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Axis Tanks of the Second World War (Paperback)

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By Michael Green
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War Books
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9781473887008
Published: 7th August 2017

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The German Army used tanks to devastating effect in their Blitzkrieg campaigns during the early years of the Second World War and in the intense defensive battles leading up to final defeat in 1945.

It may be a surprise to many that the Japanese Army had more tanks than Nazi Germany in 1938; these included the Type 95 light tank and the Type 89 and 97 medium tanks.

Co-belligerents in the Axis Alliance that built their own tanks included Italy, Romania and Hungary. The latter was responsible for the Toldi and Turan light tank series.

As can be seen from the descriptions and images in this classic Images of War series work, the Axis powers had drawn on British and, in some cases, French design for their tanks in the period leading up to the Second World War: the Carden-Loyd tankette suspension was used in the Panzer 1 series and the light Italian and Japanese tanks.

German engineering talent resulted in the original and ingenious designs of the Panzer II, III and IV series and, later in the War, the Panther Medium and Tiger heavy tanks.

This latest work by author and expert Mike Green will fascinate and inform historians, engineers and war gamers.

Among the publications of the "Images of War" series is the book "Axis Tanks of the Second World War" by Michael Green. In our previous issues, we have reviewed already some of his books. This new book covers the tanks designed and produced by Nazi Germany and by the other Axis powers. One of the pros of this publication noticed right away is that this book also covers the tanks that were captured and given a new life.

The book consists of four chapters. To organize the content, the chapters are not broken by the time period or the country, but by their classification: the first chapter is dedicated to the light tanks; the next two chapters are given to the medium tanks dividing them into the Early-War Medium Tanks {Chapter Two) and theLate-War Medium Tanks {Chapter Three). Chapter Four is dedicated to the category of the heavy tanks. Each chapter looks into what kind of tanks were available to all countries of the Axis, which includes not only Germany, Italy and Japan, but also such rarely mentioned countries as Hungary and Romania, who designed and produced their own tanks.

Although these countries designed and produced tanks that were inferior to the more advanced German armored vehicles, they were able to do their intended job. Not to forget some of the interesting design ideas implemented in those tanks. And speaking of "inferior tanks," as outdated as they were, the Italian tanks were able to hold their own in Africa for quite some time, and even served with Allies after being captured. Even the lightly armed and armored Japanese tanks were able to support the rapid conquests of a big portion of China and British and Dutch colonies in the Pacific.

In the global war on such a large scale, as was the Second World War, everything was put to use. The tanks captured from the conquered countries and Allies were often used without major modifications. Such worthy opponents as the Soviet T-34, American M4 Sherman or French B1 bis were able to find their role with the new owners or were modified which gave them a completely new purpose.

In the conclusion of this short review, I would like to add that it is a well researched and illustrated book. I find this a very good addition to my personal library and would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.

The Armor Journal

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About Michael Green

Michael Green is a published author who specialises in armoured vehicles.

He lives in Dale City, California.

Michael is ranked number 10 in Amazon's most Popular Authors in History list.

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