Stevenage, new ed., from the original 1930's eds. Viii + 312 pp., ills., plans + a photo-ills. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Sticky-back plastic pasting d.j., down for preservation, upper and lower edges of inside flaps (only) of d.j., narrowly trimmed (not affecting any text) ; owner's details penned to top corner of f.f.e.p., o/w V.G. Originally published in 1930, the author had first hand experience having fought as a tank commander in the first tank versus tank duel in 1918, for which he was awarded the Military Cross. This exciting incident, and many others, are narrated here in this balanced blend of technical information, operational history and personal experience. The author investigates the origins of tanks, the development of the machinery and the concept. He describes all the tank battles of the war which included the Somme, Arras, Ypres and Cambrai. Also covered are less publicised activities such as training at home, the depot, thrills of the first tank ride etc. The author briefly goes into use of tanks in Egypt and the formation of the USA Tank Corps and provides illustrations, a glossary of tank terms and a full index.