Crusader And Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939 45 by David Fletcher, Crusader And Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939 45 Books available in PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Docs and Mobi Format. Download Crusader And Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939 45 books, The Covenanter (which never saw active service) and Crusader Cruiser tanks were developed between 1939 and 1940. The Crusader first saw action in the North African desert in June 1941: its speed and sleek design made it a hard target to hit, and the tank was well-respected by the Afrikakorps for its velocity in combat. But its hurried development prior to World War II also made it prone to mechanical failure. This book examines the Covenanter and the many variants of the Crusader tank, detailing the designs, developments and disappointments of these infamous World War II tanks.
Crusader And Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939 45 by Bruce Newsome, Valentine Infantry Tank 1938 45 Books available in PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Docs and Mobi Format. Download Valentine Infantry Tank 1938 45 books, The Valentine was the most produced and most widely used British tank of the Second World War. The Valentine first saw combat during Operation Compass in November 1941 and remained one of the main medium tanks in British service into 1943. As the Churchill became more prevalent the Valentine was relegated to specialist and tank-destroyer variants, which would remain in service in the Far East to the end of the war. This book describes the evolution of the Valentine design and weighs up its impact on the battlefield. Although widely regarded today as one of the weaker tanks to be fielded during the war, it was exceptionally numerous, with more Valentines produced than any other British tank.
Crusader And Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939 45 by David Fletcher, British Battle Tanks Books available in PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Docs and Mobi Format. Download British Battle Tanks books, Plagued by unreliable vehicles and poorly thought-out doctrine, the early years of World War II were years of struggle for Britain's tank corps. Relying on tanks built in the late 1930s, and those designed and built with limited resources in the opening years of the war, they battled valiantly against an opponent well versed in the arts of armoured warfare. This book is the second of a multi-volume history of British tanks by renowned British armour expert David Fletcher MBE. It covers the development and use of the Matilda, Crusader, and Valentine tanks that pushed back the Axis in North Africa, the much-improved Churchill that fought with distinction from North Africa to Normandy, and the excellent Cromwell tank of 1944–45. It also looks at Britain's super-heavy tank projects, the TOG1 and TOG2, and the Tortoise heavy assault tank, designed to smash through the toughest of battlefield conditions, but never put into production.
Crusader And Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939 45 by Dick Taylor, The Second World War Tank Crisis Books available in PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Docs and Mobi Format. Download The Second World War Tank Crisis books, British Second World War tanks performed so badly that it is difficult to bring to mind any other British weapon of the period that provokes such a strong sense of failure. Unfortunately, many of the accusations appear to be true – British tanks were in many ways a disgrace. But why was Britain, the country that invented them, consistently unable to field tanks of the required quality or quantity throughout the conflict? This perceived failure has taken on the status of a myth, but, like all myths, it should not be accepted at face value – it should be questioned and analyzed. And that is what Dick Taylor does in this closely researched and absorbing study. He looks at the flaws in British financial policy, tank doctrine, design, production and development before and throughout the war years which often had fatal consequences for the crews who were sent to fight and to be ‘murdered’ in ‘mechanical abortions’. Their direct experience of the shortcomings of these machines is an important element of the story. He also considers how British tanks compared to those of the opposition and contrasts tank production for the army with the production of aircraft for the RAF during the same period. His clear-sighted account goes on to explain how, later in the conflict, British tank design improved to the point where their tanks were in many ways superior to those of the Americans and Germans and how they then produced the Centurion which was one of the best main battle tanks of the post-war era.
Crusader And Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939 45 by George Bradford, Allied Armored Fighting Vehicles Books available in PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Docs and Mobi Format. Download Allied Armored Fighting Vehicles books, Filled with 1:72-scale drawings of armored vehicles from the U.S., Britain, Canada, and Russia.
Crusader And Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939 45 by David Fletcher, Sherman Firefly Books available in PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Docs and Mobi Format. Download Sherman Firefly books, The most powerfully gunned tank fielded by the Allies during World War II was the Sherman Firefly. An ordinary American-built Sherman modified by the British, the Firefly had the firepower that could finally match the awesome German tanks that had dominated Europe. David Fletcher examines the controversy that dogged the Firefly and the psychological boost the tank provided to Allied forces. Exploring its successes and failures on the battlefield and providing a realistic assessment of the tank's worth, this is essential reading for anyone wanting to know the facts about a tank variant that quickly developed its own mythology.
Crusader And Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939 45 by George Bradford, British Armored Fighting Vehicles Books available in PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Docs and Mobi Format. Download British Armored Fighting Vehicles books, Filled with fine-scale drawings of British armored vehicles, including: • Stuart I Light Tank • Crusader III • Tank • Humber Scout Car • Valentine Bridgelayer • Cromwell IV Tank Daimler Armored Car • And dozens more . . .
Crusader And Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939 45 by Anthony Tucker-Jones, Allied Armour 1939 1945 Books available in PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Docs and Mobi Format. Download Allied Armour 1939 1945 books, During the first years of the Second World War, Allied forces endured a series of terrible defeats at the hands of the Germans, Italians and Japanese. Their tanks were outclassed, their armored tactics were flawed. But the advent of new tank designs and variants, especially those from the United States, turned the tables. Although German armor was arguably still superior at the end of the war, the competence of Allied designs and the sheer scale of their production gave them a decisive advantage on the armored battlefield. This is the fascinating story that Anthony Tucker-Jones tells in this book which is part of a three-volume history of armored warfare during the Second World War. Chapters cover each major phase of the conflict, from the early blitzkrieg years when Hitler’s Panzers overran Poland, France and great swathes of the Soviet Union to the Allied fight back in tank battles in North Africa, Italy and northern Europe. He also covers less-well-known aspects of the armored struggle in sections on Allied tanks in Burma, India and during the Pacific campaign. Technical and design armored are a key element in the story, but so are changes in tactics and the role of the tanks in the integrated all-arms forces that overwhelmed the Axis.
Crusader And Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939 45 by Richard Doherty, British Armoured Divisions And Their Commanders 1939 1945 Books available in PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Docs and Mobi Format. Download British Armoured Divisions And Their Commanders 1939 1945 books, A total of eleven British armoured divisions were formed during the 1939-1945 war but, as this highly informative book reveals, just eight saw action.In 1940 only 1st Armoured Division faced the German blitzkrieg and it was in the North African desert that armoured divisions came into their own. The terrain was ideal and six such divisions of Eighth Army fought Rommel's Panzers into submission. Three were disbanded prior to the invasion of Sicily and Italy. The campaign from D-Day onwards saw the Guards Armoured, 7th Armoured (the Desert Rats), 11th and Percy Hobart's 79th Armoured Division in the thick of the action.Of particular interest are the men who commanded these elite formations and the way their characters contributed to the outcome of operations. While some, such as Dick McCreery, went onto greater heights, others did not make the grade; the stakes were high. A number, such as 'Pip' Roberts, were just perfectly suited in the role.Written by a leading military historian, this book describes many fascinating aspects of armoured warfare from its uncertain beginnings, through the development of tactics and the evolving tank design. Due to British deficiencies, reliance had to be placed on US Grants and Shermans, with the Comet coming late and the Centurion too late.The combination of gripping historical narrative and well researched fact make this an invaluable and highly readable work on the contribution of British Armoured Divisions to victory in the Second World War.
Crusader And Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939 45 by Simon Forty, Tank Warfare 1939 1945 Books available in PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Docs and Mobi Format. Download Tank Warfare 1939 1945 books, On the battlefields of Europe and North Africa during the Second World War tanks played a key role, and the intense pressure of combat drove forward tank design and tactics at an extraordinary rate. In a few years, on all sides, tank warfare was transformed. This is the dramatic process that Simon and Jonathan Forty chronicle in this heavily illustrated history. They describe the fundamentals of pre-war tank design and compare the theories formulated in the 1930s as to how they should be used in battle. Then they show how the harsh experience of the German blitzkrieg campaigns in Poland, France and the Soviet Union compelled the Western Allies to reconsider their equipment, organization and tactics and how the Germans responded to the Allied challenge. The speed of progress is demonstrated in the selection of over 180 archive photographs which record, as only photographs can, the conditions of war on each battle front. They also give a vivid impression of what armoured warfare was like for the tank crews of 75 years ago.
Crusader And Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939 45 by Benjamin Coombs, British Tank Production And The War Economy 1934 1945 Books available in PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Docs and Mobi Format. Download British Tank Production And The War Economy 1934 1945 books, British Tank Production and the War Economy, 1934-1945 explores the under-researched experiences of the British tank industry in the context of the pressures of war. Benjamin Coombs explores the various demands placed on British industry during the Second World War, looking at the political, military and strategy pressures involved. By comparing the British tank programme with the Canadian, American, Russian and Australian equivalents, this study offers an international perspective on this aspect of the war economy. Topics covered include the premature contraction of the tank programme and dependence on American armour, the supply of the Valentine tank to the Russian authorities and the ongoing employment of the tank in the postwar peacetime markets.
Crusader And Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939 45 by Peter Gudgin, Armoured Firepower Books available in PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Docs and Mobi Format. Download Armoured Firepower books, The firepower of a tank is its most important characteristic and its sole raison d'etre, therefore the choice of armament is a vital ingredient in equipping an armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) for success on the battlefield. The Second World War acted as the catalyst that accelerated design and development of AFV armament systems to new heights of power and efficacy.
Crusader And Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939 45 by G. Courage, The History Of 15 19 The King S Royal Hussars 1939 1945 Books available in PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Docs and Mobi Format. Download The History Of 15 19 The King S Royal Hussars 1939 1945 books,
Crusader And Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939 45 by David French, Raising Churchill S Army Books available in PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Docs and Mobi Format. Download Raising Churchill S Army books, This is the first serious analysis of the combat capability of the British army in the Second World War. It sweeps away the myth that the army suffered from poor morale, and that it only won its battles thorugh the use of 'brute force' and by reverting to the techniques of the First World War. David French analyses the place of the army in British strategy in the interwar period and during the Second World War. He shows that after 1918 the General Staff tried hard to learn the lessons of the First World War, enthusiastically embracing technology as the best way of minimizing future casualties. In the first half of the Second World War the army did suffer from manifold weaknesses, not just in the form of shortages of equipment, but also in the way in which it applied its doctrine. Few soldiers were actively eager to close with the enemy, but the morale of the army never collapsed and its combat capability steadily improved from 1942 onwards. Professor French assesses Montgomery's contributions to the war effort and concludes that most important were his willingness to impose a uniform understanding of doctrine on his subordinates, and to use mechanized firepower in ways quite different from Haig in the First World War.
Crusader And Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939 45 by Stephen Bull, Churchill S Army Books available in PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Docs and Mobi Format. Download Churchill S Army books, Winston Churchill, Britain's iconic war time Prime Minister, is inextricably linked with the victorious British Army of 1939 to 1945. Yet hindsight, propaganda, and the imperative of the defeat of Hitler and Imperial Japan, have led to a tendency to oversimplify the image of Churchill the war leader, and 'his' Army. For whilst Churchill was undeniably a towering statesman, his relations with both the Army and War Office were ambiguous and altered considerably not only with the progress of the Second World War, but over decades. In this comprehensive book, Stephen Bull examines every aspect of the British Army during the Second World War, and considers in detail the strengths and weaknesses of an organisation that was tested to its limits on many fronts but made an immense contribution to the successful Allied outcome. The book explores the structure of military power from the men who ran it, the Generals to the detail of the regiments they commanded. It looks at the uniforms the soldiers wore and the badges and insignia they bore on their uniforms. The weaponry Churchill's army used is discussed in detail, from small arms including rifles, bayonets, grenades, carbines and machine guns to the massed firepower of the artillery along with the increasing sophistication of tanks and other military vehicles during the period. Finally the role of auxiliary and special forces and their contribution to the campaign is considered. The comprehensive text is enhanced by more than 200 contemporary photographs.
Crusader And Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939 45 by Peter Chamberlain, Pictorial History Of Tanks Of The World 1915 45 Books available in PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Docs and Mobi Format. Download Pictorial History Of Tanks Of The World 1915 45 books,
Crusader And Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939 45 by Peter Beale, Fallen Sentinel Books available in PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Docs and Mobi Format. Download Fallen Sentinel books, Against the backdrop of the sweeping conquest of Western Europe by Hitler's mighty Panzer Divisions in WWII, Australia produced 66 cruiser tanks - the Sentinel tank - but none ever took the field of battle. The story of Australian tanks in WWII portrays governments under pressure and bureaucratic bungles that saw opportunities lost and precious resources squandered when the nation was under greatest threat. This careful dissection of government process in the crucible of war is a rare gem in an age when most wartime histories focus on the front-line soldier.
Crusader And Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939 45 by Asko Itkonen, Ison Britannian Tankit 1918 1960 Books available in PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Docs and Mobi Format. Download Ison Britannian Tankit 1918 1960 books, Tankki kehitettiin Iso-Britanniassa ja Ranskassa 1910-luvun puolessa välissä lähes yhtäaikaa ensimmäisen maailmansodan ratkaisijaksi. Ensimmäisen maailmansodan päätyttyä ensimmäisen maailmansodan tankkijoukkoa johtanut eversti J.F.C. Fuller esitti täysin panssaroidun joukon perustamista, jolla olisi itsenäinen kyky hyökkäykseen vihollisen syvyyteen. Samaan aikaan brittiarmeijassa aiemmin toiminut upseeri Basil Liddell Hart esitti kaikki tarvittavat aselajit edustavan mekanisoidun joukon perustamista. Iso-Britanniassa panssarivaunuja haluttiin valmistaa erilaisilla vaatimuksilla jalkaväen tukitankeiksi, ratsuväkityyppisiksi cruiser tankeiksi sekä tankki vastaan tankki tyyppisiin taisteluihin soveltuviksi tankeiksi. Lisäksi valmistettiin kevyitä tankkeja muun muassa tiedustelutyyppisiin tehtäviin. Natsi-Saksan hyökkäys länteen vuoden 1940 puolessa välissä pakotti panssarivaunujen suunnittelun ja massamaisen tuotannon suuntaamisen nykyaikaiseen liikesotaan tarkoitettujen mekanisoitujen- ja panssariyhtymien varustamiseen. Kuinka Iso-Britannia onnistui tässä?
Crusader And Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939 45 by Steven Zaloga, Armored Champion Books available in PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Docs and Mobi Format. Download Armored Champion books, Armor expert Zaloga enters the battle over the best tanks of World War II with this heavy-caliber blast of a book armed with more than forty years of research.