Seek, Strike, and Destroy: U.S. Army Tank Destroyer Doctrine in World War II by Christopher R. Gabel

Seek, Strike, and Destroy: U.S. Army Tank Destroyer Doctrine in World War II by Dr. Christopher R. Gabel is an official training document (No. 12) of the Combat Studies Institute of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  It was published in September, 1985.  The following text is the forward by Lt. General Robert W. Riscassi.

“In the seventy years that have passed since the tank first appeared, antitank combat has presented one of the greatest challenges in land warfare.  Dramatic improvements in tank technology and doctrine over the years have precipitated equally innovative developments in the antitank field.  One cycle in this ongoing arms race occurred during the early years of World War II when the U.S. Army sought desperately to find an antidote to the vaunted German blitzkrieg.  Against the frenzied background of global war, a small group of professional officers devised the tank destroyer as the Army’s answer to the tank.

This Leavenworth Paper analyzes the origins of the tank destroyer concept, evaluates the doctrine and equipment with which tank destroyer units fought, and assesses the effectiveness of the tank destroyer in battle. To the professional soldier of the 198Os, the tank destroyer experience yields some important lessons concerning the pitfalls of formulating doctrine. The thoughtful reader will also gain some specific insights into the problem of antitank warfare, a consideration that is as vital to the U.S. Army today as it was half a century ago.”

1.)  Seek, Strike, and Destroy – Pages 1 through 45

2.)  Seek, Strike, and Destroy – Pages 46 through 94