Tanks: An Illustrated History of Their Impact

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Tanks: An Illustrated History of the Their Impact follows the development of tracked-and-armored fighting vehicles across the 20th century, from the world wars to the Cold War battlefields of Korea and Vietnam; and from Arab–Israeli conflicts to the Persian Gulf. The book describes the distinctive characteristics and capabilities of each new generation of tank, as well as the formulation of armored doctrines and deployment strategies in France, Britain, Germany, the Soviet Union, the United States, Japan, Israel, and the Arab nations.

It is an expert introduction to how the role of the tank has changed over time, a story of technological innovation, strategic daring, desperate battles (Stalingrad, Kursk), and charismatic commanders like Erwin Rommel and George S. Patton (who defeated Rommel's division by following a plan from the Desert Fox's own book).

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"'All military and most academic libraries will find this volume a worthwhile and satisfying addition."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576079959
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/22/2004
  • Series: Weapons and Warfare Series
  • Pages: 379
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to weapons and warfare series
Ch. 1 Introduction of the tank, 1914-1918 1
Ch. 2 The interwar years, 1918-1939 41
Ch. 3 World War II, 1939-1945 87
Ch. 4 Tanks of the Cold War, 1945-1989 137
Ch. 5 Contemporary tanks, 1989 to the present 181
Individual tank models 199
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