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Cromwell Cruiser Tank 1942-50 (New Vanguard)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An excellent book on an average tank, as Mr Fletcher states the Cromwell was almost obsolete when it was introduced. The author obviously knows his subject and proceeds to entertain the reader with the vehicles history, technical statistics and insights on its actual performance. Compared to other medium tanks of the same weight it was fast, reliable and relatively well armoured, but the lack of a gun to deal with the frontal aspect of almost any german AFV proved to be its Achilles heal. Of all the Vanguard books this one seems to have that little more care and attention devoted to it, perhaps because the vehicle was often considered a second rate Sherman..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2011
The book does contain a number of facts and relevant figures, which is a good thing.

It gives an idea of the lunacy behind some of the decisions regarding adoption of British tanks in WW2 but it offers very little in the way of any combat evidence and for that, the book only gets 3 stars. Good for fact hunters and modellers but for those who want to see some proper opinions on the tank's actual intended role, I'm afraid you'll have to look elsewhere. I'd have expected, at least, some mention of the 4th CLY and there is. It's a one liner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 4 January 2013
The book follows the general 'Osprey New Vanguard' format in giving a brief overview of the Cromwell cruiser tank and its versions. Following a general background and development section - including the Cavalier versions - the book goes into production, testing, engines, guns, subtypes, difficulties, some limited information on action use. Both wartime and post WW2 versions are explored, too and the book has the standard collection of pictures, colour plates and a collection of further readings.

While a list of foreign operators is included (together with some post WW2 pictures), the book does not really provide any details of the tank's operational use or many on experience in foreign armed forces, even if quite some were used in anger.

Still, a good first overview of the tank's history and development, that will likely give the readers a taste for one of the most solid British WW2 tanks.
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on 29 April 2010
I was looking for a reference book for the cromwell tank to gather info for a modelling project and this popped up. An interesting book full of clear facts and some good images of the cromwell and its variants.

I would reccomend this title to anyone interested in the development of the cromwell even though the tank itself wasnt all that special in the ww2 theatre compared to lets say the sherman or any of the axis tanks.
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on 26 November 2014
A great book. Did not realise that the Irish Had them. A fine example on display in the Curragh Camp.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 2008
A good, concise history of the development and service history of an important, if neglected, British tank. Well worth a read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2014
a really good reference book for this tank,very easy to read,and some very good pictures and it goes quite in depth on this subject.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2015
Great over-view of the Cromwell and its variants. The colored plates, as always, are great subjects for modelers.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2013
Well laid out and very detailed. A good companion to the rule book and a valuable addition to the set.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2014
Great read.
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