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Tank Wrecks of the Western Front, 1940–1945 (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

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By Anthony Tucker-Jones
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 130
Illustrations: 160
ISBN: 9781526741547
Published: 23rd October 2019

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Early in the Second World War in Western Europe the German victors regularly photographed and posed with destroyed or abandoned Allied armour. During their invasion of France the Germans left 4,500 smashed French tanks in their wake, and these were a popular subject for their photographs. Then, when the tide of the war turned against them in 1944-5, their wrecked and burnt-out panzers were photographed by the victorious Allies during the key battles for Normandy and the Ardennes. These wartime photographers created an extraordinary record of the many thousands of tank wrecks that littered the battlefields, and Anthony Tucker-Jones has selected a fascinating visual guide to the fate of the numerous types of tank employed by the American, British, French and German armies throughout the conflict.

All the principal tanks are represented – Renaults, Matildas, Churchills, Shermans, Panzer IVs, Panthers and Tigers along with many others – so the book gives an insight into the rapid development of tank design during the war. It also shows how vulnerable these armoured vehicles were – and how lethal they could be for their crews – when they were hit by anti-tank guns and air attacks.

Tank Wrecks of the Western Front will be absorbing reading and reference for anyone who is interested in the history of armoured warfare, and it will be a useful visual guide for modellers.

The book is the companion of a volume also published by Pen & Sword which describes the wrecks on the eastern front (where the numbers of tanks were enormous) and together they form an excellent compendium of the various tanks used in the Second World War. Once again a book from the "Images of War" series that cannot be missing from the shelves of tanks and WWII fans.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

The German armour made this book for me and dragged me into spending far more time looking at the images than I had intended for the purposes for a review.

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Armorama

This is an excellent title that contains many black and white illustrations. This book should appeal widely to armour scale modellers mainly because it contains so many period photographs that show multiple options for how you can finish and present your subject.

Clearly the subject matter of this book has a dark side in terms of the individual stories surrounding each wreck and that is acknowledged.

Recommended

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Scale Modelling Now

There is lot here to interest the tank enthusiasts and modellers alike. Always nice when they are presented by an author who has a good knowledge of his subjects.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

About Anthony Tucker-Jones

Anthony Tucker-Jones is a prolific writer on the history of fighting vehicles and armoured warfare. He has also written extensively on military affairs and terrorism. After a career in the intelligence community, he became a freelance defence writer and military historian. His most recent books are Hitler's Great Panzer Heist, Falaise: The Flawed Victory, Stalin's Revenge: Operation Bagration and the Annihilation of Army Group Centre, Operation Dragoon: The Liberation of Southern France 1944, Armoured Warfare on the Eastern Front, Armoured Warfare in the North African Campaign, Armoured Warfare in the Battle for Normandy, The Kalashnikov in Combat and The Soviet-Afghan War.

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