1st ed., 1977. 144 pp., cold., + b&w photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 28 x 22cm. Spine of d.j., faded with some edge repairs o/w V.G. From their debut on the Somme to their first major success at Amiens in 1918, from the legendary and devastating success of the Panzers to the role of the tank in the nuclear age, the author traces the history of the tank showing how powerful they were in the hands of brilliant strategists like Guderian, Rommel and Paton. He shows that having won the bitter struggle for acceptance, tank designers were then faced with a non-stop race to evade obsolescence by the continual improvement and refinement of the tank and its weaponry. Above all, the author shows that beyond the guns and the armour plate, the decisive factors have always been the vision and the inspiration, the weaknesses and the bravery, of the men who built the tanks and the men who fought in them.