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Armoured Warfare in the First World War (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

WWI Cambrai 1916 1917 1918 Great War Tanks Photo Books of WWI

By Anthony Tucker-Jones
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War Books
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781473872981
Published: 7th November 2016


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A hundred years ago, on 15 September 1916, on the Western Front during the Battle of the Somme, the tank made its debut on the battlefield. The first tanks were crude, unreliable, vulnerable weapons, but they changed the character of land warfare forever, and Anthony Tucker-Jones's photographic history of these pioneering armoured vehicles is the ideal introduction to them.
In a selection of over 150 archive photographs he offers a fascinating insight into the difficult early days of this innovative new weapon, describing its technical history and its performance in combat. While the Battle of Cambrai in 1917 is often held up as the first large-scale tank battle, tanks had already served at Flers-Courcelette on the Somme, during the Nivelle offensive and the battles of Messines and Passchendaele.
His book shows that the development of the tank was fraught with technical obstacles and battlefield setbacks. It was invented by the British to help break the deadlock of trench warfare, and the French and Americans soon followed their example. The initial designs were continuously refined during two years of intense warfare. Finding the right balance between power and weight, getting the armament right, and working out the best tactics for tanks on the battlefield was a tricky, often deadly business.

The highlight of this book has to the photos of the Battle of Cambria; the first massed used of tanks in battle, overall, a worthwhile book.

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This is another great book in the Images of War series which brings to the fore the progression and experience of Armoured Warfare in the First  World War.  The author is a former defence intelligence officer and is a widely published expert on regional conflicts, counter-terrorism as well as armoured and aerial warfare...

This informative book is a crucial addition to the bookshelf for anyone who has an interest in the development of Armoured warfare.

Jon Sandison, Freelance

The Images of War series is based on lavish illustration,
using rare photographs from wartime archives, but each book also
includes a great deal of textual information in concise captions and
extended captions, with longer overviews linking the photographic
record. This book matches the highly successful series and the author
is a highly experienced former defence intelligence specialist with a
long list of top selling books to his credit, highly recommended.

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About Anthony Tucker-Jones

Anthony Tucker-Jones is one of Pen & Sword’s leading authors. He has written well over 30 books including a number of the highly successful Images of War series – he also wrote the recent six part Modern Warfare series for Pen & Sword.

He started his writing career freelancing for the internationally renowned Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Intelligence Review. Subsequently he was recruited by British Defence Intelligence for his expertise. Since then he has forged a career as a fulltime author and writer. He has contributed to numerous aviation, military and naval magazines and made regular media appearances.

In addition he specialises in counter-terrorism and has been the freelance terrorism and security correspondent for intersec - The Journal of International Security. This highly respected magazine is the principal publication for the UK’s security industry. Further information can be found on his website at www.atuckerjones.com

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