Rise of the Tank


Armoured Vehicles and their use in the First World War

By: Michael Foley
Supplied by: Pen and Sword

Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781783463930
Published: 1st September 2014
RRP / Print Price: £19.99

Current purchase price:
£19.99

Rise of the Tank

The tank played a hugely successful part in the Allied war effort during the First World War. It is a mystery, then, why the development of the weapon took so long and was resisted so fiercely by a number of key men and government departments. The idea of an armoured vehicle was far from new by the outbreak of war in August 1914. As early as the fifteenth century Leonardo da Vinci imagined wheeled vehicles equipped with canons. In 1903 H.G. Wells described his version of the tank to be armourplated, have internal power and be able to cross trenches; characteristics that were remarkably similar to the tanks that trundled onto the Somme battlefields thirteen years later.

In this book the author analyses key questions surrounding the tank including why senior army personnel were so opposed to its development and content to continue to send wave after wave of unprotected men into the mouths of German machine guns. We also learn more about Lord Kitchener and his scepticism of the tank, which led to the weapon being developed by the Royal Navy under the watchful eye of Winston Churchill. Was Kitchener's death in June 1916 a major component behind the tank finally being used in a combat situation?

The author then explores the enemy feeling towards the tank and evaluates why the German high command had little use for it. By the end of the war the Germans had produced only twenty of their own. Did this contribute to an ultimate Allied victory?

These and many other questions are answered in Rise of the Tank. Split into four chapters that deal with the idea and development, the tank in action and the men who operated them, and illustrated with more than 100 original images, the book should appeal to First World War and military vehicle enthusiasts alike.

 




Some books that may interest you

British Expeditionary Force - Lys Offensive
British Expeditionary Force - Lys Offensive
By: Andrew Rawson

Air war in East Africa 1940-1941
Air war in East Africa 1940-1941
By: Diane Canwell, Jon Sutherland

Storming St Nazaire
Storming St Nazaire
By: James Dorrian

With the Paras in Helmand
With the Paras in Helmand
By: Craig Allen

The Boer War
The Boer War
By: Sir Winston S. Churchill

Kesselring: The Making of the Luftwaffe
Kesselring: The Making of the Luftwaffe
By: Kenneth Macksey

In Good Company
In Good Company
By: The Hon William Fraser
Edited by: David Fraser

Escape, Evasion and Revenge
Escape, Evasion and Revenge
By: Marc H Stevens

4 Group Bomber Command
4 Group Bomber Command
By: Chris Ward



Quick Find
 
Use keywords to find the book you are looking for.
Advanced Search

Information
Contact Us

Disclosure: Military History books are affiliates of the suppliers on this website and will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.


123 Reg - Jargon-free products that make it easy for anyone to get their business online.