At The Forward Edge of Battle, Volume 2

A History of the Pakistan Armoured Corps

Major General Syed Ali Hamid

At the Forward Edge of Battle is the first ever illustrated history of the Pakistan Armoured Corps.

The Pakistan Armoured Corps is based on a unique blend of values and traditions inherited from its predecessors, and those of the post-Independence national army. The origins of this force can be traced back to the time when the cavalry units of the
Date Published :
February 2020
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Series :
Asia@War
Illustration :
159 b/w photos/ills, 21 color profiles, 12 maps (1 in color), tables
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781912866335
Pages : 136
Dimensions : 11.75 X 8.25 inches
Stock Status : Available
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$29.95

Overview
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At the Forward Edge of Battle is the first ever illustrated history of the Pakistan Armoured Corps.

The Pakistan Armoured Corps is based on a unique blend of values and traditions inherited from its predecessors, and those of the post-Independence national army. The origins of this force can be traced back to the time when the cavalry units of the British India Army were mechanized, in the late 1930s. They were worked up and then deployed extensively during the Second World War, and further moulded during the post-independence period and two wars with India between 1948-1971. By the 1990s, the Pakistan Armoured Corps had evolved into a modern fighting force in thought, organization, and equipment.

Based on decades of the author’s first-hand experience, extensive research with the help of authentic sources and official documentation, this book provides a detailed and richly illustrated description of the build-up and expansion of the Pakistan Armoured Corps, its culture, organisation, doctrine, equipment, bases, a myriad of events and personalities, and combat operations that shaped it over the last 95 years.

At the Forward Edge of Battle, Volume 2, is illustrated with over 100 rare and authentic photographs, 15 colour profiles, and a similar number of maps.

About The Author
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Major-General Syed Ali Hamid was born into a family with 150 years of tradition of soldiering. Syed Ali Hamid retired from the Pakistan Army after more than 50 years of service, more than half of this with the Pakistan Armoured Corps. He served with an armoured regiment during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971, commanded a mechanized division, lectured for six years at the faculty of the Army Staff College and Pakistan’s National Defence University, and developed a passion for military history. While extensively researching the history of the British Indian Army, and the military history of the Indian Subcontinent, he published hundreds of articles in military magazines and journals, and several related books. At the Forward Edge of Battle is his first writing project with Helion.

REVIEWS
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‘’This is a fine and welcome continuation of Maj. Gen. Syed Ali Hamid’s history of Pakistan’s armoured forces, providing a wealth of information and great insight all in a readable and comprehensive survey. Indeed, it is remarkable that the author has managed to pack so much into a relatively slim volume. A model history of its kind and highly recommended.’’

- Durbar

‘’Written by a career soldier of the Pakistan Armoured Corps, this is a great book giving in depth information on the history, development and combat experience of the Pakistan Armour Corps. ...the chapters methodically take you through organisation, training, tradition and equipment ... nearly every page has excellent photographs. An ideal book for ‘modern’ armour enthusiasts on a poorly covered subject. Recommended.’’

- MAFVA

‘’Packed with names, personal stories and previously unseen photographs from the authors collection, once started these books are hard to put down. Informative and enlightening these excellent pair of books are great value and should be on the shelves of all with an interest in the Armoured Corps of the erstwhile British Indian Army and of post-1947 Pakistan. Highly recommended.’’

- Military Historical Society

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