The Dark Age of Tanks written by David Lister and published by Pen and Sword Books – Hardback – £19.99 – 190 Pages.
The Dark Age Tanks falls into the time period of 1945 – 1970, a time in history where the world was in recovery from the Second World War and a time when technology was moving on where the duopoly of America and Russia were fighting a space race with everyone else in between. So I would say and particularly from reading this book it was a time when Britain didn’t know what to do, It knew it had to have an opposing threat but was war going to be fought like it had been in 39-45? Plus where was the money going to come from to develop these new tanks and machines, Britain had forked out millions to produce an army in the Second World War, by the end of the war Britain had little money left to produce machinery and armaments.
This books looks at that sort of problem through the development of tanks, did they need different types of tanks for different problems, if they were going to change how would they change and what technology did the tanks have to have. The book explores these questions through each chapter from heavy armour to light armour, infantry armour to using no infantry. The book poses lots of questions and does answer quite a few of them but shows the difficulties people had in knowing what to come up with for the future. This is a very well written book by David Lister and I enjoyed the way he separated the various chapters. An excellent book that posed a lot of questions and thoughts.