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The Devil's Chariots Hardcover – 23 Nov 2001

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd (23 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750927062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750927062
  • Package Dimensions: 22.8 x 16 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,441,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This scholarly and clear-sighted book is a happy marriage of history and technology and deserves to become standard reading. -- email dated 7 12.01 from Prof Richard Holmes, Royal Military College of Science. (Presenter of the recent TV 'Battlefield' series).

From the Author

I particularly wanted to write this account of the tank's birth in World War One and the men behind it, because astonishingly, the full story has never been told.

It has taken six years to research many hundreds of personal recollections and official files and reports of the period. What emerges with absolute clarity is the fact that behind the tank's shooting war lay another series of often bitter conflicts between the military and the weapon's visionaries and builders. The clash of personalities and prejudices under the pressures of war resulted in disastrous delays and often bizarrely naive experimental machines, but they led to ultimate triumph on the battlefield.

I wanted also to describe the bravery and suffering of the crews, the personalities of the pioneers and their opponents, the machines themselves and the struggle to build them in competition with the demands for aircraft, guns, locomotives and other vital munitions etc.

I hope readers will find the story as gripping and as revealing as I have. It is a salute to bravery and to engineering achievement, but above all to the determination of a handful of men in and out of khaki to forge a weapon which transformed the conduct of land warfare.

John Glanfield

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