A new addition to the very popular Images of War Series. This volume provides a graphic picture of the diversity and progress in designing, building and deploying tanks. As with other volumes in this series, its great strength is the quality and rarity of the images that illustrate to concise text, all at a very aggressive cover price – Highly Recommended.
NAME: Images of War, Allied Tanks of the Second World War, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives FILE: R2491 AUTHOR: Michael Green PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: soft back PAGES: 208 PRICE: £16.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, Eastern Front, Western Front, North Africa, tank battles, armoured fighting vehicles, AFV, technology, armour, blitz krieg
IMAGE: B2491.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/kk44cfk LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A new addition to the very popular Images of War Series. This volume provides a graphic picture of the diversity and progress in designing, building and deploying tanks. As with other volumes in this series, its great strength is the quality and rarity of the images that illustrate to concise text, all at a very aggressive cover price – Highly Recommended. In 1939, the tank was still a very new weapon and this was to be the first deployment of the tank as a dominant land forces weapon system. The introduction of the tank by the British in WWI had been spasmodic. Initially, it was available in small numbers and spread so thinly that it had more of a psychological impact than a practical influence. Of those small numbers of tanks that did arrive, many broke down very early on, depleting numbers further. The result was that the first tanks were slow moving shields for the infantry and had limited firepower on the move. As tanks began to arrive in France in larger numbers, they could be used as heavy cavalry to spearhead a frontal attack on enemy positions and then fan out behind the damaged enemy lines. However, there was little time to think of more creative and effective tactics for what was still a largely unknown weapon. After WWI, several military theorists in Britain, France and Germany began to consider ways of making the tanks the key element of an advancing army and to team it with aircraft to provide a powerful force that could move rapidly and bypass heavy enemy concentrations that could be surrounded and then dealt with by following forces while the tanks forged on. As a new weapon, the tank generated many creative designs, a number of which proved blind alleys. As WWII progressed, the designs began to converge into three main groups, to produce gun tanks, assault guns and self-propelled artillery. It also saw the first deployment of armoured vehicles that were intended to take on attack aircraft that were proving to be the most damaging weapons against the tank. The Soviet tank is best known as the T-34, but the Soviets fielded a wide range of armour, some being the obsolete multi-turret designs, but also some highly functional assault guns and specialist armour. The Soviets combined innovative design with often crude production that saw some tanks rolling into battle straight from the factory without waiting to apply a coat of paint. The Germans employed a solid and logical development program to produce ever more powerful and better armoured designs. They also include some very complex, and therefore intrinsically unreliable, technology that was impressive when it worked but soaked up development and production time. They also produced progressively heavier models that were too large and too heavy for some roads and bridges and required much larger transporter vehicles. The British followed a similar approach to the Germans and this culminated in the impressive Centurion tank that was too late for WWII, but fought with distinction in a sequence of wars that followed. Fortunately, the downside of British complexity and innovation was offset by the availability of increasing numbers of US-built tanks that may not have been the finest designs available, but were competent and available in large numbers. The famous Sherman was often derided as the “Tommy Cooker”, because it was easily set on fire by German guns, but it was a battle-winning weapon and was up-gunned very successfully by the |British to enable it to kill the formidable German Tigers. The fine selection of images and the clear text very effectively describe the design and deployment of Allied armour.