Book Cover For Want of a Gun The Sherman Tank Scandal of WWII General Marshall Eisenhower Bradley McNair President Franklin Roosevelt

For Want of a Gun:

The Sherman Tank



This remarkable story exposes the Sherman tank scandal of World War II, involving some of the biggest American names and stretching from the White House and Pentagon to factories and battlefronts. Outgunned by more powerful German opponents, the inferiority of American tanks led to some of the worst setbacks of the war, prolonging it in Europe. US tankers ultimately prevailed, but over 60,000 armored division soldiers were killed and wounded; their sacrifice inspired the Hollywood movie FURY.


Included are striking images of rare tanks (photographed exclusively at the National Museum of Cavalry and Armor), original tanker gear, period propaganda, and vintage photos of US and German tanks in action.


As a German officer noted, "I was on this hill with six 88mm antitank guns...Every time they sent a tank, we knocked it out. Finally we ran out of ammunition, and the Americans didn't run out of tanks."


The book features over 500 images including new color and historical black and white photos by commercial photographer, Robert Coldwell, Sr.

"For Want of A Gun: The Sherman Tank Scandal of WWII" began as the heart of the  DeJohn vs. Temple free speech case, a historic First Amendment decision at the state and federal levels and victory for student campus free speech, which struck down Temple University's illegal campus "speech codes."

The legal team which fought and won the DeJohn vs. Temple decision was led by David French, National Review writer, free speech attorney, Iraq War veteran, New York Times best-selling author, and proposed Presidential candidate in the 2016 election.

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"We don't yet know exactly how to handle the Tiger tank."

          -General Dwight Eisenhower to General George Marshall

            after the Sidi-bou-Zid and Kasserine disasters, February 1943.


"Whoever was responsible for supplying the Army with tanks is guilty of supplying material inferior to its enemy counterpart for at least two years or more.  How anyone can escape punishment for neglecting such a vital weapon of war is beyond me."

          -US Army Cavalry Lieutenant, The New York Times, 19 March 1945.

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