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Iron Fist: Classic Armoured Warfare: Classic Armoured Warfare Case Studies (Cassell Military Classics) Paperback – 22 Oct 1998

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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (22 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304351288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304351282
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.1 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 513,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

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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Bryan Perrett certainly knows his onions when it comes to tanks and armoured vehicles! This slim, but extremely dense, volume is packed with 17 chapters dealing with various aspects of armoured warfare. The first chapter analyzes the tank's ancestry, from the chariots of old through Leonardo da Vinci's drawings up to pre-WW1 armoured cars. Then Perrett takes us through WW1 and WW2, Sinai, Vietnam, and the first Gulf War. WW2 gets the lion's share of his attention, with 9 chapters covering topics from the early battles in France, through Barbarossa and North Africa, to the Gothic Line in Italy, the Battle of the Bulge, and the war against Japan. Last but not least, a short chapter is devoted to "The Armoured Car in World War II". A single section of photographs illustrates quite a number of tank models from WW1 to the British Challenger.

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.
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Excellent. Comprehensive history of armoured warfare from ww1 to desert storm. Very well explained, used a few good maps to explain manoeuvers on campaigns like Barbarossa and Normandy, but could have done with more. Also, only focuses on the British side of operations during the gulf war. Not much on the US's VII Corps operations.
All in all, an excellent read. Informative and interesting.
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A broad overview of Armoured (specifically Tank) warfare over the last century, but concentrating on certain battles to cover a more detailed discussion.

Very interesting for military history enthusiasts, but might be a little dry for the more general public.
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By A Customer on 26 Dec. 1999
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I found this book very interesting to read. I think this book is surely recommended reading for any tank buffs.
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HASH(0x9da63b64) out of 5 stars Great airport fodder 19 Jan. 2014
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Iron Fist is a collection of short stories of armoured warfare and covers the historical period of the armoured car escapades of the First World War through to Operation Desert Storm. As such the author Bryan Perrett had a huge range of possible actions to discuss in this grab bag of action stories. Eschewing the idea of just rattling off stories that are already well known he often takes the reader down less travelled paths though there are some points where he has to follow the expected script (he really couldn't have written this without mention of Cambrai for example).

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.
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HASH(0x9da63bc4) out of 5 stars Great Tank Book 17 Nov. 2012
By Louis - Published on
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Bryan Perrett is a good writer, most of his book I have read, however the one writing as “encyclopedia” are not a good as the book written from the military and Soldiers point of view, overall I will recommend most of his book for an informative and riveting historical reading.
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HASH(0x9d7a9654) out of 5 stars Very good read but digresses occassionally 30 Dec. 2009
By Dr. C. Esch - Published on
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A great book for a tank lover. Great chapters on WWI armored cars and WWII Funnies. It even touches on WWII Japanese armor. Occassionally (Alamein and Bastogne for examples), the book gets heavy on battle history and a little lighter on armor. I almost took a star away because of this, but the great story telling overrides this minor flaw.
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