British Battle Tanks

American-made World War II Tanks

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British Battle Tanks

American-made World War II Tanks

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This lavishly illustrated volume details the design, development and operational history of US-made tanks in British service in the Second World War.

The idea of British soldiers using American tanks was not viewed with a great deal of enthusiasm by the British Army. They perceived American tanks as being crudely made, mechanically unsophisticated and impossible to fight in. However, once British crews got used to them and learned to cope with some of their difficulties, such as limited fuel capacity and unfamiliar fighting techniques, they started to see them in a far more positive light, in particular their innate reliability and simplicity of maintenance.

This book, the last in a three-part series on British Battle Tanks by armour expert David Fletcher, concentrates on World War II and studies American tanks in British service, some of which were modified in ways peculiar to the British. It shows how the number of these tanks increased to the point that they virtually dominated, as well describing some types, such as the T14 and M26 Pershing, which were supplied but never used in British service.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. M3 Light Tank: The Stuart
Chapter 2. M3 Medium Tank: The Grant And Lee
Chapter 3. M4 Medium Tank: The Sherman
Chapter 4. Firefly: The 17-Pounder Sherman
Chapter 5. Sherman Duplex Drive
Chapter 6. Sherman Crab Flail Tank
Chapter 7. Other American-Built Tanks
Chapter 8. Staghound Armoured Car

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Product details

Published 23 Aug 2018
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 256
ISBN 9781472820068
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 242 x 190 mm
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


David Fletcher

David Fletcher MBE was born in 1942. He has writte…


Steven J. Zaloga

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from U…


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