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Russian Tanks of World War II: Stalin's Armoured Might
Russian Tanks of World War II: Stalin's Armoured Might
by Tim Bean
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good overview, 31 Aug 2006
This book provides a good overview of Soviet tank development and some tabled information on organisation and numbers etc. in the appendix.

It would certainly be of use to a lot of general readers needing such a perspective; There are some errors but not enough to ruin it's value in this respect.

My only real criticism would be that the specifications for the Tanks are very cursory. It would be educational for all readers to see the gradual improvements in armour and so on and this information is not shown. It may be that the inteded broad emphasis dictated these fact were kept to a minimum but if so that decision is IMHO flawed.

There are also some errors which suggest the information is based on out of date data which in armoured circles has been superceeded for some time now.


British and American Tanks of World War II: The Complete Illustrated History of British, American and Commonwealth Tanks, 1939-45 (Cassell Military Trade Books)
British and American Tanks of World War II: The Complete Illustrated History of British, American and Commonwealth Tanks, 1939-45 (Cassell Military Trade Books)
by Peter Chamberlain
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the German book, 30 Aug 2006
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This work is thorough in it's coverage and does exactly what it says on the tin. However it is deficient in several areas.

All armour measurements are listed in the simplified maximum/minimum manner rather than the more detailed front/side/rear & turret/superstructure/hull/mantlet shown in the sister book on German vehicles. Similarly references are made throughout the book to up armoured vehicles or applique armour but measurements are not given.

In matters of production the page layout is nowhere near as user friendly as the German book; in fact it is hard work to read and it is riddled with errors and has clearly not been properly proof read (The famous German 55mm A/T gun for example)

The appendix covering weapons is poorly written and does not compare performance at the same ranges neither is it tabulated so it is of little use for comparison purposes.

The book appears in many areas to be rushed and unplanned.

On the positve side the explanation of production is very thorough and there is an excellent selction of photgraphs.

A good read for someone ignorant of the full range of allied Tanks on the Western front and Med but not of much use to the more informed and certainly not the encylopedic reference book the German work is.


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