Allied Tanks of the Second World War (Kindle)
Expert author Michael Green has compiled a full inventory of the tanks developed and deployed by the Allied armies during the six year war against Nazi Germany and her Axis partners.
There were four categories of tank: Light, Medium, Heavy and Super Heavy. Combat experience proved Light tanks (such as the Stuart and T-26) to be ineffective. Medium tanks (the US M4 series, named Sherman by the British, and Russian T-34) soon dominated with their fire power, protection and mobility.
The later stages of the War required the Allies to answer the Axis Panther and Tiger tanks with up-gunned and up-armoured second generation M4s, T-34-85s and the Sherman Firefly. Totally new heavy tanks such as the M-26, Pershing, Soviet KV-1 series and the British Centurion only saw action in the final months.
Allied Tanks of the Second World War covers all these categories in detail as well as the few super heavy tanks such as the French Char 2C and the TOG. For an informed and highly illustrated work this book has no comparable rival.
The variety of tanks featured in the book are not only the well known ones which saw extensive combat service, but also a number of the experimental types, built as prototypes or in very small numbers but still interesting to see included. The museum examples are spread around various countries, from the USA, the UK, Belgium, France, Finland and Russia. One of the elements I found particularly interesting were the 'Dead Ends' of the Heavy Tanks section, when various designs got no further than prototype builds. These include things like the American T28 and the British Tortoise, TOG 1 and 2. I liked the inclusion of the modern colour images that show the wide variety of WW2 tank types that have been kept in museums and are therefore accessible for us to see today.Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland
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The Centurion Tank (Kindle)
Few tank designs have been as effective, versatile and long-lived as that of the British Centurion. Conceived during the Second World War as the answer to the superior German Tiger and Panther tanks and to the lethal 88mm gun, this 52-ton main battle tank incorporated the lessons British designers had learned about armoured fighting vehicles during the conflict, and it was free of the major faults that had impaired the other British tank designs of the time. The Centurion was so successful that it served in the British Army and in numerous other armies across the world from 1945 until the 1990s.…By Brian Delf, Pat Ware
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