Armoured Warfare in the First World War

Anthony Tucker-Jones

* Photographic history of the tanks of the Great War

* Rare archive shots of tanks in action on the Western Front

* Insight into the invention and development of tanks by Britain, France and Germany

* Records their successes and failures on the battlefield

* Published to mark the centenary of the tank battle at Cambrai in 1917

* Commemorates t
Date Published :
March 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Images Of War
Illustration :
160 illustrations
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781473872981
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$24.95
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Overview
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A hundred years ago, on 15 September 1916, on the Western Front during the Battle of the Somme, the tank made its debut on the battlefield. The first tanks were crude, unreliable, vulnerable weapons, but they changed the character of land warfare forever, and Anthony Tucker-Jones's photographic history of these pioneering armored vehicles is the ideal introduction to them.

In a selection of over 150 archive photographs he offers a fascinating insight into the difficult early days of this innovative new weapon, describing its technical history and its performance in combat. While the Battle of Cambrai in 1917 is often held up as the first large-scale tank battle, tanks had already served at Flers-Courcelette on the Somme, during the Nivelle offensive and the battles of Messines and Passchendaele.

His book shows that the development of the tank was fraught with technical obstacles and battlefield setbacks. It was invented by the British and the French at almost the same time to help break the deadlock of trench warfare, and the British deployed it first in 1916. Belatedly the Germans followed the British and French example. The initial designs were continuously refined during two years of intense warfare. Finding the right balance between power and weight, getting the armament right, and working out the best tactics for tanks on the battlefield was a tricky, often deadly business.

About The Author
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Anthony Tucker-Jones is a former defense intelligence officer and a widely published expert on regional conflicts, counter-terrorism and armored and aerial warfare. He is the author of over thirty books, is security and terrorism correspondent for intersec – The Journal of International Security, and has freelanced for Channel 4 News.

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