Tank Warfare

Tank Warfare

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The story of the battlefield in the 20th century was dominated by a handful of developments. Foremost of these was the introduction and refinement of tanks. In Tank Warfare, prominent military historian Jeremy Black offers a comprehensive global account of the history of tanks and armored warfare in the 20th and 21st centuries. First introduced onto the battlefield during the World War I, tanks represented the reconciliation of firepower and mobility and immediately seized the imagination of commanders and commentators concerned about the constraints of ordinary infantry. The developments of technology and tactics in the interwar years were realized in the German blitzkrieg in World War II and beyond. Yet the account of armor on the battlefield is a tale of limitations and defeats as well as of potential and achievements. Tank Warfare examines the traditional narrative of armored warfare while at the same time challenging it, and Black suggests that tanks were no "silver bullet" on the battlefield. Instead, their success was based on their inclusion in the general mix of weaponry available to commanders and the context in which they were used.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 567g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253049997
  • 9780253049995
  • 751,108

Table of contents


1. The Start
2. The 1920s
3. The 1930s
4. The Second World War, I: Axis Advances
5. The Second World War, II: The Allies Attack
6. The Early Cold War, 1945-1967
7. The Late Cold War, 1968-1990
8. Since 1990
9. The Future

Selected Further Reading
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Black's text is far more than a mere chronological account of tank warfare. It is indeed much more. It is a critique to a sort of tank-centric approach of military culture, one that appeared after World War Two and has been in vogue for the whole duration of the Cold War, an approach which derives from a flawed use of military history. The book is also an overview of what tanks are today and, of course, what tanks should be tomorrow. -- Matteo Mazziotti di Celso * Nuova Antologia Militare *
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About Jeremy Black

Jeremy Black is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Exeter and a Senior Fellow both of Policy Exchange and of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is the author of many books, including A History of Britain: 1945 to Brexit, War and Technology, and Warfare in the Western World, 1882-1975. Black is a recipient of the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize from the Society for Military History.
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