Forgotten Tanks and Guns of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s

Forgotten Tanks and Guns of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s


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History forgets. Files are lost and mislaid. But this book seeks to shine a light, offering a collection of cutting edge pieces of historical research detailing some of the most fascinating arms and armament projects from the 1920s to the end of the 1940’s, nearly all of which had previously been lost to history.Included here are records from the UK’s MI10 (the forerunner of GCHQ) which tell the story of the mighty Japanese heavy tanks and their service during the Second World War. Other chapters expand on the development of British armor, including the story of infantry tanks from the 1920’s right through to the end of the Second World War and beyond.Other items placed beneath the microscope in this fascinating history include a wide variety of guns, rocket launchers, super heavy tanks and countless pieces of specialized armor. Previously overlooked, hidden under layers of dust in archives up and down the country, the histories of these objects has finally been uncovered.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526714534
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 12/01/2018
Sales rank: 513,831
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

David’s first experience with tanks occurred at the age of 16 when he worked in a local museum. A few years later he started working with computer game developers as a historical consultant. Since then he has worked with several companies including Wargaming’s World of Tanks, Gaijin’s War Thunder, and Obsidian Entertainment's Armoured Warfare.

Throughout this time he visited numerous archives across the country and contributed articles to company websites. In 2016 he self published many of these articles in a book called General War Stories. Which was then followed in 2018 by Forgotten Tanks and Guns of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, which was published by Pen & Sword.

He has also been regularly published in History of War magazine, and Tracklink, the magazine of the Bovington Tank Museum.

His website is:

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgements ix

Chapter 1 Lurking in the Jungle 1

Chapter 2 Battle Wing 15

Chapter 3 From the Sea, through the Blood to the Green fields Beyond 21

Chapter 4 You Disston my Tank? 31

Chapter 5 The Smoking Gun 41

Chapter 6 Flail Hydran! 49

Chapter 7 The Cambridge Carnal 53

Chapter 8 Schwimmpanzer 36 59

Chapter 9 Recoil Control 63

Chapter 10 The Soldierless Tank 67

Chapter 11 The Secret Life of the Infantry Tank 77

Chapter 12 The Tanks without a War 97

Postscript 127

Sources 129

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