This Australian perspective has been well-researched and provides a view of all types of armoured vehicles employed during WWI. Descriptive text is supported by many interesting and rare images through the body of the book – Most Highly Recommended.
NAME: Pioneers of Armour in the Great War FILE: R2647 AUTHOR: David A Finlayson, Michael K Cecil PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 376 PRICE: £30.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Australian tankers, WWI, World War 1, World War I, First World War, Great War, 1914-1918, European theatre, Western Front, trench warfare, armoured cars, tanks ISBN: 1-52671-505-8 IMAGE: B2647.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/yaub89t6 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This Australian perspective has been well-researched and provides a view of all types of armoured vehicles employed during WWI. Descriptive text is supported by many interesting and rare images through the body of the book – Most Highly Recommended. WWI was the first total industrial war in history. It was based on machines and technologies never previously deployed in that form. As a result, the Germans started with a recreation of the Franco- Prussian War of 1870 with rapidly advancing cavalry followed by infantry and supported by mobile field artillery. That mass assault was blunted by the tiny British Expeditionary Force, and then rolled back by the BEF and two French Armies, leading to the establishment of trench warfare as both side staggered from exhaustion. The war then became a great and terrible war of attrition and the search for a wonder weapon to break the deadlock. It was in that crucible that armoured warfare and aerial forces were formed. It is understandable that most coverage of armour in WWI is written around the British tanks, although armour was used from the start of the conflict in Europe and the Middle East. The first attempts were informal when RNAS pilots who had sent their private cars across the Channel began fitting armour and mounting guns, usually machine guns similar to the types being fitted to their aircraft. These vehicles were used for scouting for new airfields close to the front and to provide some basic close protection to those temporary rough airstrips. A more formal response was taking place at around the same time and saw a number of production types of armoured car, of which the Rolls Royce armoured car is perhaps the best known, particularly for the part played by small numbers of vehicles in the Middle East. The Australians made much use of armoured cars in Libya, Egypt and the Middle East. A variety of types of modified commercially produced vehicles were used, but the Ford Model T became the most numerous, arriving as they had left the production line in the US before armour and guns were fitted. The armoured car was of limited value on the Western Front because it could not operate in the mud of the battle lines. The answer was to be the result of work by the Royal Navy to build a tracked vehicle with heavy armour and a choice of machine guns or canon mounted on the sides in sponsons. The classic British tank was eventually deployed in numbers and made decisive mass attacks on German trenches, but there were other designs. The classic tank was an infantry tank, a type that continued in use through WWII, where speed was not a major priority because the infantry had to be able to keep up with it. However, the first mobile warfare tanks were starting to emerge, built for speed and cross country performance, with a top mounted turret mounting a main gun. This book recounts the experience of Australian armoured forces during WWI.