Fighting in a somewhat forgotten corner of Empire during the Second World War, the British and Indian armoured regiments called upon to harness the power of tank warfare to extreme new levels did so in an effort to outwit an army until that point considered invincible - the Imperial Japanese Army. Their collective efforts were heroic and massively effective, giving the Japanese a taste of mechanised warfare from which they never recovered. Bryan Perrett describes the full course of the armoured units' efforts, illustrating the importance of the mighty 7th Armoured Brigade; a 'magnificent formation' in General Slim's estimation. In a conflict that saw much development in the field of tank design and production, Perrett illustrates the practical repercussions of such advances in this most extreme of wartime environments. Detailed research has produced hard evidence of the Japanese use of gas against British tanks, and countless instances of Japan's human-bomb anti-tank technique. Above all, this book shows to what extent the tank can prove a decisive weapon in the unlikeliest areas.
Bryan Perrett was educated at Liverpool College. He served in the Royal Tank Regiment and was awarded the Territorial Decoration. During the Falklands and Gulf Wars Bryan Perrett served as Defense Correspondent to the Liverpool Echo. A professional military historian for many years, his books for Pen and Sword include; North Sea Battlefield: The War at Sea 1914-1918 (2011), The Hunters and the Hunted: The Elimination of German Surface Warships Around the World 1914-1915 (2012), The Real Hornblower: The Life and Times of Admiral Sir James Gordon (2013), and Why the Germans Lost: The Rise and Fall of the Black Eagle (2013).