Synopses & Reviews
From jeeps and land rovers to tanks and halftracksan overview of the development of the greatest military vehicles in history Through statistics, action accounts, and timelines, this book charts the development of farm vehicles into weapons of war in the form of tanks during the World War I, and civilian motor vehicles into fast-moving, mobile weapons units. It traces how such vehicles changed the way wars are fought, enabling the rapid deployment of soldiers and weapons through changing terrain. Each section of the book looks at a different type of vehicle, including the Willy's Jeep, Honey Tank, International Halftrack, Dodge Weapons Carrier, Austin Champ, DUKW, Bren Gun Carrier, Thornycroft Big Ben, and Land Rover, as well as many more. It examines how and why they were invented, how they developed during their use in action, their strengths and weaknesses, and what it was like to be in the driving seat of these "monsters of the battlefield." Packed with stats and information boxes, this is an ideal reference for any modeler or war-gamer, as well as being a highly readable guide to these much-loved classic vehicles for any enthusiast.
About the Author
is a writer and editor who specializes in military history and technology. He has published more than 30 books, including The Great Book of Guns
; How to Survive Anything, Anywhere
; The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War
; Modern Military Uniforms
; The SAS Mental Endurance Handbook
; and Special Forces Survival Guide.