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The Chieftain's Hatch: US Army Tanks in the Jungle, Part 2

Back to Harry for the conclusion of his overview of the US Army's tank doctrine in the Pacific theatre. - The Chieftain

Article by Harry Yeide

Angaur and a Big Hole

A Sherman from Company B, 775th Tank Battalion, works with 37th Infantry Division doughboys on 12 June 1945 in Luzon’s Cagayan valley, Philippines. The tankers proved they could work in rugged jungle terrain that nobody had ever imagined at the start of the war. (Signal Corps photo)

The tanks labored forward up the narrow bulldozer road to the crest. The Japs knew that something was in the wind and dropped mortar fire; however, most of it passed harmlessly overhead and exploded in the draw behind the tanks. The first tank reached the end of the road almost at the crest of the knoll but stalled when it reached the lip projecting from the crest. . . . The tracks started spinning in the soft dirt. . . .

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[i] Smith, The Approach to the Philippines, 492.

[ii] AAR, Company D, 776th Amphibian Tank Battalion. AAR, 776th Amphibian Tank Battalion. History, 726th Amphibian Tractor Battalion. Capt. Jerry V. Keaveny, “Operations of Company A, 322d Infantry (81st Infantry Division) in the Cleanup Phase of the Capture of the Island of Angaur, 11-22 October 1944 (Western Pacific Campaign) (Personal Experience of a Company Commander),” submitted for the Advanced Infantry Officers Course, 1949-1950, the Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia.

[iii] AAR, 710th Tank Battalion.

[iv] Edward C. Luzinas, Tanker: Boys, Men, and Cowards (London: Athena Press, 2004), 71-79. (Hereafter Luzinas.)

[v] AAR, 775th Tank Battalion.

[vi] “Battle Report: Luzon Campaign, Twenty-Seventh United States Infantry,” reproduced at the 27th Infantry Regiment “Wolfhounds” website,, as of May 2007. (Hereafter “Battle Report: Luzon Campaign, Twenty-Seventh United States Infantry.”)

[vii] Lt. Col. Eben Swift, “Tanks Over the Mountains,” Infantry Journal, October 1945, 32-33.

[viii] “Battle Report: Luzon Campaign, Twenty-Seventh United States Infantry.”