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arthurwellsley #1 Posted 31 May 2018 - 05:44 PM

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I have recently finished The Tank War by Mark Urban. If anyone one is interested in tank warfare this book is a very good read

One of the really interesting things is the difference in approach to combat between veteran crews, and new crews, and how many of the veterans were able to survive quite a number of serious battles.

Reading the book will make you think as a player about gameplay. The attrition of officers who stuck their head out of turrets to get a better idea of the ebb and flow of the battle around their tank and squadron really makes you think.

The use of different fuses on shells by experienced gunners to have different effects on different targets is a model of 1,2,3 decision making and how it worked in the field.

A well written book that will make you think about some of the tanks in World of Tanks, and maybe want to go and play some of the ones that the soldiers quoted in the book actually crewed.


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View Postarthurwellsley, on 31 May 2018 - 04:44 PM, said:

I have recently finished The Tank War by Mark Urban. If anyone one is interested in tank warfare this book is a very good read

One of the really interesting things is the difference in approach to combat between veteran crews, and new crews, and how many of the veterans were able to survive quite a number of serious battles.

Reading the book will make you think as a player about gameplay. The attrition of officers who stuck their head out of turrets to get a better idea of the ebb and flow of the battle around their tank and squadron really makes you think.

The use of different fuses on shells by experienced gunners to have different effects on different targets is a model of 1,2,3 decision making and how it worked in the field.

A well written book that will make you think about some of the tanks in World of Tanks, and maybe want to go and play some of the ones that the soldiers quoted in the book actually crewed.

 

If you enjoyed that may I also recommend Tank Men by Robert Kershaw.

250swb #3 Posted 31 May 2018 - 06:12 PM

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Also 'Troop Leader' by Bill Bellamy' which recounts how their super fast Cromwell was only faster than the rest because it was only supposed to be a training tank and had potato armour. Also how his platoon leapt their tanks across a wide ditch/canal to escape the Germans.

Tankyouverymuch2 #4 Posted 31 May 2018 - 06:22 PM

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The only kind of tank-related (or any) book you could make me read:

 

 

Walls of text make me dizzy.



250swb #5 Posted 31 May 2018 - 07:28 PM

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View PostTankyouverymuch2, on 31 May 2018 - 05:22 PM, said:

 

Walls of text make me dizzy.

 

I bet 'Girls und Panties' does as well.



Tankyouverymuch2 #6 Posted 31 May 2018 - 07:38 PM

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View Post250swb, on 31 May 2018 - 07:28 PM, said:

I bet 'Girls und Panties' does as well.

 

I HAVE NO REGRETS

8126Jakobsson #7 Posted 31 May 2018 - 07:45 PM

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View PostTankyouverymuch2, on 31 May 2018 - 07:38 PM, said:

 

I HAVE NO REGRETS

 

I'm still judging you pretty hard though. It can't be helped. 

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View Postarthurwellsley, on 31 May 2018 - 04:44 PM, said:

I have recently finished The Tank War by Mark Urban. If anyone one is interested in tank warfare this book is a very good read

 

One of the really interesting things is the difference in approach to combat between veteran crews, and new crews, and how many of the veterans were able to survive quite a number of serious battles.

Reading the book will make you think as a player about gameplay. The attrition of officers who stuck their head out of turrets to get a better idea of the ebb and flow of the battle around their tank and squadron really makes you think.

The use of different fuses on shells by experienced gunners to have different effects on different targets is a model of 1,2,3 decision making and how it worked in the field.

A well written book that will make you think about some of the tanks in World of Tanks, and maybe want to go and play some of the ones that the soldiers quoted in the book actually crewed.

 

Thanks for the recommendation, I have ordered a copy.

 

I had, but have since given away, a very good memoir by a British tank commander in '44-'45 from which I remember the author saying that in many British tank units the padre would selflessly take it on himself to clean out the horrible remnants left after combat within knocked out and brewed up tanks, a job that would have demoralised the fighting crews had it fallen to them.  I don't recall this point being made anywhere else.



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arturwellsley, send that book to viktor. He is the first one in this "community" who should read a history book about armored warfare.  

Tankyouverymuch2 #10 Posted 31 May 2018 - 08:37 PM

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View Post8126Jakobsson, on 31 May 2018 - 07:45 PM, said:

 

I'm still judging you pretty hard though. It can't be helped. 

 

Not my problem. :P If you can't accept others for what they like, you're the one at fault, not them. :great:

 

Have a nice day- err, night.



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View PostBulldog_Drummond, on 31 May 2018 - 06:53 PM, said:

 

Thanks for the recommendation, I have ordered a copy.

 

I had, but have since given away, a very good memoir by a British tank commander in '44-'45 from which I remember the author saying that in many British tank units the padre would selflessly take it on himself to clean out the horrible remnants left after combat within knocked out and brewed up tanks, a job that would have demoralised the fighting crews had it fallen to them.  I don't recall this point being made anywhere else.

 

'Tank! 40 Hours of Battle', by Ken Tout? Sounds vaguely familiar, after reading it 30 odd years ago.

Bulldog_Drummond #12 Posted 31 May 2018 - 09:01 PM

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View Poststeview162, on 31 May 2018 - 07:43 PM, said:

 

'Tank! 40 Hours of Battle', by Ken Tout? Sounds vaguely familiar, after reading it 30 odd years ago.

 

Yes!  That's the one, thanks for the reminder.

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View PostTankyouverymuch2, on 31 May 2018 - 06:22 PM, said:

The only kind of tank-related (or any) book you could make me read:

 

 

Walls of text make me dizzy.

 

Ah yes, the good old Japanese school girl fetish animation.

 

If any other Western publisher made similar "anime", they would be deemed as perverts.

 



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Added both Tank War and Troop Leader to my shopping list.

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View Postarthurwellsley, on 31 May 2018 - 05:44 PM, said:

I have recently finished The Tank War by Mark Urban. If anyone one is interested in tank warfare this book is a very good read

One of the really interesting things is the difference in approach to combat between veteran crews, and new crews, and how many of the veterans were able to survive quite a number of serious battles.

Reading the book will make you think as a player about gameplay. The attrition of officers who stuck their head out of turrets to get a better idea of the ebb and flow of the battle around their tank and squadron really makes you think.

The use of different fuses on shells by experienced gunners to have different effects on different targets is a model of 1,2,3 decision making and how it worked in the field.

A well written book that will make you think about some of the tanks in World of Tanks, and maybe want to go and play some of the ones that the soldiers quoted in the book actually crewed.

 

Post some excerpts... 



Bobik72 #17 Posted 01 June 2018 - 10:11 PM

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WG is crap,imbecil,[edited]commpany guard loosers and [edited],bots and

suport un fair playing, manipulation wits this game shooting, demage

and spoting horny (preferation) the Poles, the Turks and Post-Soviet

states !!!!!!!!!!!!! 

 



Bulldog_Drummond #18 Posted 02 June 2018 - 12:32 AM

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Best wargame ever published:

 



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View PostBobik72, on 01 June 2018 - 09:11 PM, said:

WG is crap,imbecil,[edited]commpany guard loosers and [edited],bots and

suport un fair playing, manipulation wits this game shooting, demage

and spoting horny (preferation) the Poles, the Turks and Post-Soviet

states !!!!!!!!!!!!! 

 

 

Oh, hello there.

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not really tank related but if you like to read about ww2 then I'd recommend this book, the things this guy went through was das boot tier (one of our submarines). I'd also recommend 'ruin from the air' about the bomber crew who dropped the first atomic bomb, their antics reminded me of Armageddon, I remember one part where one of the bombadiers shacked up with some married woman in a hotel room and there was a shoot-out to dislodge him.

 


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