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“Cooper saw more of the war than most junior officers, and he writes about it better than almost anyone. . . . His stories are vivid, enlightening, full of life—and of pain, sorrow, horror, and triumph.”
—STEPHEN E. AMBROSE
From his Foreword

“In a down-to-earth style, Death Traps tells the compelling story of one man’s assignment to the famous 3rd Armored Division that spearheaded the American advance from Normandy into Germany. Cooper served as an ordnance officer with the forward elements and was responsible for coordinating the recovery and repair of damaged American tanks. This was a dangerous job that often required him to travel alone through enemy territory, and the author recalls his service with pride, downplaying his role in the vast effort that kept the American forces well equipped and supplied. . . . [Readers] will be left with an indelible impression of the importance of the support troops and how dependent combat forces were on them.”
Library Journal

“[DEATH TRAPS] FILLS A CRITICAL GAP IN WW2 LITERATURE. . . . IT’S A TRULY UNIQUE AND VALUABLE WORK.”
—G.I. Journal



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Death Traps
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Awesome book
April 19th, 2015
Gives an excellent insight to the tank companies from Dday to vjday. Well worth a read.if interested in first hand account of ww2
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Unique perspective
February 13th, 2015
Good first-person accounts of what its like to keep a WW2 mechanized unit moving. I had no idea stuff broke down so much. Some repetition, which was unusual, almost cut snd paste, as if the author was lacking in material or good editing. I especially liked the accounts of the efforts to overcome unforseen obstacles with Appollo-13 like ingenuity and improvisation. Armoring the Pershings, making through the hedgerows of Normandy...priceless.
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Good read, yet disappointed.
November 4th, 2014
The description led me to believe that it dealt more with WWII tanks. This isn't the case. Nevertheless, good read.
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Death Traps
February 13th, 2014
As one who loves WWII history, I could not put this book down. I literally could feel the fear, fortitude and sheer determination in these brave young Americans.
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Death Traps
May 1st, 2013
What an interesting read. I've read a lot about armoured battles but I never thought about the system in place to repair and or replace damaged tanks. An eye opener indeed!
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