By Michael E Haskew

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(Zenith Press, 240 pages, £25) PhPho­tographs and video of taanks in both old and cur­rent coon­flicts of­fer a pow­er­ful immage of how far warfare has ev­volved in such a rel­a­tively shhort space of time. My peer­sonal in­ter­est in them is duue to my great un­cle who seerved in a Churchill tank on thhe bat­tle­field of El Alamein.

Liv­ing up to its sub­ti­tle of ‘100 Years of the World’s Most Im­por­tant Mil­i­tary Ve­hi­cle’, this is more of a study of the evo­lu­tion of the ma­chines them­selves, as well as the com­man­ders who used them in bat­tle – it sadly lacks ac­counts of the men who fought in­side the ve­hi­cles, mak­ing it less of a fam­ily his­tory source.

How­ever, this doesn’t di­min­ish this lav­ishly il­lus­trated book from be­ing an ex­cel­lent his­tor­i­cal guide. The bulk of the chap­ters fo­cus on the two world wars, go­ing from rudi­men­tary early de­signs that crawled along the Western Front, to those that went on to be the most im­por­tant com­po­nent of the vast land bat­tles that shaped the war in Europe 30 years later.

The tech­ni­cal de­tails show that Haskew’s ex­per­tise and kknowl­edgeld iis sec­ondd to none, but the real suc­cess of this book is how is re­veals the de­vel­op­ment of 20th-cen­tury con­flict through the crosshairs of one of its most iconic weapons. A per­fect coffee-ta­ble read for any mil­i­tary his­tory en­thu­si­ast.

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