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by Christopher Chant

Free eBook World Encyclopedia of the Tank download ISBN: 0750931477
Author: Christopher Chant
Publisher: Sutton Publishing; 2 edition (December 22, 2003)
Language: English
Pages: 408
Category: Historical
Subcategory: Military
Size MP3: 1133 mb
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Rating: 4.5
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Christopher Chant is an accomplished military historian. Since going freelance in 1974 he has written or co-authored some 100 books on modern military matters. Chris lives in Sutherland in Scotland.

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by Christopher Chant. One of the most potent weapons of the 20th century, the tank has evolved over many years of development. Increasingly sophisticated technology has enhanced the tank's domination of all operational conditions, by virtue of its unparalleled combination of offensive and defensive attributes. Firepower, protection and mobility have all been improved continuously in the ceaseless struggle for battlefield supremacy.

One of the most potent and fascinating weapons of the twentieth century, the tank has evolved over ninety years of development. Increasingly sophisticated technology has enhanced the tank's domination of all operational conditions, by virtue of its unparalleled combination of offensive and defensive attributes. Firepower, protection and mobility have all been improved continuously in the ceaseless struggle for battlefield supremacy. The tank has a position of unrivalled importance in twentieth-century military history. Developed originally by the British to break the deadlock of trench warfare during the First World War, the tank proved to be a devastating breakthrough weapon, achieving unprecedented results in the Battle of Cambrai in 1917. The tank's true potential, however, was only fully appreciated by the Germans, who set in train a highly secret tank development program between the World Wars. This initiative culminated in the revolutionary concept of Blitzkrieg, a strategy based on the use of amour to punch holes in the enemy's defenses, and was to result in the Nazi domination of continental Europe. The tank continues to be at the heart of modern strategic thinking, having proved its worth in the 1991 Gulf War. A combination of color photographs, specially-drawn artwork and technical specifications make this a definitive reference for anyone interested in the development of the tank.
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AfinaS
While I can't be quite as critical of this 1994 effort from Christopher Chant as another reviewer, I do have to agree that, in a ranking of the Top 10 publications dealing with this ultimate in armoured fighting vehicles, it would be conspicuous by its absence.

Even so, in tracing the history from pre-World War I to its development in that conflict, the lean inter-war period, the German embracing of all-tank divisions while everyone else continued to look upon it as an infantry-support weapon only, and the early WW II consequences of that far- and ill-sighted approach, through to the most modern of tanks (as of the publishing date) does provide some great illustrations, nor is the supporting text so completely skewed as the other reviewer would have you believe. And it does have an interesting 11-page sequence on Japanese tank development which is not always evident in other publications, some of which tend to skim over that country's AFV efforts.

Following a single-page introduction, the book is broken down into these chapters:
The Infant Giant - pages 9 to 53; A Troubled Adolescence - pages 53 to 106; Precocious Germany - pages 106 to 142; The Blitzkrieg Years - pages 142 to 174; Allied Dominance - pages 174 to 221; The Modern Tank - in colour - pages 221 to 236; The Years Of Consolidation - pages 255 to 293; New Beginnings - pages 293 to 357; Afterword: The Future - pages 357 to 379
Appendix: Organization of tank divisions in the U.K., USA, Germany, Italy, France, USSR and China - pages 379 to 388; Index - pages 388 to 392.

My main criticism is the same one I apply to just about every publication dealing with the tank's development, and that is a complete ignoring of a design submitted to the British War Office in 1914 by an Australian inventor by the name of Mr. Lancelot de Mole, who had first started to develop his idea in 1912!. This was submitted with a covering letter dated September 19 from Australian civil engineer G.W.D. Breadon in which he wrote: "The question of armaments being of paramount importance to armies engaged in this great war, may I suggest your placing the plans, specifications, and models submitted by Mr. Lancelot de Mole in 1912 before a committee of experts, with a view to the adoption of travelling forts against the German forces? In my humble opinion no deadlier or more efficient war engine could be used than de Mole's caterpillar fort, which can travel over broken ground, climb embankments, span canals, streams, and trenches with the greatest of ease, and which, if armoured and manned with small quick-firing guns and Maxims, will quickly turn the most stubborn of armies, even if they be strongly entrenched. A line of moving fortresses - no dreamer's fancy, but an idea which can be actually materialised - adequately supported by artillery, will carry everything before it, and save the infantry."

The machines that did eventually emerge bore such a remarkable similarity to de Mole's design that it bordered on criminal the way he was virtually ignored when awards and recognition were being handed out after the war. He had even used the word "tank" in his original submission, a name later claimed to have been invented by someone in the British War Office to disguise its development. It seems no mere Australian corporal (de Mole eventually made his way to the front with an Australian unit) was to share credit with the British officer class.

One document after the war did acknowledge his invention by describing it as "an astonishing individual feat ... it meant that one man, single-handed and in a quiet time of peace was responsible for an achievement not equalled by the co-operation of our best British brains, and by long experiment, under the stimulus of a great national adversity."

Unfortunately, he is rarely if ever mentioned in any publication dealing with the AFV's history and even in those that do mention him, it's only in passing.
Hudora
This is one of those textbook cases in which the definition of "encyclopedia" is severely distorted and abused.
The word encyclopedia, in fact, defines a literary work intended to sum the human knowledge about one or more topics, divided and processed for entries, possibly in alphabetical order, with greater amplitude than - for example - a dictionary.

This massive little volume is missing the definition by several kilometers, as it is a single, very long, historical-technical treatise on the development of the tank, intended as THE machine, with only a few, very vague hints on its tactical use, or the armored arm in general, not to mention the weapon systems and all the rest, which are treated en passand throu the body of the text.

In fact, the book is divided into very long, continuous chapters, devoid of the slightest interruption, divided by historical period.

The same armor that should be the focus of discussion are relegated to small information boxes with the essential data (and I do mean essential as in reduced to a minimum) on some selected vehicles at the absolute discretion of the author, as a representative of the genre/period.

All the rest is nothing but a long and tedious, almost chronological, disquisition about engines, tracks and their proponents and designers, real boring, trust me, that becomes even more annoying when you try to look for a topic or a specific means in the immense cauldron represented by the text, view the complete absence - to be precise - of lexicon, terms, separate topics or headings.

It's pretty useless, no doubt about it ...
Stanober
If you know next to nothing about tanks and you happen to find a copy of this book on the bargin book table priced less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks, buy it. Otherwise, save your money because Wikipedia is a more complete and accurate source for information for most of the vehicles covered in Chant's World Encyclopedia.

Chant does provide vehicle line drawings and some photos you will not find for free on Wikipedia. However, the photos are available other places, and the line drawings are of questionable value. The book's text is riddled with out of date information and second hand options not supported by primary documents. I don't like to be so harsh, but Chant's history and technical assessment of vehicles like the German Panther tank and Soviet IS-3 are just myths at this point. This book should have been completely revised before it was reprinted to reflect the massive amounts of new information that has come to light since the 90s.

If you are interested in the history of armor spend your money on titles by authors like Steve Zaloga, Thomas Jentz and David Fletcher who base their work on primary documents and limit their research to AFVs from specific countries or time periods. If you need cheap general history book try to pick up the Chamberlain and Ellis book "Tanks of the World 1915-1945." For modern MBTs and other types of AFVs, Janes has published several paper books that may meet your needs.