TANKS of the Second World War

By Thomas Anderson

Originally published back in 2014 by Geramond Verlag GmbH as Die Panzer des Zweiten Weltkriegs, this 2017 translated version is thanks to Pen and Sword. There is no shortage of general histories about the tank on the market at the moment and the ‘hardcore’ reference works will already be on many of your bookshelves. This one however, I get the impression, pitches at a slightly different market place, that of the younger enthusiast (or someone new to the subject) that is looking for a general grounding backed up by some nice photographs. It is the latter which will swing it for the more knowledgeable as the images, the bulk of them unpublished, are very impressive and worth the cover price alone. The text is light throughout and chapters include sections the First World War, the Inter-War period, Tanks in Action (1930s) and a section on the immediate Post-War period. That said, the text that is provided is good solid factual stuff and all of the captions add something to every shot.

Once you have got through the first impression of being a ‘coffee table’ book this is a worthy addition to the history of the tank. Very nice, quality book thanks to Charlie at Pen & Sword for our review copy.  


ISBN: 978-147385-932-6

Price: £25.00

Pages: 220

Format: hardback – 280mm x 220mm

Publisher: Pen & Sword Military

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