Iron Fist: Classic Armoured Warfare: Classic Armoured Warfare Case Studies (Cassell Military Classics) Paperback – 22 Oct 1998
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The greatest tank battles of history from the Great War to the Gulf, examined by one of Britain¿s bestselling military writers.
About the Author
Bryan Perrett was an officer in the British Army before becoming a noted writer of military history. He has written some 20 books on a variety of military themes and periods, including At All Costs, Last Stand, Seize & Hold, Against All Odds, Against All Odds, Impossible Victories and The Real Hornblower
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This book does not seek to be a comprehensive account of armoured warfare; it is ten times too short for that. But it does present a vivid, well-chosen cross section of the last century's important engagements.
Many snapshots come to mind after reading it, such as the description of one of the Tiger's first appearances in the Ukraine, when two Tigers concealed in a village destroyed no fewer than 34 T34s from a Soviet tank brigade that came too close. Noting that the Tiger's high-velocity 88 mm shot often blew the turrets clean off their targets, the German troops coined the morale-raising slogan, "The T34 lifts its hat when it meets a Tiger!" There is also the bizarre story of how a Japanese artillery officer wielding a sword nearly managed to capture a British tank. He leaped onto the hull, killed the commander with his sword, then the gunner, and had to be shot no fewer than 9 times before he finally died. No matter how sophisticated technology becomes, wars are always decided by human bravery and intelligence in the last analysis.
All in all, an excellent read. Informative and interesting.
Very interesting for military history enthusiasts, but might be a little dry for the more general public.
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The authors style is flowing and not overly technical nor full of jargon. The book is arranged in chronological order so the reader can follow the developments in armoured warfare and this aids readability.
This sort of book isn't going to rewrite the history of armoured warfare and won't make you an expert but it will give the reader pleasure and the way the work is made up of concise and internally complete stories means the book is broken up into bite sized chunks. It really is perfect airport fodder or a less serious read for the serious armchair historian.