Steel Fist: Tank Warfare 1939-45, Nigel Cawthorne

Steel Fist: Tank Warfare 1939-45, Nigel Cawthorne

An excellent little book and a very easy read, tracing the development of tank warfare from pre war to the end of the war in Europe. The book really focuses on the German tank development and the Panzer theories and leading Generals especially Rommel and Guderian.  It illustrates the frustration Guderian had with Hitler and is very critical of German high command. The book does give the impression that the Germans had really lost the war by 1942 and from then on it was a question of limiting damage and peace terms. The book is littered with black and white photos of various (mainly German) tanks and a few maps but these maps are too infrequent and some of the campaigns can be hard to visualise. That said it is well written and a great introduction to the subject of mechanised warfare in World War Two.

Author: Nigel Cawthorne
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 240 pages
Publisher: Arcturus Foulsham
Year: 2003


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