It’s always good to see a new work from authors Francis Pulham and Will Kerr. You may be familiar with Fallen Giants: The Combat Debut of the T-35A Tank and Tanks Encyclopaedia respectively.
This new publication is a photographic study and technical history of the iconic T-34 tank from conception to victory. The publisher’s notes say:
• Historically rich in detail with previously unpublished photographs, including those taken by German soldiers
• Detailed description of technical aspects of the T-34 with photographs, diagrams and maps
• An excellent reference book for military modellers, historians and tank wargamers interested in the T-34 with authentic camouflage livery ‘The finest tank in the world!’ Field Marshall Paul Ewald von Kleist
In their opening gambit during the Second World War, the Germans seemed unstoppable as they conquered Europe. Their victory then dramatically stalled during the invasion of the Soviet Union when they faced a new tank that shocked the Wehrmacht: the mighty T-34. With a superb 76-mm gun, thick armour and able to cruise more than 35 mph, the T-34 was a rude awakening for the Germans as it could blow Panzers to oblivion. By the end of the war, some 60,000 T-34 tanks were built, which proves the point that quantity does have a quality of its own. Delve into the photographic history of one of history’s most famous tanks. In T-34 Shock: The Soviet Legend in Pictures, Francis Pulham and Will Kerrs explore its technical and design innovations, which made the T-34 the best tank of the war. For the first time, a detailed and comprehensive study of the T-34 has been conducted though the photographs of those who opposed them on the battlefield as well as its humble beginnings to a hero of Mother Russia. The tank that needs no introduction is often misunderstood on a technical level, and the lines between history and stories are often blurred. Explore the reasons behind technical changes implemented to this mythical weapon and its combat history from the first encounter during Operation Barbarossa to final victory in the ruins of Berlin and the fall of the Third Reich.
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