The History of Tank Warfare is a highly illustrated and accessible account of the development of tank warfare, from World War I to the present day. Featuring more than 120 complex computer-generated battle maps and graphics, the book ranges from the first significant use of tanks at Cambrai during World War I through to major tank battles of World War II, the Indo-Pakistan War, the Arab-Israeli Wars, the Iran-Iraq War and the Allied invasions of Iraq in 1991 and 2003.
All the maps have been specially commissioned from an expert cartographer. Each map has been designed to highlight a particular aspect of combat and so they vary in shape and size - from isometric to semi-circular and full-page to double-spread - and in outlook, with some maps giving a global perspective while others take a narrow focus. Major battles such as Villers-Bretonneux, Amiens, Kursk and the Golan Heights are shown in great detail. All maps are accompanied by a key, which helps the reader to understand the action and events.
With extensively researched text telling the history and the stories behind these battles concisely and clearly and more than 150 striking illustrations and photographs, the History of Tank Warfare provides an invaluable work of reference for both the general reader and the serious student of tank warfare.
Dr Stephen Hart is a Senior Lecturer with special responsibilities at the Department of War Studies, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He has been published widely on military history topics, particularly British and German operations during WWII.
Introduction Early Development Early Armoured Forces The Battle Fronts 1914-16 The Somme July 1916 The Nivelle Offensive April 1917 Cambrai 1917 Tank vs Tank: Villers-Bretonneux 1918 Soissons July 1918 Black Day of the German Army August 1918 American Offensives September-October 1918 Plan 1919: Attack by Paralyzation Anti-Tank Developments 1917-19 The Interwar Years The Royal Tank Corps: Experimental Force Soviet Deep Penetration Theory Achtung Panzer! The Spanish Civil War Anglo-French Rearmament 1939-39 Nomonhan 1939 The World's Armoured Forces 1939 Blitzkrieg - Poland 1939 Sedan The Invasion of the West May 1940 The Fall of France June 1940 World Tank Forces 1941-42 North Africa 1941-42 Barbarossa 22 June-1 October 1941 Operation Typhoon - Wotan 1941 T-34 In Action Aircraft vs Tank Armour vs Firepower The Caucasus and Southern Russia 1942 Stalingrad 1942-43 Tank Production 1941-45 North Africa 1942-43 Velikiye Luki Operation 1942-43 Tigers on the Battlefield Sicily and Italy 1943 Kursk 1943 Ukraine and the Crimea 1944 The Sherman D-Day, The Assault Market Garden 1944 China 1937-45 Bagration 1944 Battle of the Bulge 1944 The Pacific 1944-45 The Fall of the Reich May 1945 Manchuria 1945 Korea 1950-53 Arab-Israeli Wars 1948-82 Tank Development 1960-90 Indochina and Vietnam The Tank on the Nuclear Battlefield The First Gulf War 1990-91 The Second Gulf War and Afghanistan Wars The Future Armoured Force Index