Discussion in 'The Library' started by -DMPN- Founderer, Jan 24, 2006.
In your opinion, what is the best World War II tank book on the market.
ummm... why not all of them. I just cant make up my mind. lol.
The favourite book that I own is my battered copy of 'British and American Tanks of WW2' by Chamberlain & Ellis. It has good, factual detail on pretty much all the tanks, half-tracks, etc actually produced (including prototypes), and also a section on guns and a section on engines.
Plus a section at the back with all the tanks drawn to scale, for comparative purposes.
What I would love is a similar book (or books) for all the other nations...
There's a German one in the same series (will dig out the title), check your local The Works - mine gets both in occassionally and they sell for about a fiver. And according to staff there Milsom's Russian Tanks 1900-1970 is about to be re-printed in cheap format (which is good news because my first copy cost me the best part of a week's wages in 1973 and then my mate's brother lost it :angry: )
And von Senger isn't too bad, lots of pictures and drawings, a ton of data tables, but not 100% accurate.
If you like I'll keep an eye out, grab a couple of copies of each and sell them on - I'll only charge cost and postage if anyone is interested.
I had a quick look on Amazon - it is currently selling for £30.
I think I'll start making more frequent visits to The Works. Although we only have a small version which is not very good on such specialist books.
Yeah, that's when they've got it - I had (back when I had money :grin: ) a "standing order" through Amazon for a copy, in any condition, any price, after 6 months they withdrew the search since it wasn't available at all :cry:
Hey oli what is the name of the one on German Tanks. I would really like to get my hands on one.
I'm not at home, but I'll look it up and post on Friday.
The German one is
The Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, by Chamberlain and Doyle, with Jentz as technical editor. The indicia says it's published by Cassell, but it has "SB" on the spine. It's a Singapore reprint in card covers of the original book from sometime in the 70s (IIRC).
It's an excellent companion to the British, American and Commonwealth Tanks volume that Ricky mentioned.
Well i just looked it up a Chapter website (best canadian book store) and i did find them. However it looks like none of the stores keep it in stock. So basically what im getting at is, are these book worth getting because im going to have to order them in with out seeing them.
Be aware, though, that The Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two is filled with errors.
That's a shame - are they errors of designation, or do they get things like srvice history, or vehicle stats wrong?
Or is it a mixture?
Pretty much all-round errors.
just tell me a book with out errors
Ya and how do u know their errors, where can u find one source of info that is total fact. and are the errors in this book "The encyclopedia of german tanks of world war two" really that far off.
Start out with Panzer Tracts. Then move on to the three 'Germany's Tiger Tanks' books by Schiffer (you can add the Panther books as well). Then have a look at the two Panzer Truppen books. Then you can read New Vanguard 1, 5, 16, 19, 36, 37 and 39. After this, move on to the manuals.
Have a look at the books mentioned above.
As for the errors, some are of course worse than others, but the sheer number makes it impossible to use it as anything but a photo reference.
so it means we can not belive any book?
Any as in all or as in none?