on 16 November 2011
I looked forward to this book, but the contents are not up to the standard of previous titles from this publisher.
It states quote" Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives", I do not think that photos of preserved vehicles can be called rare, or indeed manufacturers photos of either prototype or production vehicles. Quite a few of the photos have been published before. Some five pages show pictures of WW1 tanks, which as the title clearly demonstrates purports to be "British Tanks The Second World War".
Other than a few photos from both The Tank Museum & IWM the bulk come from Pat Ware's own collection that he has gathered over the years.
Do not waste your money buying this publication, perhaps Concorde's British Tanks of WW2 is a much better choice , at least that shows British tanks in action. In fact the Warpaint series of books covering British Army Vehicles 1903--2003, shows very many previously unpublished photographs of WW2 British tanks in service, spend a little more and go for these.
Mr Ware has tried to cover all the aspects of British tank manufacture during the years 1939--45, that is impossible in just 144 pages.
on 9 September 2012
Despite the title this book actually covers the history of the british tanks from 1916 to 1945 and American tanks in British service. Maybe this is a little ambitious when the series is called "Images of War". The brief history of each type is quite useful and covers all the main types and "funnies", with about one page of text to each tank, followed by the photo section for each type. The photos, of which there are plenty, as you may expect, include prototypes, tanks in service and some modern vehicals cuningly inserted in black and white. Although there are pics of each type, I have seen some before and there are some odd ones like M3 Lees with US crews and factory shots. Some random stowage and internal layout diagrams are included and an illustrated comparison between the A29 and A30.