British Battle Tanks: American-made World War II Tanks

British Battle Tanks: American-made World War II Tanks

by David Fletcher, Steven J. Zaloga


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The idea of British soldiers using American tanks was not viewed with a great deal of enthusiasm by the British Army. They perceived American tanks as being crudely made, mechanically unsophisticated and impossible to fight in. However, once British crews got used to them and learned to cope with some of their difficulties, such as limited fuel capacity and unfamiliar fighting techniques, they started to see them in a far more positive light, in particular their innate reliability and simplicity of maintenance.

This book, the last in a three-part series on British Battle Tanks by armor expert David Fletcher, concentrates on World War II and studies American tanks in British service, some of which were modified in ways peculiar to the British. It shows how the number of these tanks increased to the point that they virtually dominated, as well describing some types, such as the T14 and M26 Pershing, that were supplied but never used in British service.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472820068
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 08/21/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 615,153
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

David Fletcher MBE was born in 1942. He has written many books and articles on military subjects and until his retirement was the historian at the Tank Museum, Bovington, UK. He has spent over 40 years studying the development of British armored vehicles during the two World Wars and in 2012 was awarded an MBE for services to the history of armored warfare.

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chapter 1 M3 Light Tank: The Stuart 8

Chapter 2 M3 Medium Tank: The Grant And Lee 36

Chapter 3 M4 Medium Tank: The Sherman 62

Chapter 4 Firefly: the 17-Pounder Sherman 94

Chapter 5 Sherman Duplex Drive 134

Chapter 6 Sherman Crab Flail Tank 166

Chapter 7 Other American-Built Tanks 208

Chapter 8 Staghound Armoured Car 220

Select Bibliography 249

Index 251

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