are Signal Corps photos, Norm dug the negatives out of the trash, so they are not available from any other source. We will be adding descriptions to the images in the near future. Provided courtesy of the Tank Destroyer Association by L. L. Gill, TDA Historian.

.......................................................................................................................

3-20-16....The 692nd will be having their annual reunion this year on June 19, 20 and 21st at the Hampton Inn, in Hagerstown, Maryland. If you would like to attend, please call 301-739-6100 to book a room. Use the code "692" to receive the special $89 room rate

.......................................................................................................................

12-11-15....I just received a note from Marc Sehring, Operations Manager for the Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles. He informed me that they have completed their latest restoration, an M10 Tank Destroyer. They have a number of photos of the unit on their site, showing the restoration process. Marc says that it is the most complete, operational M10 in the world. VMMV also has an M36 and an M18 as well as M8 and M20 Armored cars in their 100+ vehicle collection. They are a restoration facilty, so contact them first to schedule an appointment to visit. They are located near Nokesville, Virgina and also have yearly events to showcase all their equipment. Check out their website for more information.......vmmv.org

 ......................................................................................................................

12-1-15.....A new book by author Steve Hunter "From the Command Car", which provides first-hand stories from the 628th Tank Destroyer battalion as told by Tec. 5 Charles A. Libby. The book is available in paperback from Amazon and you can get more information from their website at www.fromthecommandcar.com. Steve worked with us to add Mr. Libby to our Honoree area, so check him out there. Steve and Mr. Libby are currently out on the trail, promoting the book.

>

I am also pleased to anounce a book from author David Ford, titled "Fort Hood in World War II". It is another book in Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series and provides very interesting photos from the WWII period of the camp's existence. The book started as a collection of images collected by the camp's former Commander, Col. Charles M. Thirlkeld. David contacted me and utilized the Hood Panther newspapers we have on our site to assist with some of the book's captions. He also included a nice acknowledgement for the site and myself in the book. David is currently working with me to add both Col. Thirlkeld and his son, Lt. Charles M. Thirlkeld Jr. to our Honoree area. You can order this book from Amazon also.