Tank Hunter World War One
The First World War's fierce battles saw the need to develop military technology beyond anything previously imagined: as exposed infantry and cavalry were mowed down by relentless machine-gun attacks, so tanks were developed. Here author Craig Moore presents every First World War tank, from the prototype `Little Willie', through the French heavy tanks to the German light tank. He gives a focused history of the development of this game-changing vehicle and the engagements it was used in - vital battles such as the Somme and Cambrai.
Stunningly illustrated in full colour throughout, Tank Hunter: World War One provides historical background, facts and figures for each First World War tank as well as the locations of any surviving examples, giving you the opportunity to become a Tank Hunter yourself.
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Craig Moore is a retired New Scotland Yard Metropolitan police sergeant with a long-time interest in military history in general, and tanks in particular.
Tank Hunter is a 240 page paperback reference book that not only covers the development of the tank through WWI but the spin offs, short falls and advantages of the tanks of both the Allies and Central Powers.
The first half the book is devoted to tank development from the prototype British tank built in Lincoln in 1915 to the tanks built towards the end of the war that were in many cases never used in battle. At the end of each chapter the author gives details of the individual specifications of the type of tank, its fate and where, if possible, the tank can be viewed.
The latter part of the book is in diary form and begins with the first time the tank was used on the battlefield in September 1916, just north of the River Somme, until the last battles of 1918. Not only are details of the battles given but also the logistics of moving tanks and infantry and the pros and cons of tanks and infantry fighting alongside each other on the battlefield. Also included in this section of the book are chapters on the Bank Tanks which were built with money raised by the general public from November 1917 and also the Presentation Tanks given to cities and towns in 1919 as a thank you for raising money towards the war effort.
At the end of the book there is an Index and Bibliography, which includes details of books, original documents, US newspapers and internet sources used.
This book would suit not only the military enthusiast but also the reader interested in the invention, development and working conditions of the tank. Because of the amount of detail given the casual reader might find the book a little daunting.
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