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A century of the weapon that changed modern warfare. In 1916, for the very first time, the tank entered the military arsenals at a small engagement on the Somme. And despite its shortcomings, it altered the course of World War I. Tanks charts the weapon's first century, from its early stumbling attempts to the lethal killing machines of today: the technical developments, the various types and models, the tacticians who used them best, and the famous battles where they played a role--from Flers-Courcellette in 1916 and Kursk in 1943 to the First Gulf War and the Russo-Georgian War of 2008. The book contains images of memorabilia from the archives of The Tank Museum, including blueprints and instruction manuals. New format.
About the Author
Robin Cross has written over 30 books, including The Battle of Kursk (Penguin) and VE Day (Sidgwick & Jackson). He has contributed to over 150 television documentaries. David Willey is the curator of The Tank Museum in Dorset. He has contributed to many Haynes manuals on tanks. The Tank Museum receives 170,000 visitors per year and holds the biggest and best collection of tanks and military vehicles from around the world. The museum has strong links with the hugely successful World of Tanks game.