I found out many interesting things last night while doing some research on one of Americas WWII "Panzer Aces" who was in the 3rd Armored Division (Spearhead) by the name of: Staff Sergeant Lafayette G. Pool-who BTW, is from my neck of the woods-born or raised in Sinton, Odem and Taft, Texas--all of which are a mere few miles from Corpus Christi. Pool even went to Texas A&I Engineering but dropped out to join the Army.
Anyway, Pool was one of four men who were in the 3rd Armored Division in WWII who knocked out boo coup enemy tanks and vehicles. For instance-Pools Tank--an M-4 Sherman Tank named: "In the Mood" from the time he landed in Normandy--I think on June 13th? till he was badly wounded in Germany--late 1944, he and his crew destroyed some 240 enemy Tanks including Tiger Tanks, Panthers, Sturmgeschutz Assault Guns, hundreds of SDKFZ-251 Halftracks and other armored vehicles. Pool personally captured 250 Germans, and he and his crew killed at least 1,000. A pretty impressive record. They lost three tanks-one to two hits from a Panther, and another from a German bomber, and the last in Germany from a well hidden large caliber Anti tank gun.
Pool and his crew survived each time their tank was knocked out/destroyed. The final time--Pool was blown from the turret of his Sherman and lost a huge section of leg bone-and his driver was also wounded. the rest of the crew was unscathed.
Pool was recommended for the Medal of Honor twice-the first time the paperwork was lost-the second tine-the higher-ups decided he wasnt worthy of it because they felt that the deeds he was involved in-were a team effort. I say BOLLOCKS to that. So the highest awards he got were the Distinguished Service Cross, The Legion of Merit and the French Croix de Guerre w/ Silver Star? or Bronze Star? and some other decorations.
Anyway, my point to this little history lesson is for this, when doing research on Sergeant Pool-who had been recalled to active service a few years later because of his expertise-even though they amputated his right leg) well, Warner Brothers was going to hire him to be Technical Adviser for their movie: The Tanks Are Coming (now available on DvD or as an On Demand title) but, Pool sued them because W.B. plagerised his story but according to some Judge (whom im more than sure was paid off by W.B.) the Judge ruled that W.B. had changed enough info--names and scenario-that it did not copy Pools experiences-even though the lead character played by Steve Cochran in the Warner Bros version, did a good job of portraying himself. Pool was actually under contract with MGM at the time.
I think ill get the movie to see what the good Sergeant (retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 2nd) liked about the movie ;-))
Ive always called this great Soldier a "Hero in my own back yard."