By Michael E Haskew
(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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