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Armored Champion : the top Tanks of World War II

Author: Steve Zaloga
Publisher: Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What was the best tank of World War II? The Soviet T-34? The German Tiger? The American Sherman? The question of top tank has provoked and delighted historians and armor buffs ever since the muzzles went silent. But though fun to debate, the question is difficult, if not impossible, to answer in a meaningful way--because national pride and personal passions come into play, because such sweeping judgements don't  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Zaloga
ISBN: 9780811714372 0811714373
OCLC Number: 895501029
Description: v, 325 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: What makes a great tank? --
The approach to war: 1919-36 --
Blitzkrieg tanks: 1939-40 --
Barbarossa: 1941 --
Russian Front slug fest: 1942 --
The tank war on other fronts: 1941-43 --
Tiger rampant: 1943 --
The 1944 tank contest --
The final campaigns: December 1944-May 1945 --
Appendix 1: Soviet AFV production: 1941-45 --
Appendix 2: German armored vehicle production --
Appendix 3: American armored vehicle production --
Appendix 4: British and Commonwealth AFV production in World War II --
Appendix 5: Japanese armored vehicle production.
Other Titles: Top tanks of World War II
Responsibility: Steven Zaloga.

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What was the best tank of World War II? The Soviet T-34? The German Tiger? The American Sherman? The question of top tank has provoked and delighted historians and armor buffs ever since the muzzles went silent. But though fun to debate, the question is difficult, if not impossible, to answer in a meaningful way--because national pride and personal passions come into play, because such sweeping judgements don't account for the evolution and adaptation of doctrine and design, of tactics and technology, and often don't consider important factors such as cost and reliability. In Armored Champion, Steven Zaloga breaks down the war into eight periods and evaluates the tanks that slugged it out during each. His criteria focus on the "holy trinity" of tank design--armor, firepower, and mobility--but also include crew training, tactics, affordability, and dependability. For each time period--for example, Barbarossa in 1941, the Desert War in 1941-42, and the 1944-45 period when heavies like the King Tiger arrived--Zaloga names a "Tanker's Choice," the tank which crews might want based largely on battlefield performance; and a "Commander's Choice," the tank which senior leaders might choose based on not only technical prowess but also quantity-versus-quality considerations and likelihood of breakdown. Sometimes the two choices are the same; Panzer IV and Tiger, the T-34, the Pershing, and a few surprises. Armored Champion is the product of more than forty years of research. It relies on extensive documentation from archives, government studies, and published sources--much of which has not appeared in English before--to make fact-based assessments of the tanks that fought the Second World War. This is both a heavy-caliber blast in the top-tank argument and a stockpile of ammunition for future debate.--Inside jacket flaps.

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