Author(s): George Forty
This features over 400 vehicles and 1200 wartime and modern photographs. It features A - Z visual directories of tank destroyers, command versions, specialized tanks, armoured cars, armoured personnel carriers and self-propelled artillery. It is an illustrated history of the world's most important tanks and AFVs from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. It covers a range of tracked and wheeled vehicles, including the No. 1 Lincoln Machine "Little Willie", D-Day Funnies, Jeep Multi-Role Vehicle, M3 Half-Track Infantry Carrier, Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank, Scud Missile System, Warrior Mechanised Combat Vehicle and many more. Specification boxes provide at-a-glance information about each vehicle's official name, country of origin, date, crew, weight, dimensions, armament, armour, powerplant and performance. This book is an authoritative history and directory of tanks and their immediate derivatives, such as ARVs (armoured recovery vehicles), tank destroyers, command versions, bridgelayers, mine-clearers and other Funnies, and AFVs such as armoured cars, armoured personnel carriers and self-propelled artillery, covering a vast range of wheeled, tracked and semi-tracked vehicles. From the world's first tank, "Little Willie", to the contemporary M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank, the book covers a vast range of tanks and AFVs. This unique volume, with over 1200 wartime and museum photographs, brings together the most significant tanks and AFVs in military history.
George Forty served for 32 years in the Royal Tank Regiment and was later appointed Director and Curator of the world-famous Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset, England. He edited the Regimental journal Tank for over 15 years, and has written over 70 books. Jack Livesey's love of armoured fighting vehicles started after a visit to the Imperial War Museum in London at the age of 12. He worked for the museum's branch at Duxford, which has a large collection of British and Soviet military vehicles.