RUDE MECHANICALS : AN ACCOUNT OF TANK MATURITY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

Smithers, A. J.


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Leo Cooper, 1st ed., 1987. Xviii + 216 pp., 51 photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. This book follows the story of the tank through the Second World War. Few will appreciate how much more effective the role of the tank would have been had the right tanks been in the right places at the right times. Nor was this the only problem. First of all, the right tank had to be designed and then built. Britain had the monopoly on tanks in 1919 but nobody carried the pioneer’s work forward during the interwar years so that by 1939 Britain was back at square one whereas Germany and Russia had been busy designing new tanks. The author explains, "The failure to produce any tank fit to fight the German after more than five years of war and with all the manufacturing capacity of the USA well out of bomber range is a disgrace. This book is an attempt to show how it came about."


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