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Armoured warfare : a military, political and global history

Author: Alaric Searle
Publisher: London ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book charts the history of armoured warfare from the first use of the tank in 1916 right through to the 21st century, adopting military, political and global perspectives. Alaric Searle explores the origins of the tank, its role in the First World War and its contribution to the outcome of the war. He considers its role as a tool of propaganda, the military controversies of the interwar period and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alaric Searle
ISBN: 9781441179180 1441179186 9781441142504 1441142509
OCLC Number: 952277303
Description: xiii, 269 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The new warfare: the First World War, 1914-1918 --
Innovation versus stagnation: the interwar period, 1919-30 --
Blitzkrieg: the initial German armoured successes, 1939-41 --
Quality versus mass: the Soviet-German war, 1941-45 --
Difficult terrain: deserts, mountains, hegerows, jungles, 1940-45 --
The Cold War (I): armour in Korea, Indo-China and Vietnam --
The Cold War (II): the central European battlefield --
The Arab-Israeli wars, 1948-2006 --
Iraq and the Gulf wars, 1980-2016 --
The 'political history' of the tank.
Responsibility: Alaric Searle.

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This book charts the history of armoured warfare from the first use of the tank in 1916 right through to the 21st century, adopting military, political and global perspectives. Alaric Searle explores the origins of the tank, its role in the First World War and its contribution to the outcome of the war. He considers its role as a tool of propaganda, the military controversies of the interwar period and the employment of armoured forces in all the major theatres in the Second World War. Since the First World War, major and medium-sized powers have invested heavily in armoured forces. Searle looks at the conduct of mechanised warfare in Korea, Indo-China and Vietnam, and during conflicts such as the Arab-Israeli Wars and the Gulf Wars. Armoured Warfare adopts a global perspective, providing the most comprehensive survey of the history of the subject currently available. With a detailed bibliography of both primary and secondary sources, it is an ideal companion for those studying armoured warfare, modern military history and war studies.

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[An] excellent international history of armored warfare, utilizing both secondary and primary source material ... Searle provides a comprehensive introduction to the use of the tank in modern war and Read more...

 
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