Book Review: Cromwell vs Jagdpanzer IV

Here is our video book review of Cromwell vs Jagdpanzer IV: Normandy 1944 (Duel) by David R. Higgins and published by Osprey.

Book Description:

By 1944, the evolution of armoured doctrine had produced very different outcomes in Britain and Germany. Offering a good balance of speed, protection and firepower, the British Cromwell tank was much faster than its German opponent, but the Jagdpanzer IV tank destroyer had a high-velocity main gun and a lower profile that made it formidable on the defensive, especially in ambush situations. The two types would fight in a series of bloody encounters, from the initial days of the struggle for Normandy through to its climax as the Allies sought to trap their opponents in the Falaise Pocket.

Using archive photographs, specially commissioned artwork and battle reports, this fascinating study expertly assesses the realities of tactical armoured combat during the desperate battles after D-Day.

 

Video Book Review: The Tanks of TOG

Here is a short video book review of The Tanks of TOG: The work, designs, and tanks of the Special Vehicle Development Committee in World War II by Andrew Hills.

Tanks of World War II – Episode 6: Char D1, D2 and FCM 36

We dive further into French tanks of 1940 with this new video looking at the Char D1, D2 and FCM 36 tanks.  While none of these vehicles were produced in great numbers, all three saw combat in the 1940 campaign and deserve mention.  Next episode, we will look at two more french tanks, the R 35 and H 35.

For reading recommendations for these vehicles, be sure to check out our picks here.

Video: World of Tanks Interview with Eagle 7’s Gunner

World of Tanks North America has released a new video clip of their chief researcher Nicholas Moran interviewing Clarence Smoyer, the gunner of a World War II M24 Pershing tank which engaged and destroyed a German Panther tank in front of the cathedral in Cologne, an incident which was famously captured on film.

Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch: Scout Car, M3A1

Here is a new “Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch” episode on the M3A1 Scout Car.  Some of you might be wondering why some of his new videos are lacking the usual music and graphics.  We were wondering that as well, so we shot him a facebook message and got a response.  These episodes on the Rock Island Arsenal vehicles are ones he is shooting on his own, separate from the episodes he does for World of Tanks.  This means they do not represent a change in style for the series, the World of Tanks “Inside the Hatch” episodes will continue to have the familiar graphics, music and production values.

Tank Chats #55 Churchill Crocodile

Here is a new Tank Chats episode from the Tank Museum at Bovington featuring David Fletcher discribing the Churchill Crocodile.

Book Review: The Tanks of Operation Barbarossa

Here is our video book review of the new title The Tanks of Operation Barbarossa: Soviet versus German Armour on the Eastern Front by Boris Kavalerchik.  This is hardcover book from Pen & Sword.

Publishers Description:

 When the Germans invaded the Soviet Union in 1941 the Red Army had four times as many tanks as the Wehrmacht and their tanks were seemingly superior, yet the Wehrmacht won the border battles with extraordinary ease the Red Armys tank force was pushed aside and for the most part annihilated. How was this victory achieved, and were the Soviet tanks really as well designed as is often believed? These are the basic questions Boris Kavalerchik answers in this absorbing study of the tanks and the tank tactics of the two armies that confronted each other at the start of the war on the Eastern Front.

Drawing on technical and operational documents from Russian archives, many of which were classified until recently and are unknown to Western readers, he compares the strengths and weakness of the tanks and the different ways in which they were used by the opposing armies. His work will be essential reading for military historians who are interested in the development of armoured warfare and in this aspect of the struggle on the Eastern Front.