The invention of tanks in World War I brought a revolutionary new weapon to the battlefield, and the tank came of age during World War II at the cutting edge of Hitler’s Blitzkrieg, taking its place as the most powerful machine on the 20th-century battlefield. What was it like to be a tank driver or gunner in the Battle of the Bulge, on the Eastern Front, the hills of Korea or the deserts of Iraq? With Battleground, editor Steven J. Zaloga brings to life the legendary tank clashes that have become one of the hallmarks of modern combat.
In an expert Introduction, Zaloga charts the development of tank warfare and technology—and in subsequent chapters covers specific pairings of tanks (for example, “Panther vs T-34/76: Ukraine 1943”). From the Sherman and the Tiger to the M1 Abrams, the book shows how tank crews dealt with the deafening noise and scorching heat of battle while driving and operating tons of sophisticated machinery. Packed with harrowing firsthand accounts, dramatic archival photographs, stunningly lifelike digital artwork and fact boxes with exhaustive specs, it takes us inside the greatest tanks ever developed in some of the most crucial duels of 20th-century land warfare.
Hardcover Book : 368 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Ltd. ( August 01, 2011 )
Item #: 13-433579
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.5 inches
Product Weight: 51.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)