Tank Men Paperback – 16 Apr 2009
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A highly original and valuable piece of military history. It ought to transform our idea of the Second World War, it has mine...a marvellous and origninal book based on the most detailed research. (Sir John Keegan)
I thought TANK MEN was a triumph ... it is a really fine piece of work (Richard Holmes)
Some of the eye witness accounts Kershaw has collected for this comprehensive review of tank warfare have the power to chill the reader to the bone. This is warfare at the sharp end. (Nottingham Evenong Post)
Very well written, with excellent photographs, it's an indispensable addition to the body of knowledge about modern warfare. (South Wales Argus)
TANK MEN is the gripping first-hand story of the men and women who fought in tanks by a top military historianSee all Product Description
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Finally, not wanting to sound trite, but this book really does make you look at "Tank Men", and indeed women (check out the Russian chapters), in a different light. I always though I'd pick a tank over a trench any time. But no longer. There were times when I really felt their emotions, and I honestly had tears welling up imagining what it must be like sitting alongside the best friends of your life, in a metal box and with very little chance of escape once you come under fire. The testimony from the end of WW2 when the outcome was inevitable, but the fighting even more merciless, was simply harrowing. Hats off to the combatants of all sides, and of course the author for sharing their experiences. This is something I know I will read again and again, to remember.
I have always found paperbacks to be simply a smaller format version of the original hardback, but now there seems to be a distressing trend on the part of publisher's to cut costs by simply omitting parts of the book!
As the title suggests, the book concentrates entirely on armoured fighting vehicles - specifically between the debut of the first tanks durning the Battle of the Somme, upto the conclusion of the Second World War - and the men and significant units who rode these steel steeds into combat.
The book has incredible detail, with literally hundreds of eye witness accounts from all of the significant armoured conflicts of the period. These accounts are often revealing, humbling, shocking and even sometimes humerous, and they do an excellent job of accurately representing to the reader the feelings of those present at the time.
From the typically dry English wit of one tankie who when confronted with the fact that a fault in the decrepid A-series of cruiser tanks meant that its reverse gear often refused to operate, commented that they had the first tank that 'refused to retreat', to the macabre trend of describing being burnt to death within your own tank as 'brewing up', to the Americans response to the criticism by the British that they were 'over paid, over sexed, over fed, and over here', that the British were 'under paid, under sexed, under fed, and under Eisenhower', it is like opening a window into the period.
The book exposes many myths about tanks also.Read more ›
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Although I have read many war histories, and many books on "tankers", this is without doubt the best. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Derek Russell-Hill
This book really surprised me. I borrowed it from the library as I was put off a bit by the fact the reviews printed on the cover were from rather minor publications; however,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gary Slegg
If you want to know about Tank Men during the second world war than read this book. I thought it was very good.Published 13 months ago by Raymond A. Bunce
a well written, balanced and well researched account but more importantly a thoroughly good read, Definitely read this if you wish to gain some insight into what it was like to... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dr Andy Jones
A good insight to the men who fought in the tanls durring WW2. with also contibutions from Russian and Germans. Though not in abundancePublished 18 months ago by Philip
For anyone interested in tank warfare.You really should read this, it's one off the best I've ever read without a doubt.Published 19 months ago by Wardog
I have been very impressed with the candid nature of the narrative telling the reader what it was like for these brave men who were brutalised by the war they fought. Read morePublished 20 months ago by S. Amos