The Tank Craft series has become very popular with modellers and enthusiasts. This new addition to the range meets the criteria of excellent photographs and drawings with descriptive text and full captions – Very Highly Recommended.
NAME: Tank Craft, Churchill Tanks, British Army, North-West Europe 1944-1945 FILE: R2615 AUTHOR: Dennis Oliver PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: soft back PAGES: 65 PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, British Army, armour, infantry tank, specialist variants, D-Day ISBN: 1-52671-088-9 IMAGE: B2615.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/ybb2pczx LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The Tank Craft series has become very popular with modellers and enthusiasts. This new addition to the range meets the criteria of excellent photographs and drawings with descriptive text and full captions – Very Highly Recommended. The British continued to design, develop and produce new tank types even though there was a reliable flow of American tanks. One type that was virtually unique to the British Army was the infantry tank. The Matilda and Valentine tanks were followed by the Churchill. This type was basically a self-propelled pillbox. It featured very heavy armour, an adequate gun that was behind the type usually fitted to gun tanks that were expected to fight other tanks, and it was relatively slow. The design was in many respects an updated version of the original 'male' tanks used during WWI to break through trench lines. The Churchill followed this pattern and mounted a QF 6 pounder main gun, adequate to take on opposing infantry dug in ahead and move steadily forward with infantry following on, on foot. The MkIII through Mk VIII were produced in relatively small numbers and the turret was up-gunned to 75mm and 95mm. The most numerous model was the Mk IV of which almost 200 were produced. Perhaps the most important models were the 'specials' or 'funnies' produced for D-Day. These models included an Armoured Recovery Vehicle, the Crocodile flame thrower, Bridge-layer, and the AVRE armed with a 290 mm Petard mortar. Churchill tanks were modified to lay 'carpet' roadways, drop fascines into trenches to bridge them and to wade ashore at Normandy. This book contains a great deal of information in text and images, including some nicely executed full colour drawings. Having provided a good history and a multitude of drawings of Churchills in action, the book provides a very comprehensive list of model kits and accessories. There is everything to satisfy both the modeller and the enthusiast.