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The Tank in Action During the First World War [Paperback]

D. G. Browne
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22 Sep 2009
Possibly THE book of the tank during the Great War

This is a very substantial and important book. Quite simply, anyone interested in the history of tank warfare should read and own it for it is essential. It was written by a British tank commander of the Great War who has given us a comprehensive account of tanks as machines and tanks at war. First, it is an account of the creation and development of the tank. Second, it describes the war of the tank in all its theatres of operation including the Western Front, the Middle East and including the French and German forces. Third, it provides an insight into armaments, armour, maintenance, breakdown and battle damage recovery and into many aspects of keeping an early armoured squadron operational. Fourth, it offers an excellent history of the engagements of British tanks and, finally, it is a brilliant eyewitness account of the tank of the Great War in action-from one who was personally involved-including much battle description, dialogue and anecdotal incident. A successful book in every way.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: LEONAUR (22 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846777755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846777752
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 21.3 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,264,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant guide to 1917/18 7 April 2012
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After The Great War, Von Hindenburg wrote a letter to The Times citing the two main factors for Germany's defeat. The first was the blockade of her ports and the second was the effect of tanks, of which the allies had thousands against a handful on the German side. Yet when `The tank in action' was written, shortly after that war, the Tank Corps, as it came to be known, was intimately locked in a struggle for survival with the cavalry, a conflict that would seem absurd today.

To the modern reader `The tank in action' can appear a little alienating if not approached with a particular attitude. Without doubt D. G. Browne was a very courageous, intelligent and witty officer but his petty bourgeois upper-middle class demeanour is likely to startle, bewilder and even annoy. His remarks and attitude seem to belong to a different age, which they obviously did, but anyone who has ever read unedited versions of Orwell's work can find entirely similar `offensive' ideas in his works, particularly `Down and out in Paris and London'. We have to allow for the fact that different ways of thinking prevailed ninety years ago. For myself I find Browne's excellent command of English, substantial narrative skills and quaint, uncommon alacrity all add greatly to the enjoyment of this book. In places it's as though P. G Wodehouse found himself on the Western Front, and that is no exaggeration. I believe that he made a successful living as an author after the war, such is his natural skill at writing and his engaging style, and `The tank in action' is not his only book still available in print.

Browne has witty swipes at the French, the RAF, the Press, Portugese soldiers, High Command and, by far the favoured target for his contempt, the cavalry.
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