- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Dk Pub (4 April 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1465457593
- ISBN-13: 978-1465457592
- Product Dimensions: 26 x 2.2 x 30.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.7 Kg
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Tank: The Definitive Visual History of Armored Vehicles Hardcover – 4 Apr 2017
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Early British tanks featured an elongated lozenge shape designed to cross trenches, with the crew, tracks, engine, and armament all contained within the hull.
For centuries soldiers have wished for machines that could cross a battlefield while remaining impervious to enemy fire. The tank that was developed in the early 20th century was a combination of armor protection, internal combustion engine, and tracks. Attempts to bring all of these to the battlefield were not new. However, what changed in 1915 and 1916, was the way they were combined.
The Cold War
Tracked tank destroyers as used in World War II became less common as the Cold War progressed. By the 1970s, the development of lightweight antitank missiles meant that a heavy, gun-armed vehicle was no longer needed to destroy a tank. Many countries adapted their standard Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) for the job.
Large guns continued to be widely used on wheeled vehicles. These vehicles still offered greater speed and lighter weight than a tracked vehicle, giving them superior mobility over long distances or poor infrastructure. Their guns were increasingly obsolete against the latest main battle tanks, but they still offered sufficient firepower to destroy older vehicles or fortifications.
The First Tanks
"We heard strange throbbing noises, and lumbering slowly towards us came three huge mechanical monsters such as we had never seen before."
Armored Reconnaissance Vehicles
Reconnaissance vehicles were not intended to fight, but to find enemy forces and report back. This role drove their design, which emphasized mobility over protection to the point that many were light enough to float across rivers. They were armed with machine guns or light cannon designed for self-defense only—their main weapon was still the radio.
Engineering and Specialized Vehicles
After the war the idea of building specialized vehicles based on a tank chassis became common. APCs often received this treatment too, with a dizzying array of vehicles developed. These versatile vehicles have been used as mortar carriers, antitank missile launchers, signals vehicles, artillery observation posts, command posts, antiaircraft missile launchers, and many other roles.
The development of the tank's main gun has been largely linear. Size, both in terms of caliber and barrel length, has steadily increased in order to fire more powerful ammunition, but the fundamental principle of a high-velocity, direct-fire weapon remains. Many of the innovations in tank gunnery have been in fire control systems, ensuring that this weapon can hit its target as often as possible.
After years of stalemate on the Western Front, the allies finally pierced the German lines in 1917, using an invention that dismayed the enemy—the tank. Designed and constructed in secret, it was the brainchild of two British engineers, William Tritton and Walter Wilson.
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Anyone who's purchased any of DK's other vehicle books (Train, Classic Car, Tractor, etc.) will find themselves in familiar territory. The photographs are mostly excellent, and the 15 "feature tank" spreads have some wonderfully detailed close-ups of interior and exterior features. As I've come to expect from the DK, the two and four-page spreads are attractively laid out. Although most tank references focus mainly on World War II, this book does an excellent job covering the main eras of tank development in an equitable fashion. World War I through 1939, World War II, and the Cold War to the present each receive roughly the same number of pages. Along with tanks, a surprisingly healthy chunk of this book is devoted to other kinds of armored vehicles, such as assault guns, armored cars, scout cars, and counterinsurgency vehicles. The majority of the vehicles come from the Bovington Tank Museum, so there's definitely a bit of a British bias here. Thankfully, there are plenty of vehicles from other nations, and some really obscure tanks, to balance things out. There's also an excellent reference section in the back, with explanations of different types of armor-piercing shells, suspension systems, engines, etc. work, and a handy glossary.
My main disappointment is how stingy most of the individual vehicle descriptions are. Except for the 15 "feature tanks," each receives a couple sentences, along with the year they entered service, country, weight, engine, and main armament. I understand that books like this are intended as "gateway drugs" to more serious study. Considering that tanks are trade-offs between mobility, firepower, and protection, it's odd to see nothing about maximum speed, range (on road and cross-country), or armor thickness. The text will occasionally mention that a tank had "poor mobility" or was "well armored," but there's a disappointing lack of statistical data.
Some moments of shallowness aside, this book is an excellent value for money and should fascinate anyone with an interest in tanks. I'm not sure if it's really "definitive," but it's definitely more fun to browse through than the stodgy military references I usually prefer to study.
If you are looking for a good single volume on the history of armoured warfare, then look elsewhere, there is little or no narrative to be found here.
If you are a technocrat, then look elsewhere, there is very little technical info given, and what is given is limited to country of origin, caliber of main armament, and vehicle weight, etc.
It's certainly true that one could learn more about armoured vehicles and armoured warfare simply by surfing Wikipedia articles, but that's not to say this book is not worth getting, it is.
It quite simply is a large coffe table format book, that is lavishly illustrated, with high quality color photographs and illustrations. It would be a welcome addition to any armour enthusiast's coffee table.
If you are looking for information, then read Zaloga, etc. But if you want great material for your living room , then for $16 bucks, you could do far worse.
P.s , The cover of My book said that 2 prints were inside, but alas , none were included.