Armoured Warfare in the First World War 1916 - 1918

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives by Anthony Tucker-Jones

 

The ‘Images of War’ series continues with this book, which looks at armoured warfare during the last two years of the First World War. Considering the narrow period of time covered, the book clearly shows how rapid the development of the armoured vehicle was under the pressure of wartime conditions. As with all these books, the photography dominates although on this occasion the dozen chapters all begin with a few pages of introductory text. Chapters include ‘Little Willie’ and ‘Mother’; First blood at Flers; French heavies at Berry-au-Bac; Trapped at Passchendaele; Fortress Cambrai; Villers-Bretonneux; Renaults at Soissons and St Mihiel debut.   

The book contains 150 photographs of varying quality, some of which have already served in other publications. Generally the book focusses on the development of the tank on both sides but also takes a look at the armoured car and truck not to mention improving protection for the infantry. The frailty of the tank is clearly shown in a number of photographs; exposed and slow, this new weapon was still no match for well re-positioned and directed German artillery.  

As usual Tucker-Jones does not hold back and his choice of photographs dispels any ideas of glamour and success, especially from the Allies point of view.

Highly recommended and thanks to Pen & Sword for our review copy.  

 

ISBN: 978-1473872987

Price: £14.99

Pages: 188

Format: softback – 246mm x 192mm

Publisher: Pen & Sword Military

Website: www.pen-and-sword.com.uk