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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782003924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782003922
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.4 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a very good book. As a reference for history buffs it hits the mark for providing an amazing amount of information."- www.amps-armor.org (August 2014) "This book covers the early initiatives into mechanized cavalry as well as the various tanks used. This includes various Renault tanks, the Souma S 35, the Hotchkiss H 35 and H39 as well as the Panhard AMD 35. A goodly portion of the book covers the performance of French units during the 1940 invasion and is followed by French use of armored tanks after the 1940 Armistice that includes use in the Levant and Indo-China. It also covers use during the Allied invasion in November 1942. All of this is accompanied by superb period photos and the excellent art work of Ian Palmer. In all, it makes for a great primer on French cavalry tanks and AFVs. A book that I very much enjoyed reading and from which I learned a lot. Highly recommended."- Scott van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com (July 2014)

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Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over two decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Aug. 2014
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This series of books continues to provide what is, for me at least, the best possible grounding into the specifics of each subject covered. In this instance, the publishers have tackled the subject of French Tanks from WW2 in two editions and this (the second) covers Cavalry Tanks and AFVs. Though never a ‘cavalry man’ myself, I did once command a Scout Car on duty in Northern Ireland and also later served with a Cavalry Regiment and have been ‘locked down inside’ during simulated NBC attacks. Whereas, therefore, my experience might be described as the bare minimum, I do have a little (very little!) from my past service on which to draw when studying the work. Having said that, I found it absolutely fascinating!

The work commences with an appreciation of ‘Early Efforts at Cavalry Mechanisation’ which provides a great introduction. This is followed by three major chapters - each with as number of sub-headings as follows; (1) The Weygand Reforms; (Renault AMR 33, Renault AMR 35, Renault AMC, Somua S35, Hotchkiss H35, Hotchkiss H39, Panhard AMD 35 and Cavalry Mechanisation). (2) French Tanks and the 1940 Campaign; (Technical assessment and the turret problem, the Radio Gap, Legends of the Campaign, Tank Strength May 1940, the 1930s Arms Race and Cumulative Tank Production 1931-40 and French Tank Deployment May 1940). (3) French Tanks after the 1940 Armistice; (Cavalry AMDs in Colonies September 1939, Operation Exporter, Operation Torch and Tank Development in Vichy France). The book then concludes with Further Reading and Index.

From the above, the reader will gain a full appreciation of the subject although, (having missed it!) I did think I should have read the aforementioned earlier work first.
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This and the companion volume are the perfect introduction to French WW2 tanks. There is not much choice in the market but these are a solid grounding.
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Excellent starter on the subject. I have loads of these Vanguard books.
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By richard_greenaway on 16 Sept. 2014
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Good book, as advertised, prompt delivery.
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By Dr Dreadnought on 5 Nov. 2014
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Great little book
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