Pen and Sword Books: Tracing Your Tank Ancestors by Janice Tait, David Fletcher

Tracing Your Tank Ancestors
Tracing Your Tank Ancestors (10 reviews)
by David Fletcher
by Janice Tait
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Found in: Family History Books
Tank Books
Series: Tracing your Ancestors
224 pages
ISBN: 9781848842649
Published: 2 August 2011
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If you want to find out about the career of a soldier who served in tanks, are researching medals awarded to a tank crew member or just want to know more about a particular regiment squadron or operation, this book will point you in the right direction.
Assuming that the reader has little prior knowledge of the history of British armoured forces, Janice Tait and David Fletcher trace their development from their formation during the First World War, through the Second World War and on to their role as an essential part of the British army of the present day. Most important, they demonstrate how you can explore this history for yourself. They describe the records that are available and show how they can help you to reconstruct the career of a soldier who served in tanks or was connected with them. They also describe the kind of work the soldiers did, the armoured vehicles they worked with, and the men and women they served alongside.
This accessible, information-packed introduction to the history of British armoured forces will be essential reading and reference for anyone who is researching this aspect of military history.
Product Reviews
This work focuses solely on those who have served in tanks and not least of its recommendations is David Fletcher’s authorship. His expertise as historian of the Bovington Tank Museum’s is unquestionable, and in this... [read full review]
The Western Front Association, Stand To! No 94
“…it begins by looking at why the tank was needed and its development through both wars and up to the present day, It gives a comprehensive history of the battles where it featured and where... [read full review]
West Middlesex Family History Society, March 2012
You might be forgiven for thinking that none of your ancestors were ‘tanks’, but all teasing about this book’s title aside, this is of course a guide to learning about the careers of soldiers who... [read full review]
Your Family Tree, Feb 2012
The historical element is useful in its own right, tracing the evolution of British armoured units from their naval origins, through the expansion during the First World War, the restricted inter-war years and the even... [read full review]
History of War
“This latest guide from Pen and Sword’s sries specifically for family historians offer a concise history of British armoured units alongside advice on how to trace the careers of soldiers who served in tanks. It... [read full review]
Family Tree Magazine, Nov 2011
“Copiously illustrated with photographs from the collection at the Tank Museum, the guide also features a useful appendix that lists all the regiments that served in the RAC in the Second World War. This book... [read full review]
Who Do You Think You Are? Nov 2011
If you want to find out about the career of a soldier who served in tanks are researching medals awarded to a tank crew member or just want to know more about a particular regiment,... [read full review]
Kent Family History Society Journal, Dec 2011
If you want to find out about the career of a soldier who served in tanks, are researching medals awarded to a tank crew member, or want to know more about a particular unit or... [read full review]
Britain at War, November 2011
Family history research is bringing people face to face with military history for the first time,” David said. “But as the memories of two world wars fade, the average family history researcher often has very... [read full review]
The Tank Museum
… I applaud Pen and Sword for collaborating with the Tank Museum. It makes sense, in ters of accessing unparalleled expertise, and also gaining access to an unrivalled collection of photographs. This book... [read full review]
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About Janice Tait
Janice Tait is the librarian at the Tank Museum, responsible for the archive. Having a keen interest family history research, Janice handles the many family history enquiries that arrive in the archive almost on a daily basis.

About David Fletcher
David Fletcher is the historian at the Tank Museum. He is one of the foremost experts on the history of British tanks and armoured vehicles. Among his many books are The British Tanks 1915-19, Tanks and Trenches: First Hand Accounts of Tank Warfare in the First World War and a series of studies of the key tanks of the two world wars
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