LIFE as a 'tanker' doesn't seem that attractive, it must be said.
Although, compared to the infantry, they are well protected, the chances of a grisly death are pretty high.
Taken from the view point of the crews, Tank Men begins with a quick run through the first ever appearance of these vehicles on the First World War battlefields.
Tank warfare only really took off in the next big conflict, and it is surprising to learn that Nazi tanks were significantly inferior to the British and French variants at the start of the war.
That was to change though, with the super-heavy Tigers and Panthers. The author reveals how the vastly inferior Shermans, which were made in huge quantities, were called 'Tommy Cookers' by the Germans, and 'Ronsons' by the British after the lighter which, according to the adverts 'lights first time, every time', due to their unfortunate capacity to catch fire after the first hit.
Gallows humour was widespread. One story recounted in the book has a new recruit asking: "How do you destroy a Tiger in a Churchill?" (another useless British tank), to be told: "You get within 200 yards and put a shell down its periscope."
"Has anyone ever done it?" was met with the inevitable answer: "No."