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

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Military > Modelling Military > Tanks Photographic eBooks WWII > Photographic eBooks

By Anthony Tucker-Jones
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
File Size: 105.5 MB (.epub)
Pages: 130
Illustrations: 160
ISBN: 9781526741554
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.

Another great title in the Images of War series. Showing rare images from WW2 of a selection of tank wrecks of the Western Front. It’s a great reference for diorama modellers and the information given on the development of the tank during the war years, is extremely helpful. Thank you Anthony for a fascinating addition to the series.

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Vintage Airfix

This new book from the popular Images of War series published by Pen & Sword brings readers a collection of rare photos from wartime archives, and in particular tank wrecks of the Western Front, which may well appeal to the model maker more than the vehicle enthusiast. That said, there is an interesting collection of photos within the book that cover a variety of tanks, which include the likes of the French Hotchkiss, Renault 35/40, Char B1 British Vickers, Matilda, Churchill and Sherman, as well as the German Panzer I, II, III and IV, along with the larger Panther and Tiger I and II.

Windscreen, The Military Vehicle Trust - December 2020

If you have even a passing interest in tank warfare, this book will teach you a lot. The photos show a rarely seen side of World War II -- the mighty war machines humbled and, in some cases, reduced to so much scrap or, in some instances, put to use by the enemy.

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First rate Documentation of great documentary value.

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Miniaturas JM

If you have somebody new to the topic and wanting a good introduction, this is going to be a nice read.

Tank and AFV News

The book also has more text than usual, with nice encapsulations of the different models.

Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

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.

AMPS Indianapolis

The very popular Images of War series provides stunning images from official and private collections. This new addition offers an illuminating view of the development of tanks employed on the Western Front – Most Highly Recommended.

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A good book for the diorama-builder, given indications of "what happens if" and especially useful for getting rid of the badly made model of your youth. There is some good historical data contained in the book.

Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

I always thought of the "western front" as something particular to the First World War, but of course, there had to be a western front in the Second World War too... This latest Images of War volume has chilling, sometimes eerie photographs of tanks left by both axis and allied troops as they retreated from battle or ploughed on with the purpose of liberation.

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The View From The Turret Vlog

Another interesting book from this series and you really do learn a lot from them. This book is divided into a number of chapters such Sherman tanks, Churchill tanks etc but it isn't just the standard tank that you see. There is a variety of each tank that were made to deal with certain situations such as clearing minefields.

I really can recommend this series of books but not only do you have the pictures the text and information around the photos are so good stories. They also give you a better understanding when you can see the actual phots or of what went on. For example, the tanks look like such huge machines, yet when you see the wrecks they look like little weak tin machines.

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UK Historian

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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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.


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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, a former intelligence officer, is an author and commentator who specialises in military history, with more than 50 books to his name. His work has also been published in an array of magazines and online. He regularly appears on television and radio programmes commenting on current and historical military matters. His books include Armoured Warfare in the North African CampaignThe Battle for the MediterraneanThe Desert Air WarThe Devil’s BridgeHitler’s Winter and Churchill Master and Commander.

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