Book Alert: Fallen Giants: The Combat Debut of the T-35A Tank

Those interested in early WWI tank combat on the Eastern front may want to check out this new book titled Fallen Giants: The Combat Debut of the T-35A Tank.  Written by Francis Pulham, this is a 144 page softcover book.  Beyond that, we really don’t know much about this one or about the publisher, Fonthill Media.  This would appear to be the first book on tank warfare written by this author.

Publisher’s Description:

The Soviet T-35A is the only five-turreted tank in history to enter production. With a long and proud service history on Soviet parade grounds, the T-35A was forced to adapt to the modern battlefield when the Second World War broke out. Outclassed and outdated, the T-35A tried to hold its own against the German invaders to no avail. Very little is known about these strange vehicles, beyond their basic shape and photographs of them on parade grounds and battlefields. For the first time, actual battlefield photographs have been cross-referenced with maps and documents to bring about the most complete look at the T-35A in the Second World War to date. It is a grim depiction of the aftermath of the giants that were the Soviet T-35A tanks.

Edit: Sonny Butterworth posted a comment with some additional information about the author of this book.  We thought it merited posting in the main article.

The author has a Facebook page on which he regularly posts photos from his private collection. This book should be one of, if not the most, authoritative works published on the T-35, at least in English. From what I understand, Frankie Pulham has worked on identifying individual tanks by chassis numbers and their specific features in order to document their combat careers and fates. So should be a good book both for rivet counters and those interested in this tank’s operational history.  He is now working on a book documenting T-34 variants, including those produced outside of the Soviet Union.  You can also listen to Frankie talk more about the T-35 and his book on this podcast.