Early US Armor

Early US Armor Author Steven J. Zaloga
ISBN-10 9781472818096
Year 2017-04-07
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
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Between the two World Wars, the US contributed significantly to the development of the tank, a weapon invented by the British and the French seeking a way to break through the lines of German trenches. From the employment of the French Renault FT and British Mark V during their involvement in World War I, the US branched out with their own indigenous designs including the M1 Cavalry Car and the M2 Light and Medium tanks, the precursors to the Stuart and Grant tanks of World War II. Tank designers in this period faced unique challenges and so the story of early American armour is littered with failures amongst the successes. Featuring previously unpublished photos and fully illustrated throughout, Early American Armor (1): Tanks 1916–40 is essential reading for anyone interested in American armour, or in the development of tank design.

M3 Lee Grant Medium Tank 1941 45

M3 Lee Grant Medium Tank 1941   45 Author Steven J. Zaloga
ISBN-10 9781472803078
Year 2013-03-20
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
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The highly successful 'stop-gap' M3 medium tank was designed in 1941, and as adequate turret casting facilities were not yet ready, the M3 used an unusual armament configuration patterned after a French tank. British lend-lease demands led to the design of a second turret type with the US version called the Lee and the British version the Grant. It could penetrate Panzer armor, and its explosive firepower was excellent for dealing with German anti-tank guns. This book covers the design, development, service and variants of a vehicle that was the backbone of many World War II forces.

British Battle Tanks

British Battle Tanks Author David Fletcher
ISBN-10 9781472817570
Year 2016-08-25
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
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When British soldiers charged across the Somme in September 1916 they were accompanied by a new and astonishing weapon – the tank. After a stuttering start armoured behemoths such as the Mark IV, Mark V and Whippet played a crucial role in bringing World War I to an end. Marking the centenary of their battlefield debut, this comprehensive volume traces the design and development of the famous British invention during World War I and the increasingly tense years of the 1920s and 30s, from the first crude but revolutionary prototype to the ever-more sophisticated designs of later years. Bolstered by historic photographs and stunning illustrations, author David Fletcher brings us the thrilling history behind the early British battle tanks.

Mark V Tank

Mark V Tank Author David Fletcher
ISBN-10 9781782000679
Year 2012-06-20
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
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Although, to the casual eye, all British tanks of World War I look much the same, the Mark V is quite outstanding and has a strong claim to be the tank that won the Great War. In this title, renowned tank expert David Fletcher examines the technological developments that made this tank excel where others had failed, and the reasons why it gave the British the upper hand over the Germans on the battlefield and why it was adopted by the US Tank Corps. Accompanied by detailed artwork showing the design changes that allowed the Mark V to breach the widest German trenches, this title is an excellent resource for the study of the armour of World War I.

US Flamethrower Tanks of World War II

US Flamethrower Tanks of World War II Author Steven J. Zaloga
ISBN-10 9781780960289
Year 2013-10-20
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
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The US Army and Marine Corps experimented with a wide range of flame-thrower tanks through World War II in both the European and Pacific theaters. Although the US Army deployment of flame-thrower tanks in the ETO was problematic at best, flamethrowers were much more widely used in the Pacific theater and became ubiquitous by 1945, including an entire Army flamethrower tank battalion on Okinawa in 1945, the largest single use of flamethrower tanks in World War II. This will cover the initial attempts at the use of auxiliary flamethrowers by both the US Army and Marine Corps in 1943, the standardized adoption of the Satan flamethrower tank by the Marines in 1944, the development of main gun flamethrowers by the Marines and US Army based on the POA-CWS designs, and the myriad other types tested in combat including the powerful LVT-4 design using Navy flamethrowers at Peleliu in 1944. Due to the extensive Japanese use of fortifications in the final year of the Pacific war, Flamethrower tanks became one of the most important solutions in American tactics.

Soviet Lend Lease Tanks of World War II

Soviet Lend Lease Tanks of World War II Author Steven J. Zaloga
ISBN-10 9781472818140
Year 2017-06-29
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
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The Red Army suffered such catastrophic losses of armour in the summer of 1941 that they begged Britain and the United States to send tanks. The first batches arrived in late 1941, just in time to take part in the defence of Moscow. The supplies of British tanks encompassed a very wide range of types including the Matilda, Churchill, and Valentine and even a few Tetrarch airborne tanks. American tanks included the M3 (Stuart) light tank and M3 (Lee) medium tank and the M4 Sherman tank, which became so common in 1944–45 that entire Soviet tank corps were equipped with the type. With these Western tanks, the Soviets were finally able to beat back the German tide in the East. This study examines the different types of tanks shipped to the Soviet Union during the war, Soviet assessments of their merits and problems, and combat accounts of their use in Soviet service using full colour artwork, contemporary photographs and detailed cut-away illustrations.

German Tanks in World War I

German Tanks in World War I Author Wolfgang Schneider (Oberleutnant.)
ISBN-10 0887402372
Year 1990
Pages 47
Language en
Publisher Schiffer Publishing
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This book covers the earliest forms of German armored fighting vehicles used primarily in WWI.

US Anti tank Artillery 1941 45

US Anti tank Artillery 1941   45 Author Steven J. Zaloga
ISBN-10 9781782002130
Year 2012-08-20
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
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The US Army's development of the 37mm anti-tank gun began in response to needs identified during the Spanish Civil War. By the time it entered service in Tunisia in 1943, the gun was already obsolete, and the US began the licensed manufacture of the British 6-pdr in the hope of finding a quick solution to its artillery requirements. This in turn proved unequal to the demands of warfare in France in 1944, and further anti-tank measures were developed – rocket propelled grenades for infantry use, and weapons designed specifically for use by the Tank Destroyer Force.

M103 Heavy Tank 1950 74

M103 Heavy Tank 1950 74 Author Kenneth W Estes
ISBN-10 9781849089821
Year 2013-03-20
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
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The T43 design represented the pinnacle of U.S. Army tank engineering of the late 1940s. The heavy tank proved fairly popular with its crews, who above all respected the powerful armament it carried. The outbreak of war in Korea brought a rush order in December 1950 which led to a complete production run of 300 vehicles. After 1951, the Marine Corps alone retained confidence in the heavy tank program, investing its scarce funds in the improvements necessary to bring about its fielding after a hurried production run in midst of the 'tank crisis' of the year 1950-51. The eventual retirement of the M103 in 1972, over 20 years after manufacture and after 14 years of operational service, demonstrated the soundness of its engineering. It may have been the unwanted 'ugly duckling' of the Army, which refrained from naming the M103 alone of all its postwar tanks. For the Marine Corps, it served the purpose defined for it in 1949 until the automotive and weapons technology of the United States could produce viable alternatives.

M8 Greyhound Light Armored Car 1941 91

M8 Greyhound Light Armored Car 1941 91 Author Steven J. Zaloga
ISBN-10 9781782004714
Year 2012-09-20
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
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The M8 light armored car was the only significant wheeled combat vehicle used by the US Army in World War II. In conjunction with the lightly armed utility version, the M20, it was the staple of the army's cavalry squadrons for use in reconnaissance and scouting. First entering combat in Italy in 1943, it was widely used throughout the campaign in northwest Europe, though its off-road performance was found to be wanting. This title describes the design and development of the M8, covering the many variants that were produced during World War II and afterwards, along with a comprehensive survey of its operational use.

British Mark I Tank 1916

British Mark I Tank 1916 Author David Fletcher
ISBN-10 9781780967981
Year 2012-05-20
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
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In 1915 a machine christened Little Willie changed the way that wars were fought. Little Willie was a fully tracked armoured vehicle that could break a trench system. Its development was completed in December 1915, but by then it had already been superseded by an improved design, Mother. This was the first rhomboid tank, and the prototype for the Mark 1 which would influence a whole generation of tank building. This book details the development of the Mark I, and its surprise arrival in France in the middle of 1916 during the closing weeks of the battles of the Somme.

M24 Chaffee Light Tank 1943 85

M24 Chaffee Light Tank 1943   85 Author Steven J. Zaloga
ISBN-10 1841765406
Year 2003-06-20
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Osprey Publishing
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The history of US light tanks during World War II is a chequered one. The Light Battalions of US Armored Divisions were initially filled with M3A1 and M5 Stuart tanks, however, on the battlefields of North Africa it was realised that these were disastrously under armoured and gunned, and a replacement, or the abandonment of light tank doctrine, was desperately needed. It wasn't until the last few months of WWII that the M24 Chaffee came into service and it was extensively used in combat from the Battle of the Bulge to the final campaigns in Germany. This book will trace the history of this design, its combat record in World War II, its many variants, and its extensive combat record post 1945.

BT Fast Tank

BT Fast Tank Author Steven J. Zaloga
ISBN-10 9781472810656
Year 2016-08-23
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
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An authoritative look at an important Soviet tank that fought across the battlegrounds of the 1930s and WWII--and an ideal reference guide for modelers, wargamers, and military enthusiasts.

T 26 Light Tank

T 26 Light Tank Author Steven J. Zaloga
ISBN-10 9781472806277
Year 2015-01-20
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
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The T-26 was the first major Soviet armour program of the 1930s, beginning as a license-built version of the British Vickers 6-ton export tank. Although the T-26 retained the basic Vickers hull and suspension, the Red Army began to make extensive changes to the turret and armament, starting with the addition of a 45mm tank gun in 1933. The T-26 was built in larger numbers than any other tank prior to World War II. Indeed, more T-26 tanks were manufactured than the combined tank production of Germany, France, Britain, and the United States in 1931Â?40. This book surveys the development of the T-26 as well as its combat record in the Spanish Civil War, the war in China, the border wars with Poland and Finland in 1939Â?40, and the disastrous battles of 1941 during Operation Barbarossa.

Armour of the Pacific War

Armour of the Pacific War Author Steve Zaloga
ISBN-10 0850455235
Year 1983
Pages 40
Language en
Publisher Osprey Publishing Company
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This book investigates the design, deployment and development of the armoured vehicles that saw service in the Pacific theatre of World War 2. The course of the war is traced, and the vehicles' performance summarised. Vehicles are shown in full colour artwork.