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The Tanks of World War II

The History and Legacy of Tank Warfare Between the Allies and Axis
Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: History, Europe
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World War II was the culmination of a quarter century of tank development, and it would also be the first major test of tanks in mobile warfare, during which they had to face other tanks. However, many of the tanks were constructed with the static warfare of the Western Front in mind and were thus slow and had short operational ranges. Others were too light to face opposing tanks or the new generation of anti-tank weapons that hadn’t existed in World War I. 

The unsuitability of these tank models for this new kind of warfare was quickly recognized, and the belligerent powers scrambled to create better designs. As each new, improved model came off the assembly lines, the opposing powers rushed to create a tank that could beat it. In that regard, World War II was also a war between rival engineers.  

At the same time, German military officials were at the forefront of developing new ideologies when it came to utilizing their tanks to maximum effect. Heinz Guderian even published a book on the topic before becoming one of the Third Reich’s most effective tank commanders. 

Moreover, during the German invasion of Poland, Nazi forces gained experience they would use across Europe and in Russia. After all, it was in Poland the Wehrmacht saw action for the first time, conducting what was not only an invasion, but also a trial run of its new equipment and tactics. The Polish invasion proved invaluable in providing the German high command with a low-risk, high-value live-fire exercise for their newly minted war machine, while the actual combat experience highlighted the remaining flaws in the system. During the campaign, the Germans honed tactics and weapon systems for the massive struggle with the Soviets, British, and US that loomed on the horizon.  

©2018 Charles River Editors (P)2018 Charles River Editors

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  • 16-04-2020

Lots of great information if you're into tanks.

I liked this book a lot. Its loaded with specifications on all the greatest and worst tanks of the war and fascinating story's to boot. The reader was quite fast, definitely good at his pronunciations but I frequently found myself rewinding to hear things more than once. I'd recommend to anyone who's interested in raw facts about tank warfare.

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  • Dr. M. P. Houghton
  • 09-08-2018

A fact based review

Detailed analysis backed up by facts and entertaining but relevant illustrations of historic actions, like the subject then you will like the book.