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Tank Tracks to Rangoon (Paperback)

The Story of British Armour in Burma


By Bryan Perrett
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 12 black and white
ISBN: 9781783831159
Published: 30th April 2014
Last Released: 26th July 2022



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Fighting in a somewhat forgotten corner of Empire during the Second World War, the British and Indian armoured regiments called upon to harness the power of tank warfare to extreme new levels did so in an effort to outwit an army until that point considered invincible - the Imperial Japanese Army. Their collective efforts were heroic and massively effective, giving the Japanese a taste of mechanised warfare from which they never recovered.

Bryan Perrett describes the full course of the armoured units' efforts, illustrating the importance of the mighty 7th Armoured Brigade; a 'magnificent formation' in General Slim's estimation. In a conflict that saw much development in the field of tank design and production, Perrett illustrates the practical repercussions of such advances in this most extreme of wartime environments. Detailed research has produced hard evidence of the Japanese use of gas against British tanks, and countless instances of Japan's human-bomb anti-tank technique. Above all, this book shows to what extent the tank can prove a decisive weapon in the unlikeliest areas.

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Intelligence and National Security Journal

Overall, this is a valuable examination of the crucial role armour played in the long Burmese campaign, and the impressive way in which the British and Allied tanks and tankers performed their difficult duties.


Bryan Perrett describes the full course of the armoured units' efforts, illustrating the importance of the mighty 7th Armoured Brigade.

Britain at War

An excellent account of tank warfare in Burma.

Military Machines International

The author has provided an absorbing account of how armour proved decisive in the unlikeliest of areas. His very readable text is supported by maps and by an interesting photo plate section showing the Indian and British tankers in operations that also demonstrate the local conditions. This is a very welcome book, not only because it provides a unique insight into the use of armour in Burma, but because remarkably little coverage has been given to campaigns in this “Forgotten War” that was fought against a determined enemy in the most trying climatic conditions.

 Bryan Perrett

About Bryan Perrett

Bryan Perrett was educated at Liverpool College. He served in the Royal Tank Regiment and was awarded the Territorial Decoration. A professional military historian for many years, his books include A History of the Blitzkrieg and Knights of the Black Cross: Hitler's Panzerwaffe and its Leaders. His treatise Desert Warfare was widely consulted during the Gulf War. His most recent works, including Last Stand!, At All Costs! and Against all Odds! examine aspects of motivation. During the Falklands and Gulf Wars Bryan Perrett served as Defense Correspondent to the Liverpool Echo. He is the author of The Hunters and the Hunted (2012), Why the Germans Lost (2013) and Why the Japanese Lost (2014), all published by Pen and Sword Books.

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