Bantam Press, 1st ed., 1988. 192 pp., numerous cold., + b&w photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 25 x 22cm. Small repair to d.j., at top of spine o/w Nr.FINE. This is an exciting and absorbing study of the way armoured warfare on land has developed and been totally transformed throughout the twentieth century. On 24 April 1918 history was made at Villers-Bretonneux when British and German tanks clashed in battle for the first time. The tank-versus-tank engagement was at once recognized by battlefield commanders as a potent method of dealing with the emergent tank threat to their armies. With close integration of text and illustration, the author narrates the history of the tank's tactical deployment and explains its international development against a background of technical innovations and growing threats from field artillery, mines, grenades, aircraft and missiles. This book is illustrated with photographs, cutaway drawings, maps, diagrams and unique panoramas which capture and recreate vital moments on the battlefield.