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British Tanks: The Second World War (Paperback)

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Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War Books
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781848845008
Published: 2nd November 2011
Last Released: 27th February 2012



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Perhaps the British did not produce the most successful tanks of the Second World War, but they certainly designed an extraordinary range of light, medium and heavy tanks along with many that were adapted for special purposes. This fascinating variety of military machinery is recorded in Pat Ware's photographic history.
Using a selection of wartime photographs – supported by some modern photographs of preserved vehicles – he describes the origins of the tank in Britain during the First World War, looks at British tank development during the inter-war period and contrasts this with advances made elsewhere. All of the British tanks that saw service during the Second World War are described, among them the cruisers (Crusader, Cromwell, Comet), the infantry tanks (Matilda, Valentine, Churchill) and the US imports (Stuart, Lee/Grant, Sherman).
Pat Ware is a leading expert on the history of military vehicles and a prolific writer of books and articles on every aspect of the subject. His most recent publications include a study of the military Jeep and encyclopaedias of military vehicles and motorcycles. He was the founding editor of Classic Military Vehicle magazine.

Few people would be better placed to produce this selection of images of British tanks in the Second World War than Pat Ware. Between 1939 and 1945, British firms designed an extraordinary range of light, medium and heavy tanks along with many that were adapted for special purposes and all of those that saw service during the war are detailed in this book from the Images of War series.

Britain At War, March 2012

This book is published in the Images of War series and is profusely illustrated with excellent photographs and stowage diagrams for all light, cruiser, infantry, heavy and American tanks used by the British Army together with technical detail on each tank. It should prove a useful reference work.

The Military History Society
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