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Genesis Employment Aftermath

First World War Tanks and the New Warfare 1900-1945

Series : Modern Military Studies #1

Editor : Professor Alaric Searle

Genesis Employment Aftermath : First World War Tanks and the New Warfare 1900-1945


General - Pages : 256 | Images : 10 b/w photos, 10 maps & diagrams

Hardback - Date of Publication : August 2015 | Size : 234mm x 156mm | ISBN : 9781909982222 | Helion Book Code : HEL0457

The employment of the first tanks by the British Army on the Western Front in September 1916, although symbolic rather than decisive in its effects, ushered in a new form of warfare - tank warfare. While much has been written on the history of the tank, this volume brings together a collection of essays which uncover new aspects of the history of these early machines. Leading military historians from Britain, France and Germany offer insights into the emergence of the tank before the First World War, during the conflict, as well as what happened to them after the guns fell silent on the Western Front. Based on painstaking research in archives across Europe, each of the chapters sheds new light on different aspects of the history of First World tanks. Two chapters consider why the Germans failed to recognize the possibilities of the tank and why they were so slow to develop their own machines after the first British tank attack in 1916. Two other chapters chart the history of French tanks on the Western Front and after the end of the war. Tank communication, the employment of British tanks on the Western Front, as well as the activities of British Tank Corps intelligence, are also explained. The use of British tanks in Palestine and in the Russian Civil War is examined in detail for the first time. The volume also reflects on the impact of the Battle of Cambrai, both in terms of its psychological impact in Britain and the power it exerted over military debates until the end of the Second World War. The aim of the book is to reconsider the history of First World War tanks by widening the historical perspective beyond Britain, to include France and Germany, and by reflecting on the pre-1914 and post-1918 history of the these new weapons of war. Contents: 1 GENESIS Images of War, Armament and Mechanization in Imperial Germany, 1880-1914Markus Pöhlmann 2 BRITAIN Practical Considerations in British Tank Operations on the Western Front, 1916-1918 Bryn Hammond 3 FRANCE The Development of French Tank Warfare on the Western Front, 1916-1918 Olivier Lahaie 4 GERMANY From the Bremerwagen to the A7V: German Tank Production and Armoured Warfare, 1916-1918 Ralf Raths 5 INTELLIGENCE Scouting for Brigands: British Tank Corps Reconnaissance and Intelligence, 1916-1918 Jim Beach 6 COMMUNICATIONS The Development of Tank Communications in the British Expeditionary Force, 1916-1918 Brian N. Hall 7 OTHER THEATRES Beyond the Western Front: Tanks in Palestine and Russia, 1916-1921 Steven J. Main & Alaric Searle 8 MASS PRODUCTION ‘A Charming Toy’: The Surprisingly Long Life of the Renault Light Tank, 1917-1940 Tim Gale 9 AFTERMATH The Battle of Cambrai: Reactions, Commemoration and Symbolism, 1917-1942 Alaric Searle


“As a presentation of some of the best thinking and writing on the early armoured warfare it is a well written and welcome addition.” Newsletter of the Society of Friends of the National Army Museum


“ … A worthwhile addition to the bookshelf of those interested in the development of tanks in the Great War …” Stand To!


“ … Makes a welcome and substantial contribution to the field.” Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research


“ … Well written, painstakingly researched, with photos that support the text, this book will appeal to those seeking to enhance their appreciation of the development and employment of World War I tanks.” Armor: Mounted Maneuver Journal

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