Item description for TANK VERSUS TANK: The Illustrated Story of Armoured Battlefield Conflict in the Twentieth Century by Kenneth Macksey...
This study of tank tactics and strategy explains the international development and deployment of the tank against itself and a background of technical innovations and growing threats from mines, grenades, aircraft and missiles. The illustrations recreate vital moments on the battlefield.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 8" Height: 10.5" Weight: 1.8 lbs.
Publisher Grub Street
ISBN 1902304306 ISBN13 9781902304304
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More About Kenneth Macksey
Macksey served as an officer in the Royal Tank Regiment during WWII.
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Brilliant Tank VS Tank comparison, Few like this one! Apr 6, 2008
Kenneth Macksey served as a tanker and became one of Britain's experts on tank warfare along with other military history. Sadly there will be no more books like this from him, he passed away recently and will be sorely missed as a writer and historian. Do people still debate that the German tanks were superior to their allied counterparts? Most German tanks ran out of gas, broke down after 100's of kilometer marches through meter high mud or were destroyed by their crews during encirclements like Cherkassy. They also suffered from quality parts shortages and a failing maintenance program due to overuse. Most allied tanks were destroyed by German tanks! This is fact and this book shows why, a great reference and filled with solid stats as to armour thickness and penetration ability of guns. Yes, a PIII was no match for the T34 but what about the Panthers who blew away 1-2 T34's a day for WEEKS on end? This book shows why. If you are a modeler interested in more info or a war-gamer looking for some solid stats to throw around buy this book. I only wish he had included more variety and comparisons. Along with the story of tank development from world war I till today some great short battle descriptions are also included. Remember tactics are one of the most important part of tank warfare. This book covers later tanks as well so it should be on any armour fans shelf.
One sided and updated view of armour Dec 2, 2002
This book, maybe based in a good idea, shows a good example of those war history books that base all their references in Western and, specially, nazy bibliography. The WWII, which occupies more than half of the book, shows an ideallistic idea of the panzerdivisionen, only defeated by number by the allies. In the North African and Italian campaigns, Montgomery is showed as a new Nelson, and the American contribution appears as a just industrial one. Names such as Patton doesn't ever appear. In the Eastern Front, the situation is even worse. It shows the T-34 (really the best medium tank of the war) as a very inferior machine as it really was, and the soviet victory appears severely minimized in numbers and technical and tactical successes. Clearly the author has just readed the nazi version to read this book, and show also a heavy British chauvinism.
My favorite tank book Mar 8, 2001
This is a superb book for the Armor soldier, war gamer or civilian enthusiast. It explains how modern tanks work with just enough detail and lots of great illustrations. It gives excellent tables that show which tank could defeat other tanks and at what ranges, ie; Sherman vs Panther, T34/85 vs Tiger etc. The book also show how key items of armor technology functioned. Did you ever try and explain to some the difference between a Christie suspension, a dead track and an unsuspended live track? This shows great pictures. I bought my copy 15 years ago and have read and referenced it countless times. I have used to teach my subordinates, to win bets with peers and other 19K (armor MOS) soldiers(including master gunners) and to explain things to my Dad and other non-tankers. I came on line to order a new copy of Macksey's "Tank Vs Tank" and saw that they had no reviews. This was my favorite tank book and it has been borowed dozens of times as I move around the Army. I have often had to go looking for it and this time its gone for good.