Deborah and the War of the Tanks

John Taylor

* Detailed account of the discovery, excavation and preservation of a British Great War tank

* Graphic description of the tank and its crew in action during the battles of Passchendaele and Cambrai

* A fresh perspective on a pioneering period in the development of armoured warfare

* Focuses on the men who fought in tanks as well as the military
Date Published :
November 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
30 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781473848344
Pages : 320
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$44.95

Overview
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Deborah is a British First World War tank that rose from the grave after taking part in one of the most momentous battles in history. In November 1917 she played a leading role in the first successful massed tank attack at Cambrai. Eighty years later, in a remarkable feat of archaeology, the tank’s buried remains were rediscovered and excavated, and are now preserved as a memorial to the battle and to the men who fought in it. John Taylor’s book tells the tale of the tank and her crew and tracks down their descendants to uncover a human story every bit as compelling as the military one.

About The Author
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John Taylor studied history at Cambridge University and has a lifelong interest in the First World War. He worked as a journalist for many years on national newspapers, TV and radio, before moving into the field of public relations, initially working on issues and crisis management and later as a communications director in the healthcare sector. Early retirement has given him the opportunity to write this book, which marks the culmination of a long-running project involving a dedicated team of researchers in Britain and France.

REVIEWS
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"John Taylor's book tells the tale of the tank and her crew and tracks down their descendants to uncover a human story every bit as compelling as the military one."

- Forces War Records

"A remarkable account of the excavation and preservation of an iconic piece of achinery, a tank that took part in the attack at Cambrai."

- Books Monthly

"Lots to read in here, and it makes up a fascinating story, well timed for the 100th anniversary of the first tank action."

- Military Modelling

"Deborah is a British tank from World War One that rose from the grave after taking part in one of the most momentous battles in history. In November 1917 she played a leading role in the first successful massed tank attack at Cambrai. Eighty years later, in a remarkable feat of archaeology, the tank's buried remains were rediscovered and excavated, and are now preserved as a memorial to the battle and to the men who fought in it. John Taylor's book tells the tale of the tank and her crew and tracks down their descendants to uncover a human story every bit as compelling as the military one."

- The Armourer

“Deborah’s story is a fascinating one, both her wartime service and eventual recovery. This book covers the tank’s crew and the battalion to which it belonged. Just as interesting is the attention paid to the research used to find the tank and tell its story to the world. It is a fitting tribute to both veterans of the war and the modern enthusiasts who toil to commemorate their service and sacrifice.”

- Military Heritage

A very compelling read, combining narrative flow with excellent research. It is well annotated, well illustrated and indexed and weaves a constant thread between history and the tales of Deborah's recovery.

- Society of Friends of the National Army Museum

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