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Armoured Warfare in Northwest Europe (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

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By Anthony Tucker-Jones
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 150
ISBN: 9781781591758
Published: 8th May 2013



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This latest volume in Anthony Tucker-Jones's series of photographic histories of armoured warfare records in graphic detail the role played by tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and self-propelled artillery during the decisive campaign in northwest Europe in 1944-5. In a sequence of over 200 archive photographs he shows how American, British and Canadian and Polish armoured divisions spearheaded the assault on the Third Reich, and how the Wehrmacht mounted a desperate armoured defence.

Tanks were required to operate in the dust of Normandy, the mud and waters of the Scheldt and Rhine rivers and the snows of the Ardennes and the forests of Germany. A succession of crucial armoured engagements was fought – during the D-Day landings, Operation Goodwood and the struggle for the Bourguébus ridge, the Falaise pocket, the Seine crossing, Arnhem, the German attack in the Ardennes, the Rhine crossing, in the Reichswald and during the rearguard actions and the last-ditch tank battles fought by the panzers in the Ruhr before the German surrender.

This book from Pen and Sword is an excellent photographic coverage of the armoured warfare in north west Europe from 1844 to 1945. The majority of photographs are previously unpublished, or if so, very limited as despite years of reading about this subject, I had not seen many before. The coverage is heavy on the American side, but still gives a good visual look at the armoured vehicles involved, many of which are shown in knocked out condition. Some destroyed to an extent that one cannot be amazed and wonder what hit them! Some are explained in the text, as internal detonation of their ammunition, but they are certainly a mess. There is an accompanying text that throws light on the subjects, and the progress of the campaign in general. Its a handy book for those who want to catch a visual impression of the NW Europe campaign

Malcolm Wright, Australian Maritime Artist & Author

Another good value for money photo reference in the 'Images of War' series and ideal if you are interested in the Normandy campaign.

Military Modelling Magazine

Complementing the images is a detailed narrative text placing the pictures in full historical context...A treasure trove of visual military history, Images of War: Armoured Warfare in Northwest Europe 1944-1945 is an excellent addition to reference and college library collections.

Midwest Book Reviews

High-level overview of notable operations during the time period covered.

Classic Military Vehicle

About Anthony Tucker-Jones

Anthony Tucker-Jones is a prolific writer on the history of fighting vehicles and armoured warfare. He has also written extensively on military affairs and terrorism. After a career in the intelligence community, he became a freelance defence writer and military historian. His most recent books are Hitler's Great Panzer Heist, Falaise: The Flawed Victory, Stalin's Revenge: Operation Bagration and the Annihilation of Army Group Centre, Operation Dragoon: The Liberation of Southern France 1944, Armoured Warfare on the Eastern Front, Armoured Warfare in the North African Campaign, Armoured Warfare in the Battle for Normandy, The Kalashnikov in Combat and The Soviet-Afghan War.

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