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From its first appearance on the battlefields of World War I, the tank struck fear into the enemy’s hearts. As the tank developed, tactics evolved both to exploit it and to counter it: the French may have had better tanks in 1940, but the Germans tactically deployed their tanks in the Blitzkrieg more successfully, breaking through the French lines.
Through this examination of significant tank battles and campaigns, Tank Combat demonstrates how the tank remained a key part of any commander’s offensive (and defensive) plans. The book discusses the importance of particular military commanders, such as Guderian and Fuller, and includes in-depth accounts of great tank battles from Cambrai to Kursk, and from Chinese Farm to Desert Storm. The authors also examine the evolution of tank design from the British Males and Females of World War I to the Soviet T-34 and German Panther of World War II, and on to the American M1 Abrams, British Challenger and French Leclerc designs.
With photographs, maps and diagrams, the book shows how tanks have fought on the battlefields of Europe, Africa and Asia and analyses the tactics used in armoured battles up to the First Gulf War. Tank Combat is a definitive guide to the art of armoured combat in the twentieth century.

Format: 245 x 183mm (93⁄4 x 71⁄4”) pb
Extent: 176 pages
Word count: 60,000 words
Illustrations: 150 b/w photographs, 25 b/w line drawings
ISBN: 9781782745358

Author details:

Christer Jörgensen graduated with a Ph.D from University College, London. An expert on military history, he has published various books on the history of warfare. He has previously contributed to Fighting Techniques of the Early Modern World and Battles That Changed Warfare. Chris Mann is a lecturer in European history at the University of Surrey and University College, London. A holder of a doctorate in war studies from King’s College, London, his area of expertise is Scandinavian military history in the twentieth century, specifically during World War II. He is the author of Norwegian Armed Forces in Exile 1940–1945 and The T-34, and co-author of Inside Hitler’s Germany.