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Tank Craft 9: Cromwell and Centaur Tanks (ePub)

British Army and Royal Marines, North-west Europe 1944–1945

Military > Tanks P&S History > British History WWII

By Dennis Oliver
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Tank Craft
File Size: 41.4 MB (.epub)
Pages: 64
Illustrations: 200 colour & black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526725424
Published: 6th June 2018


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Designed with the hard lessons of the North African campaign in mind, including the adoption of a dual-purpose gun capable of firing high-explosive and anti-tank rounds, the Cromwell was one of the most successful of the British cruiser tanks produced during the Second World War.

The lack of heavy armour was made up for by the tank's high speed provided by a Rolls-Royce Meteor engine. The Centaur was externally almost identical to the Cromwell, the major difference being the installation of the less powerful Liberty engine. While the Centaur equipped the Royal Marines during the Normandy battles, the Cromwell served until the end of the war and formed the basis for the Comet.

In his fifth book in the TankCraft series, author and illustrator Dennis Oliver uses official wartime photographs and comprehensively researched, exquisitely presented colour profiles to tell the story of the penultimate British cruiser tank. In common with all the titles from the TankCraft series, the large full-colour section features available model kits and accessories as well as aftermarket products.

In addition to the colour profiles there is a gallery of expertly constructed and painted models. A separate section explains technical details and modifications made during production and in the field, giving the modeller all the information required to recreate an authentic replica of one of the tanks that served from the Normandy beaches to the final battles in Germany.

This book will be of great interest to both modelers and armor historians alike.

Highly recommended.

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WWII History, August 2019

Wow! Essentially, a two for one in this book, Dennis Oliver has paid great attention to both avenues of this tank. The Cromwell is one of Britains greatest tanks of the war and it was adapted for use by the Royal Marines as the Centaur for the invasion of Normandy. Along with the usual high quality of information comes some great modeling by modelers such as Tan Zhiyong in this edition.

Ray Stryker Ace, Scale Models & Dioramas of World War II (Facebook)

Dennis Oliver has garnered a place with me as a firm favourite due to his writing style and how information is presented to the reader.

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Essential documentation for modelers of combat tanks

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Miniaturas JM

The Tank Craft series has become very popular with model makers, model engineers and military enthusiasts. No.9 provides an excellent review of the Cromwell and Centaur Tanks and available model kits in the established format of concise text and outstanding art work, with many full colour photographs. – Highly Recommended.

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Another very useful addition to the Tankcraft series of books from Pen & Sword, and author Dennis Oliver in particular. This deserves to be popular with British tank fans.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

About Dennis Oliver

Dennis Oliver is the author of over twenty books on Second World War armoured vehicles including Panzer III: German Army Light Tank, Operation Barbarossa 1941, Panzer III: German Army Light Tank, Tripoli to El Alamein, 1941-1942 and Stug III and Stug IV: German Army and Waffen-SS, Western Front, 1944-1945.

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