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Tanks of the USSR 1917-1945 (Paperback)

WWII Tanks 1917

By Alexander Ludeke
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Fact File
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781473891371
Published: 13th November 2017



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The Soviet Union had already begun building an armored industry as early as the 1920s. Although initially limited to reconstructing and developing Western European armored vehicles, an independent line of powerful and easy-to-produce models had been established by 1939. Even after the Second World War, the USSR expanded its armament force considerably, even planning to cross western Europe in a massive armoured wave in the event of any conflict with NATO. In this book, Alexander Lüdeke looks at all the important Soviet tanks that were built from 1917 up until the end of the Second World War

This very affordable book provide a wealth of information on full period from the October Revolution to the end of World War II for the Red Army armoured capability. The photographs are very interesting an include some that have suffered from the conditions at the time they were shot and subsequent storage, but provide important imagery. Highly Recommended.

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This fact file is quite amazing for the amount of detail it manages to cram into its pages. The history and development of Russian tanks from the end of WW1 to the end of WW2 is covered in depth, with information in some cases, that I have previously not heard of, despite my many years of reading such things. I particularly enjoyed the sections on early tanks that took part in WW2....even if not originally expected to. It is a quite informative and readable account that shoots down a few myths and concentrates instead of the real details. It does not cover self propelled artillery, which I presume will be another volume. Certainly if they had, this one would have been rather too large, so I can understand why they did not. I would recommend this book to most readers, but in particular it would be a handy book to have in your bag if you are a war gamer that attends club games and has 'that person' who always claims to know more than everyone else. A quick look at the pages can shoot that person down with ease. Oh and one thing I was surprised about. The KV series of tanks were actually the KW series. The inventor named it after the first two initials of his father in law's name. KW.
Highly recommended.

Malcolm Wright, Australian Maritime Artist & Author
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