Images of War SPECIAL, Tiger I & Tiger II

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From the first use of armoured fighting vehicles in the later stages of WWI, enormous strides were made in developing armoured warfare in time for WWII. Many of the lessons learned are still fundamental elements of modern armoured warfare. During WWII a handful of tank models achieved significant fame that has endured to present times. Of these, the Tiger I and II are amongst the best known.

This is an essential book for any library of armoured warfare and WWII. There are other works that cover the Tiger, but this is the most effective reference work, with some rare photographs and good insight into the challenges the Germans faced and the relationship of the Tiger to contemporary Russian, British and US main battle tanks.

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NAME: Images of War SPECIAL, Tiger I & Tiger II
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 041113
FILE: R1885
AUTHOR: Anthony Tucker-Jones
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 176
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Armoured fighting vehicles, heavy tanks, TigerI, Tiger II, Royal Tiger, King Tiger, assault gun, demolition gun, WWII, Second World War, World War Two, Eastern Front, D-Day, technology, tactics
ISBN: 978-1-78159-030-3
IMAGE: B1885.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: From the first use of armoured fighting vehicles in the later stages of WWI, enormous strides were made in developing armoured warfare in time for WWII. Many of the lessons learned are still fundamental elements of modern armoured warfare. During WWII a handful of tank models achieved significant fame that has endured to present times. Of these, the Tiger I and II are amongst the best known.

Germany faced some considerable challenges because WWII started some four years before they intended to start it. It had been expected that the British and French would continue to feebly continue to appease German ambition, allowing Germany to complete construction of its Navy and to introduce a range of amazingly advanced weapon systems. In the event Britain and France drew a line at the invasion of Poland and declared war on the Germans. At that stage, the Anglo French forces were still seriously under equipped, still fielding obsolete and obsolescent weapons and vehicles and also way behind the Germans in developing armoured warfare and close air support. However, the failure of Germany to follow the Battle of France with a successful invasion of Britain meant that ultimately Germany would lose because American manufacturing was beyond the range of German bombing and Britain was loyally supported by the nations of the British Empire.

Germany and Britain both engaged in tank design that produced too many models to allow real dominance to be developed. The British had the advantage of being able to use US-built armoured vehicles that were produced in vast numbers and may not have competed technically with equivalent German designs, but made up for any technical deficiency by numbers and the British ability to modify US designs with more effective guns and fire control.

The Panther and Tiger tanks were potentially battle-winning weapons systems, but they were overly complex to build and maintain, suffered from the Allied round the clock bombing of German factories and achieved weights that made them difficult to recover from the battlefield, too heavy to use many of the bridges they needed to cross, and beyond the capabilities of German tank transporters, requiring them to travel much longer distances on their own tracks, resulting in heavy failure rates reducing the number making it to the battlefield.

The author has done an excellent job of describing the two Tiger marks and the variants that entered production or were developed to production standard. The illustrations have been very well selected and add greatly to a very competent text. The photographs are in b&w, but there is a very good section of drawings in full colour of all the major variants of the two marks of Tiger.

This is an essential book for any library of armoured warfare and WWII. There are other works that cover the Tiger, but this is the most effective reference work, with some rare photographs and good insight into the challenges the Germans faced and the relationship of the Tiger to contemporary Russian, British and US main battle tanks.

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