Fort Hood in World War II

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On January 14, 1942, Col. Andrew D. Bruce announced that the location of the new Tank Destroyer Tactical Training and Firing Center was to be near Killeen, Texas. This announcement put into motion a whirlwind of activity and construction that resulted in the creation of one of the largest military bases in the world. On September 18, 1942, Camp Hood was officially opened. Eight short months after the opening of Camp Hood, the base nearly doubled in size. Building from scratch, the spirit of a black panther, as depicted on the tank destroyers shoulder patch, was channeled into anti-tank combat teams. These teams were trained to fight the formidable might of Germany's panzer divisions.
ISBN: 9781467134712
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 180
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
David Ford is a collector of original historical images pertaining to World War II. Ford realized a very unique opportunity upon acquiring the personal photographic collection of the first Camp Hood post commander, Col. Charles M. Thirlkeld. The camp's Army Signal Corps photographers were under Thirlkeld's command and provided him with some of the best photographs of Camp Hood available at the time. Many of these pictures allow a window into the more exclusive and intimate workings of the camp as never before seen.
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