Hell on Wheels. The Men of the US Armored Forces, 1918 to the end of the 20th century

B2320

This book is part of the G.I. Series that covers the evolution of the American soldier. Essentially, these are photo-essays, but they also include highly informative concise text and extended photo captions. The quality of the images is first rate and the selection of images matches, Some images are rare or never before published in publicly accessible documents This book covers story of the men of the US Armored Forces from 1918 to the end of the 20th Century. Strongly recommended.

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NAME: Hell on Wheels. The Men of the US Armored Forces, 1918 to the end of the 20th century
FILE: R2320
AUTHOR: Christopher J Anderson
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, GI Series
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 72
PRICE: £12.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: American soldier, uniform, equipment, deployment, armour, armoured fighting vehicles, tanks, half-tracks, personnel carries, assault guns, self propelled guns, special armoured vehicles, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Middle East, anti-aircraft armour
ISBN: 1-84832-809-5
IMAGE: B2320.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: This book is part of the G.I. Series that covers the evolution of the American soldier. Essentially, these are photo-essays, but they also include highly informative concise text and extended photo captions. The quality of the images is first rate and the selection of images matches, Some images are rare or never before published in publicly accessible documents This book covers story of the men of the US Armored Forces from 1918 to the end of the 20th Century. Strongly recommended.

Most images are in monochrome, but there are also some very good full colour images. The reproduction and presentation is of high quality in a very affordable book.

With many books of review or history, the number of images can be very small due to the cost of licenses and production, resulting in small photo-plate sections. The photo-essay corrects this and complements books that are largely text monographs. This means that many copies of this new book will be snapped up by historians and enthusiasts to complement their libraries. The low cost of the book means that it is also an excellent entry level book for new readers and helps them to decided where next they spend their money as they develop their knowledge of the subject.

Initially, US troops deployed during the closing stages of WWI had to use British and French tanks and aircraft because the US was far behind, but catching up. There was scattered development progress in the US before the outbreak of WWII, but US factories were soon producing high volumes of armour for the Allies in Europe. The US Army was taking armour from US factories for its own use and was mounted on these designs when it entered the war after Pearl Harbour. In Korea, it continued to use its own armour designs although the outstanding tank of that war was probably the British Centurion which became a major export success and was used through the Cold War by Israel to great effect.

In Vietnam and the Middle East wars, the US has continued to use US produced armour, although some of these designs now come from manufacturers in the US that are owned by BAe and include technology from British developments.

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