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Review for Allied Armour 1939-1945

Author/Director : Anthony Tucker-Jones

Format : Book

If you are drawn to this book by its title you will be disappointed. It is a generalist book of the Second World War with targeted appendices. It fails to deliver on the detail of the content I expected. Take for example the chapter on the Burma campaign. The first ten pages make clear the Allies held the opinion that tanks were not useable in the jungle, that the Japanese used tanks, and the consequent mainly infantry battles. Suddenly with no reference to the command decisions involved the 7th Armoured Brigade is mentioned. Also the despatch of 1,700 Grant/Lee tanks to the theatre is mentioned without any detail as to where they were sent or which units came with them or were created to man them. Frequent references are made to American M3s without making clear whether these are Stuarts or Grant/Lees and there is a world of difference between the two types.
This is a readable overview of parts of WW2 but it lacks focus, clarity and detail.

Published by : Pen & Sword Military, 2020
ISBN : 978 1 52677 797 3

Review last updated : 2021-01-12 11:58:13

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