The Landships of Lincoln Paperback – 2007
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The author, Richard Pullen whose grandfather was employed in tank production at Foster's works during the Great War, has provided a very readable account of a fascinating, if somewhat recondite subject. The book has been well researched, is comprehensive in content and has plenty of illustrations including the author's fine line drawings of the various generations of these crude essays into mechanical warfare.
However, the reading of this book becomes an enjoyable exercise only after one becomes partially reconciled to the absence of apostrophes in the text; there is only one such marking to be found in the whole publication! There are so many irritating instances where one has to read a sentence more than once in order to determine whether a word's final "s" makes it plural or possessive. One wonders if this is some modish affectation or whether the typesetter is just another sad product of a debased English education system. In any event, that this nonsense should have been published - and in a second edition, no less - is extraordinary. In this respect, Pullen has been ill-served by his publisher; a pity for this is a fine undertaking and a successful account of a fascinating enterprise. Perhaps, in future editions, the author might include more specific detail of the engines, (particularly the double sleeve-valve Daimler), transmissions and final drives.Read more ›
It is an extraordinary story of how two very driven men combined their talents to force through the production of the world's first tank and how they built on Lincoln's agricultural engineering heritage to do it. The oral histories collected by the Lincoln Tank Group in the 1970's and 80's in the appendix are fascinating in their detail , too. If you know Lincoln then you'll enjoy fitting the narrative into today's modern city. I think, though, that the author has been let down by his publisher. For whatever reason there isn't an apostrophe in the entire book! That's shoddy work, which lets down a well written book!
An important part of the history of the tank and, like all the personal recollections, adds meat to bones of dry history.
Recommended to all those that are interested in tank history