The struggle for armored dominance sometimes overshadows the vital and unsung heroes of the battlefield: the engineers. Combat engineer vehicles spearhead armored attacks, breach obstacles, and prepare defenses. Born of necessity, these amazing vehicles have developed from humble beginnings to technological and mechanical marvels. After a slow and unimaginative start, the US Army has developed and fielded some of the most prolific and advanced combat engineer vehicles ever used. This book provides a rare look at these amazing machines and the crews that operated them. Vehicles covered are the M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle; Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge; M9 Armored Combat Earthmover; M9 ACE and M60 AVLB; M1132 Stryker Engineer Squad Vehicle; M2 Bradley, Wolverine, and Assault Breaching Vehicle; and Grizzly and Panther 2, as well as experimental and limited-use vehicles. Along with providing technical information, author Jeffrey DeRosa analyzes the operational effectiveness of each vehicle.?
Jeffrey DeRosa enlisted in the US Army in 1989 until 2011 serving as a combat engineer for twenty of twenty-two years, and retired as a master sergeant. Jeffrey has served in a variety of positions during his tenure as a combat engineer serving in several stateside installations including Ft. Ord, Ft. Hood, Ft. Drum, Ft. Leonard Wood, and overseas tours in the Republic of Korea, the Federal Republic of Germany, Kuwait (Operation Desert Spring), Bosnia (Operation Joint Endeavor), Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom), and Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom). Although Jeffrey? time in the military is over he remains committed and connected with his fellow veterans through various service organizations such as American Veterans (AMVETS) and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Jeffrey currently works for the US Department of Justice and lives on Long Island, New York, with his daughters Alyssa and Madison.


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