History of Tank Warfare

History of Tank Warfare

Extensively researched text tells the stories behind the conflict, making this book an invaluable reference.

Author: Stephen Hart

Publisher: Amber Books

ISBN: 1782747206

Category: History

Page: 224

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Explore the development of tank warfare, from its first significant use during World War I to major battles of the Second World War, Indo-Pakistan War, Arab-Israeli Wars, Iran-Iraq War, and beyond. Specially commissioned maps highlight particular aspects of combat, with some giving a global perspective and others taking a narrow focus. Extensively researched text tells the stories behind the conflict, making this book an invaluable reference.
Categories: History

Tank Warfare

Tank Warfare

Kenneth Macksey provides a study of the policy-makers and tank strategists, the technical and tactical development, as well as presenting the story of the tank on the battlefield the split-second decisions, the battle-weary crews and the ...

Author: Kenneth Macksey

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781782004035

Category: History

Page: 300

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After its introduction during the First World War, the tank revolutionised warfare, and proved to be a terrifying and efficient machine of war. Kenneth Macksey provides a study of the policy-makers and tank strategists, the technical and tactical development, as well as presenting the story of the tank on the battlefield the split-second decisions, the battle-weary crews and the endless mud in this fascinating and detailed account of tank warfare.
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Tank Warfare

Tank Warfare

The story of the battlefield in the 20th century was dominated by a handful of developments.

Author: Jeremy Black

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253050007

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 888

The story of the battlefield in the 20th century was dominated by a handful of developments. Foremost of these was the introduction and refinement of tanks. In Tank Warfare, prominent military historian Jeremy Black offers a comprehensive global account of the history of tanks and armored warfare in the 20th and 21st centuries. First introduced onto the battlefield during the World War I, tanks represented the reconciliation of firepower and mobility and immediately seized the imagination of commanders and commentators concerned about the constraints of ordinary infantry. The developments of technology and tactics in the interwar years were realized in the German blitzkrieg in World War II and beyond. Yet the account of armor on the battlefield is a tale of limitations and defeats as well as of potential and achievements. Tank Warfare examines the traditional narrative of armored warfare while at the same time challenging it, and Black suggests that tanks were no "silver bullet" on the battlefield. Instead, their success was based on their inclusion in the general mix of weaponry available to commanders and the context in which they were used.
Categories: History

The Tanks of the World Wars

The Tanks of the World Wars

This is why German tanks were built for speed while maintaining good armor and weaponry.

Author: Charles River Charles River Editors

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1718726198

Category:

Page: 272

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*Includes pictures *Includes accounts of the fighting *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading One of the most important breakthroughs in military technology associated with World War I, and certainly the one that continues to capture the public imagination, was the introduction of a war machine that came to dominate the face of land battles throughout most of the 20th century: the tank. As a concept, it was not revolutionary; in fact, it harkened back to classical antiquity and to the Middle Ages, such as the covered battering rams and testudos which had made frequent appearances on ancient battlefields. In essence, it was designed to solve the age-old problem of protecting infantry from enemy projectiles while remaining mobile. The tanks of World War I, revolutionary (and initially terrifying) as they were, had their limitations. A standard tank would literally consume its own weight in spare parts, and they were painfully slow compared to more modern iterations. They were also lightly armed - usually with machine guns or light guns at most - and some poorly designed models tended to "ditch" themselves, sometimes irretrievably, in wider trenches. However, as a mobile bastion for infantry to shelter behind in the advance, and as a psychological weapon, they were significant. All major powers, and many minor ones, learned their lesson in World War I. During the interwar period (late 1918 to mid-1939), a wide variety of tanks and antitank weapons were developed by a number of different countries, and those nations that did not have their own models hastened to purchase some from the more advanced countries. These tanks would shape the war that was to come. World War II was thus the culmination of a quarter century of tank development, and it would also be the first major test of tanks in mobile warfare, during which they had to face other tanks. However, many of the tanks were constructed with the static warfare of the Western Front in mind and were thus slow and had short operational ranges. Others were too light to face opposing tanks or the new generation of anti-tank weapons that hadn't existed in World War I. The unsuitability of these tank models for this new kind of warfare was quickly recognized, and the belligerent powers scrambled to create better designs. As each new, improved model came off the assembly lines, the opposing powers rushed to create a tank that could beat it. In that regard, World War II was also a war between rival engineers. The beginning of World War II found the major powers developing tanks to some extent, but lingering ideas from World War I affected the development of tanks during the Interwar period. As a result, aside from the blitzkrieg doctrine developed by the Nazis, tanks were still used in terms of infantry support, and there were few wars during this period to give strategists the chance to develop better uses for the new armored vehicles before World War II started. Commanders soon found that many of the tanks fielded in the campaigns of 1939-1941 lacked the necessary armor, guns, and designs. Inevitably, tactics evolved throughout the war. The Germans were early leaders in tank tactics, as their successes from Poland through the opening phases of Operation Barbarossa demonstrated. The main German tank tactic was the so-called Schwerpunkt ("center of gravity"), in which a concentration of tanks achieved a local superiority, broke through, and drove deep behind enemy lines, carving up frontline enemy forces that could then be surrounded and taken out by support tanks, infantry, and artillery. This is why German tanks were built for speed while maintaining good armor and weaponry. Once the Allies witnessed the efficacy of German tank tactics, they began to imitate them, prompting the Germans to further refine their own techniques.
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Tank Warfare on the Eastern Front 1941 1942

Tank Warfare on the Eastern Front 1941 1942

??Robert Forczyk's incisive study offers fresh insight into how the two most powerful mechanized armies of the Second World War developed their tactics and weaponry during the critical early years of the Russo-German War.

Author: Robert Forczyk

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781781590089

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 480

The German panzer armies that swept into the Soviet Union in 1941 were an undefeated force that had honed their skill in combined arms warfare to a fine edge. The Germans focused their panzers and tactical air support at points on the battlefield defined as Schwerpunkt - main effort - to smash through any defensive line and then advance to envelope their adversaries. ??Initially, these methods worked well in the early days of Operation Barbarossa and the tank forces of the Red Army suffered defeat after defeat. Although badly mauled in the opening battles, the Red Army's tank forces did not succumb to the German armoured onslaught and German planning and logistical deficiencies led to over-extension and failure in 1941. In the second year of the invasion, the Germans directed their Schwerpunkt toward the Volga and the Caucasus and again achieved some degree of success, but the Red Army had grown much stronger and by November 1942, the Soviets were able to turn the tables at Stalingrad. ??Robert Forczyk's incisive study offers fresh insight into how the two most powerful mechanized armies of the Second World War developed their tactics and weaponry during the critical early years of the Russo-German War. He uses German, Russian and English sources to provide the first comprehensive overview and analysis of armored warfare from the German and Soviet perspectives. His analysis of the greatest tank war in history is compelling reading.
Categories: History

Tanks and Trenches

Tanks and Trenches

Tanks.

Author: David Fletcher

Publisher: History PressLtd

ISBN: 0752449362

Category: History

Page: 192

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Tanks.
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Tank Warfare

Tank Warfare

The author describes the preliminaries to the first tank v tank battle in history, which took place on 24th April 1918 near Cachy, some 2 miles SW of Villers Bretonneux; for his part in the action he received the immediate award of the MC. ...

Author: F. Mitchell

Publisher:

ISBN: 1843421712

Category: History

Page: 332

View: 134

The author describes the preliminaries to the first tank v tank battle in history, which took place on 24th April 1918 near Cachy, some 2 miles SW of Villers Bretonneux; for his part in the action he received the immediate award of the MC. This is just one of the many actions recounted in this book, including that which won the first VC for the new Corps, awarded to Capt C.Robertson in Oct 1917 during Third Ypres. He describes all the tank battles beginning with their first appearance on the Somme in September 1916. But we also see the home front, the training of crews, the technology and the characteristics of the new weapon. There is a brief note on the use of tanks in Egypt, on French and American experiences. The author wrote this book in 1933 so he concludes his book with an analysis of what the tank achieved during the war, descriptions of the post-war armoured vehicles, tanks and others, and his view of tanks in the future. There is a useful glossary of tank terms.
Categories: History

Men Against Tanks

Men Against Tanks

Author: John Weeks

Publisher:

ISBN: 0715369091

Category: Antitank guns

Page: 192

View: 577

Categories: Antitank guns

The Tanks of World War I

The Tanks of World War I

During World War I, the Germans continued to rely on other techniques, and they produced less than two dozen models for battlefield use. The tanks of World War I, revolutionary (and initially terrifying) as they were, had their limitations.

Author: Charles River Editors

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1976537789

Category:

Page: 96

View: 815

*Includes pictures *Includes contemporary accounts *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading World War I, also known in its time as the "Great War" or the "War to End all Wars," was an unprecedented holocaust in terms of its sheer scale. Fought by men who hailed from all corners of the globe, it saw millions of soldiers do battle in brutal assaults of attrition which dragged on for months with little to no respite. Tens of millions of artillery shells and untold hundreds of millions of rifle and machine gun bullets were fired in a conflict that demonstrated man's capacity to kill each other on a heretofore unprecedented scale, and as always, such a war brought about technological innovation at a rate that made the boom of the Industrial Revolution seem stagnant. One of the most important breakthroughs in military technology associated with World War I, and certainly the one that continues to capture the public imagination, was the introduction of a war machine that came to dominate the face of land battles throughout most of the 20th century: the tank. As a concept, it was not revolutionary; in fact, it harkened back to classical antiquity and to the Middle Ages, such as the covered battering rams and testudos which had made frequent appearances on ancient battlefields. The development of both modern artillery and machine guns, as well as the stalemate engendered by heavy fortifications and entrenchments, had hamstrung the mobility of infantry and cavalry and also left them both utterly vulnerable to defensive firepower. Since they were incapable of replying in kind, the tank was designed to bridge that gap. The tank's armor, thick enough to withstand lateral fragmentation from exploding shells (although not direct hits) also made it virtually invulnerable to enemy rifle and machine gun fire, and its large tread meant that it could bridge trenches which would, at the very least, have delayed infantry substantially. As for the barbed wire entanglements and obstacles that severely delayed infantry and exposed them to enemy fire, tanks could simply drive right through it. Various armies had flirted with the concept of a tank prior to World War I, but advances in metallurgical techniques (allowing for suitably solid and relatively lightweight armor) and in mechanical engineering (which allowed for the construction of a powerful engine capable of driving such a mass) finally made its development and deployment possible, as did the development of treaded track (initially for agricultural use in tractors). It was the British (at the instigation of Winston Churchill) who pioneered the "landship," but the French soon followed suit with their own designs. Ironically, Germany, which would subsequently become famous for panzers and blitzkrieg warfare, was late in taking up the idea. During World War I, the Germans continued to rely on other techniques, and they produced less than two dozen models for battlefield use. The tanks of World War I, revolutionary (and initially terrifying) as they were, had their limitations. A standard tank would literally consume its own weight in spare parts, and they were painfully slow compared to more modern iterations. They were also lightly armed - usually with machine guns or light guns at most - and some poorly designed models tended to "ditch" themselves, sometimes irretrievably, in wider trenches. However, as a mobile bastion for infantry to shelter behind in the advance, and as a psychological weapon, they were significant. The Tanks of World War I: The History and Legacy of Tank Warfare during the Great War analyzes the technological advancements in tank warfare and its impact on what was the deadliest conflict in history up to that time. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about World War I tanks like never before.
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Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder, from eminent historian and author Philip Kaplan, traces the history of the vehicle from its developmental early days on the battlefields of the Great War, to modern-day uses and innovations in response to the growing ...

Author: Philip Kaplan

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473831360

Category: History

Page: 192

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The tank is such a characteristic feature of modern warfare that its difficult to imagine a time when its presence wasn't felt on the battlefield in some form or another. Rolling Thunder, from eminent historian and author Philip Kaplan, traces the history of the vehicle from its developmental early days on the battlefields of the Great War, to modern-day uses and innovations in response to the growing demands of twenty-first century warfare.Featured in this volume are images of some of the most highly regarded and imposing types, such as the Chrysler-built Grant, the Skoda-built Hungarian Turan and the M-26 Pershing tank, employed so extensively during the Korean War. Tanks employed during the battles of Barbarossa, El Alamein, Kursk and Ardennes all feature, their histories depicted in words and images.From the battlefields of the Great War to modern-day theaters such as Iraq and Afghanistan, the history of this impressive war machine is tracked in detail.
Categories: History

Tanks

Tanks

The book provides context for contemporary tank operations and offers a perspective on the way ahead.” —Military Review

Author: Oscar E. Gilbert

Publisher: Casemate

ISBN: 9781612004914

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 405

“For all the history buffs on warfare of the last century, Tanks is a perfect choice . . . packed with fascinating information” (San Francisco Book Review). This Casemate Short History—by the authors of Tanks in Hell: A Marine Corps Tank Company on Tarawa—provides an informative and entertaining introduction to this iconic weapon of the last hundred years. Tanks first ventured into battle on the Somme in 1916, and by the end of the war, countries were beginning to choose “heavy” or “light” tank designs to suit their preferred doctrine. Design then stagnated until World War II brought about rapid change. Tanks would prove integral to fighting in almost every theater; the Germans swept across Europe using tanks to spearhead their blitzkrieg method of war, until Soviet tanks proved more than their match and led to some epic tank battles on a huge scale. After World War II, tank designs became increasingly sophisticated and armor undertook a variety of roles in conflicts, with mixed results. American armor in Korea was soon forced into an infantry support role, which it reprised in Vietnam, while Soviet armor was defeated in guerrilla warfare in Afghanistan. However, tanks played a pivotal role in the American “shock and awe” doctrine in two wars in Iraq, and tanks remain a crucial weapons system on the battlefield. “Comprehensive despite its conciseness. For example, it addresses the employment of tanks in lesser-known conflicts such as the Indio-Pakistani and Sino-Vietnamese wars. The book provides context for contemporary tank operations and offers a perspective on the way ahead.” —Military Review
Categories: History

Strategy and Tactics

Strategy and Tactics

The first tank lumbered onto the battlefield in France during World War I. Less than 25 years later, its descendants were dashing across Europe as the spearhead of a new, mobile form of warfare.

Author: Christer Jorgensen

Publisher: Zenith Press

ISBN: 0760310165

Category: History

Page: 176

View: 531

The first tank lumbered onto the battlefield in France during World War I. Less than 25 years later, its descendants were dashing across Europe as the spearhead of a new, mobile form of warfare. This illustrated history traces the development of tanks from 1914 prototypes to the high-tech vehicles used in the deserts of Iraq during the Gulf War. Accounts and analyses of major tank actions like the Blitzkrieg, Operation Barbarossa, the Battle of the Bulge, and the Arab-Israeli wars are interspersed with accounts of how military leaders like Rommel, Montgomery, and Patton utilized tanks and devised new battlefield tactics based on their capabilities. Also discussed are aborted experiments in armored warfare, the role of tanks during the Cold War, and possible designs and tactics of the future.
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Tank Warfare 1939 1945

Tank Warfare  1939 1945

On the battlefields of Europe and North Africa during the Second World War tanks played a key role, and the intense pressure of combat drove forward tank design and tactics at an extraordinary rate.

Author: Simon Forty

Publisher: Pen & Sword Military

ISBN: 1526767627

Category: History

Page:

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On the battlefields of Europe and North Africa during the Second World War tanks played a key role, and the intense pressure of combat drove forward tank design and tactics at an extraordinary rate. In a few years, on all sides, tank warfare was transformed. This is the dramatic process that Simon and Jonathan Forty chronicle in this heavily illustrated history.They describe the fundamentals of pre-war tank design and compare the theories formulated in the 1930s as to how they should be used in battle. Then they show how the harsh experience of the German blitzkrieg campaigns in Poland, France and the Soviet Union compelled the Western Allies to reconsider their equipment, organization and tactics - and how the Germans responded to the Allied challenge.The speed of progress is demonstrated in the selection of over 180 archive photographs which record, as only photographs can, the conditions of war on each battle front. They also give a vivid impression of what armoured warfare was like for the tank crews of 75 years ago.
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British Battle Tanks

British Battle Tanks

A highly illustrated history of the development and operation of the first British tanks, published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of their introduction, during World War I.

Author: David Fletcher

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472817556

Category: History

Page: 236

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A highly illustrated history of the development and operation of the first British tanks, published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of their introduction, during World War I.
Categories: History

Tank Combat

Tank Combat

Illustrated throughout with black-and-white action photographs, Tank Combat is a definitive guide to the art of armoured combat in the twentieth century.

Author: Christer Jörgensen

Publisher: Strategy and Tactics

ISBN: 1782745351

Category:

Page: 176

View: 937

Illustrated throughout with black-and-white action photographs, Tank Combat is a definitive guide to the art of armoured combat in the twentieth century.
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Armoured Warfare on the Eastern Front

Armoured Warfare on the Eastern Front

This is a high quality piece of work, and a useful photographic guide to the armoured vehicles of the Eastern Front.” —History of War

Author: Anthony Tucker-Jones

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 9781783038220

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 358

On the Eastern Front during the Second World War massive Soviet and German tank armies clashed in a series of battles that were unmatched in their scale and ferocity. Several of them have attained almost legendary status. But epic encounters such as these were only part of a broader story, as Anthony Tucker-Jones demonstrates in this selection of graphic photographs.While the images give a fascinating inside view of combat, they also reveal the daily routines of tank warfare 65 years ago. Training, maintenance, transportation and supply are shown, as are the daily lives of the tank crews and the often appalling conditions in which they worked and fought. The photographs also record in vivid detail the destructive reality of armored warfare, from the initial triumphant advance of the German panzers deep into the Soviet Union to the massive Red Army counter-offensives which drove the German armies back to Berlin.
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British Battle Tanks

British Battle Tanks

This book, the last in a three-part series on British Battle Tanks by armour 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.

Author: David Fletcher

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472821522

Category: History

Page: 288

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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 armour 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, which were supplied but never used in British service.
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British Battle Tanks

British Battle Tanks

This book is the second of a multi-volume history of British tanks by renowned British armour expert David Fletcher MBE.

Author: David Fletcher

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472821492

Category: History

Page: 288

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Plagued by unreliable vehicles and poorly thought-out doctrine, the early years of World War II were years of struggle for Britain's tank corps. Relying on tanks built in the late 1930s, and those designed and built with limited resources in the opening years of the war, they battled valiantly against an opponent well versed in the arts of armoured warfare. This book is the second of a multi-volume history of British tanks by renowned British armour expert David Fletcher MBE. It covers the development and use of the Matilda, Crusader, and Valentine tanks that pushed back the Axis in North Africa, the much-improved Churchill that fought with distinction from North Africa to Normandy, and the excellent Cromwell tank of 1944–45. It also looks at Britain's super-heavy tank projects, the TOG1 and TOG2, and the Tortoise heavy assault tank, designed to smash through the toughest of battlefield conditions, but never put into production.
Categories: History

Japanese Tanks and Armoured Warfare 1932 45

Japanese Tanks and Armoured Warfare 1932 45

This new history charts the development, production, deployment, and combat operations of Japan's tank forces between their inception in 1918 and their disbandment in 1945.

Author: David McCormack

Publisher:

ISBN: 1781558108

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Page: 176

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This new history charts the development, production, deployment, and combat operations of Japan's tank forces between their inception in 1918 and their disbandment in 1945. The author's persuasive arguments encourage the reader to reappraise their existing views concerning the contribution of Japanese tanks towards the projection of combat power.
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Armoured Warfare

Armoured Warfare

This book charts the history of armoured warfare from the first use of the tank in 1916 right through to the 21st century, adopting military, political and global perspectives.

Author: Alaric Searle

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441158055

Category: History

Page: 288

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This book charts the history of armoured warfare from the first use of the tank in 1916 right through to the 21st century, adopting military, political and global perspectives. Alaric Searle explores the origins of the tank, the part it played in the First World War and its contribution to the outcome of the war. He considers its role as a tool of propaganda, the military controversies of the interwar period and the employment of armoured forces in all the major theatres in the Second World War. Since the First World War, major and medium-sized powers have invested heavily in armoured forces. Searle looks at the conduct of mechanised warfare in Korea, Indo-China and Vietnam, and during conflicts such as the Arab-Israeli Wars and the Gulf Wars. Armoured Warfare adopts a global perspective, providing the most comprehensive survey of the history of the subject currently available. With a detailed bibliography of both primary and secondary sources, it is an ideal companion for those studying armoured warfare, modern military history and war studies.
Categories: History