Tank Warfare 1939-1945

Tank Warfare 1939-1945 written by Simon and Jonathan Forty and published by Pen and Sword Books – £25.00 – Hardback – Pages 208

This book does exactly what it says on the cover, it looks at the development of tank warfare during the Second World War. It looks back and the innovations of the tank from the First World War, looking at the really basic designs and how it needed to develop quickly with the onset of World War Two. Throughout the various chapters that look at the various theatres of war we see how the tank had to constantly develop to suit the terrain and conditions such as the Blitzkrieg, North Africa, Sicily and Normandy and so on. The book also looks at the development of armour, weapons and armaments and also how the various forces had to look how tank tactics could best influence events. The book contains 180 wartime photographs from various countries and their armies.

This book is a fantastic volume of information if you’re into your tank warfare, right from the start it really does supply in great detail what an avid fan would want to read. In many ways we see how the tank had to develop during the interwar period by all nations it seemed, with some countries coming up with their own designs to some just blatantly copying what worked. The facts and information supplied in this book seem second to none and really give the book that authentic touch of class to be used as a book to go to. The book contains numerous photographs which add weight to the story of development, you’re not getting a book of photographs you’re getting a book of quality information and facts. For all those techie junkies out there, you won’t be disappointed at all as the last quarter of the book has an excellent Glossary, Appendicles and Bibliography. If its tanks you want this has got to be the book, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would give it a 5 star rating, the best book I’ve read on tanks in a long while.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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