Earlier this month British tank researcher P.M. Knight published his new book A34 Comet Tank A Technical History on Lulu. This book follows his previous works on British Cruiser tanks such as the Covenanter, Crusader and the Challenger. This is a softcover book of 240 pages with black and white illustrations.
The A34 Comet was the ultimate iteration of the Cruiser series of fast, mobile tanks, and built on the hard lessons that had been learned with earlier designs. However, it was also brought into being at a time when British industrial capacity was nearing exhaustion, and when officialdom already had one eye on the transition to more profitable peacetime production. As such, the Comet saga was one of the husbanding of the scarce, and declining, resources available to the tank programme against the backdrop of a conflict whose end was already in sight. As this book demonstrates in depth, the result was a well-balanced design that optimised the possibilities presented by the previous Cruisers. However, it would be outshone by its ubiquitous successor, the A41 Centurion.