Osprey Publishing, 2015. — 385 p. — (Osprey General Military). — ISBN: 1472806700From an internationally acclaimed expert in the field comes a detailed, analytical and comprehensive account of the worldwide evolution of tanks, from their inception a century ago to the present day. With new ideas stemming from the latest academic research, this study presents a reappraisal of the development of tanks and their evolution during World War I and how the surge in technological development during World War II and the subsequent Cold War drove tank developments in Europe and America, transforming tanks into fast, resilient and powerful fighting machines. From the primitive, bizarre-looking Mark V to the Matilda and from the menacing King Tiger to the superlative M1 Abrams, Professor Ogorkiewicz shows how tanks gradually acquired the enhanced capabilities that enabled them to become what they are today - the core of combined-arms, mechanized warfare.Contents Introduction Acknowledgements The Origin of the Species The ‘Invention’ of the Tank First World War Battlefield Debut Post-War Anticlimax Britain’s Lead and Failings Tank Development in Europe and America Creation of the Armoured Forces Panzers and their Second World War Opponents The Cold War’s Five Dominant Countries On the Peripheries of Major Powers Asia Catches Up Epilogue Appendices Growth of Gun Power The Quest for Greater Protection Different Aspects of Mobility Notes
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