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The Ironclads of Cambrai: The First Great Tank Battle

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The British Army was the first to use tanks, employing a handful of early models during the closing stages of the Battle of the Somme, September 1916. But it was over a year later that the first mass tank attack demonstrated just what a revolutionary weapon this was. On 20 November 1917, just as the bloody slaughter at Passchendaele reached stalemate, the British flung 378 ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published October 28th 2002 by Cassell (first published January 1st 1967)
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Stuart Hill
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
A good account of the battle with an emphasis on the role played by tanks. Excellent for getting an idea of what early tanks were like in combat.
Shawn Gordon
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
**** Four stars for history buffs, particularly World War One buffs. **** Four stars also for armor enthusiasts. The book is well researched and the history of the development of the tank and the battle of Cambrai is excellent.

** Two stars if you don't fit into any of the categories above. You will not like this book if the subject matter doesn't interest you to begin with.
Bill Bailey
Sep 27, 2015 rated it liked it
This is an OK read, but (IMO) there's too much of the author's opinion mixed in with the fact. For example, instead of saying Haig did not shut down the battle, the author would say something like the glory-seeking Haig did not shut down the battle. Nevertheless, this is still an enjoyable read.
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Bryan Cooper started his career as a journalist and, during service with the RAF, was a feature writer on Flying Review. He is the author of a number of books on military subjects.

In 1960, he covered Donald Campbell's land speed record on the Utah salt flats.