Best History of Military Vehicles Books

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1. Never Mind, We'll Do It Ourselves: The Inside Story of How a Team of Renegades Broke Rules, Shattered Barriers, and Launched a Drone Warfare Revolution

Author: by Bierbauer Alec
January 26, 2021

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The Inside Story of How a CIA Officer and an Air Force Officer Joined Forces to Develop America’s Most Powerful Tool in the War on Terror. Never Mind, We’ll Do It Ourselves is the character-driven story behind the origins of the Predator drone program and the dawn of unmanned warfare.

A firsthand account told by an Air Force team leader and a CIA team leader, Never Mind, We’ll Do It Ourselves takes the reader into the back offices and secret government hangars where the robotic revolution went from a mad scientist idea to a pivotal part of global air power.

The story will reveal the often conflicting perspectives between the defense and intelligence communities and put you inside places like the CIA’s counterterrorism center on the morning of 9/11. Through the eyes of the men and women who lived it, you will experience the hunt for Osama Bin Laden and the evolution of a program from passive surveillance to the complex hunter-killers that hang above the battlespace like ghosts.

2. Tank: The Definitive Visual History of Armored Vehicles

Author: by DK
256 pages

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Pivotal to modern warfare, tanks have dominated the battlefield for over a century. Get up close to more than 400 military colossuses with this definitive visual guide to armored vehicles. In 1916, the British built a vehicle that could pound the battlefield impervious to enemy fire, crushing obstacles and barbed wire in its path.

The first tank, or “Mother” as it was known, had arrived. In Tank you can view it in detail, along with other iconic models including the German Panzer, the legendary Tiger, the Vickers Medium Mark II, the Centurion, and the Hellcat the fastest armored fighting vehicle ever.

This comprehensive volume takes you through the most exciting story in recent military history with the development of heavy artillery, anti-tank weaponry, and the men such as Mikail Koshkin and Sir William Tritton who designed these awe-inspiring beasts. Produced with The Tank Museum, Tank traces the tank’s development in response to two world wars, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War and many other conflicts.

3. Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War

Author: by Mark Bowden
Grove Press
400 pages

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Already a classic of war reporting and now reissued as a Grove Press paperback, Black Hawk Down is Mark Bowden’s brilliant account of the longest sustained firefight involving American troops since the Vietnam War. On October 3, 1993, about a hundred elite U.S.

Soldiers were dropped by helicopter into the teeming market in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia. Their mission was to abduct two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord and return to base. It was supposed to take an hour. Instead, they found themselves pinned down through a long and terrible night fighting against thousands of heavily-armed Somalis.

The following morning, eighteen Americans were dead and more than seventy had been badly wounded. Drawing on interviews from both sides, army records, audiotapes, and videos (some of the material is still classified), Bowden’s minute-by-minute narrative is one of the most exciting accounts of modern combat ever writtena riveting story that captures the heroism, courage, and brutality of battle.

4. Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II

Author: by Adam Makos
February 19, 2019

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THE NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, LOS ANGELES TIMES, AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER A band of brothers in an American tank … Makos drops the reader back into the Pershing’s turret and dials up a battle scene to rival the peak moments of Fury.

The Wall Street JournalFrom the author of the international bestseller A Higher Call comes the riveting World War II story of an American tank gunner’s journey into the heart of the Third Reich, where he will meet destiny in an iconic armor dueland forge an enduring bond with his enemy.

When Clarence Smoyer is assigned to the gunner’s seat of his Sherman tank, his crewmates discover that the gentle giant from Pennsylvania has a hidden talent: He’s a natural-born shooter. At first, Clarence and his fellow crews in the legendary 3rd Armored DivisionSpearheadthought their tanks were invincible.

Then they met the German Panther, with a gun so murderous it could shoot through one Sherman and into the next. Soon a pattern emerged: The lead tank always gets hit. After Clarence sees his friends cut down breaching the West Wall and holding the line in the Battle of the Bulge, he and his crew are given a weapon with the power to avenge their fallen brothers: the Pershing, a state-of-the-art super tank, one of twenty in the European theater.

5. Drone Wars: Pioneers, Killing Machines, Artificial Intelligence, and the Battle for the Future

Author: by Seth J. Frantzman
Bombardier Books
288 pages

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Drones are transforming warfare through the use of artificial intelligence, drone swarms, and surveillanceleading to competition between the US, China, Israel, and Iran. Who will be the next drone superpower? In the battle for the streets of Mosul in Iraq, drones in the hands of ISIS terrorists made life hell for the Iraq army and civilians.

Today, defense companies are racing to develop the lasers, microwave weapons, and technology necessary for confronting the next drone threat.Seth J. Frantzman takes the reader from the midnight exercises with Israel’s elite drone warriors, to the CIA headquarters where new drone technology was once adopted in the 1990s to hunt Osama bin Laden.

This rapidly expanding technology could be used to target nuclear power plants and pose a threat to civilian airports. In the Middle East, the US used a drone to kill Iranian arch-terrorist Qasem Soleimani, a key Iranian commander. Drones are transforming the battlefield from Syria to Libya and Yemen.

6. Jeep: Trivia & Fun Facts Every Fan Should Know About The Great American Brand!

Author: by Rick Harper
121 pages

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Uncover The History! Special Launch PriceAre you familiar with how and why the original Jeep was created? The Jeep brand has been around since right before the United States joined WWII. It was created in 1940 and then went into full-scale production for the US Allied forces in Europe.

The Army asked several carmakers for bids when an on-the-road wartime vehicle was needed. Only three carmakers responded. Willys-Overland was awarded the bid in July 1941 to produce 16,000 Jeeps. These Jeeps were to go to Russia and England because the US had not yet entered the war.

When the United States did enter the war and used Jeep in mass, General George C. Marshall, US Army Chief of Staff during WWII, and later U.S. Secretary of State, described the Jeep Brand 4×4 as America’s greatest contribution to modern warfare.

This trivia book covers how the Jeep was conceived from the beginning origins of the Jeep up to what Jeep brings to the road today. A series of multiple-choice and true or false questions open each chapter, with the corresponding answers on the page after.

7. Panzer Ace: The Memoirs of an Iron Cross Panzer Commander from Barbarossa to Normandy

Author: by Richard Freiherr von Rosen
March 30, 2018

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A richly illustrated memoir by highly decorated Wehrmacht soldierrecommended to anyone with an interest in the Panzerwaffe in the Second World War (Recollections of WWII). After serving as a gunlayer on a Pz.Mk. III during Barbarossa, Richard Freiherr von Rosen led a Company of Tigers at Kursk.

Later he led a company of King Tiger panzers at Normandy and in late 1944 commanded a battle group (12 King Tigers and a flak Company) against the Russians in Hungary in the rank of junior, later senior lieutenant (from November 1944, his final rank.

Only 489 of these King Tiger tanks were ever built. They were the most powerful heavy tanks to see service, and only one kind of shell could penetrate their armor at a reasonable distance. Every effort had to be made to retrieve any of them bogged down or otherwise immobilized, which led to many towing adventures.

The author has a fine memory and eye for detail. Easy to read and not technical, his account adds substantially to the knowledge of how the German Panzer Arm operated in the Second World War. The author has a fine memory and eye for detail …

8. Warnings Unheeded: Twin Tragedies at Fairchild Air Force Base

Author: by Andy Brown
WU Press
378 pages

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The true story of a deadly shooting spree and aviation disaster at Fairchild Air Force Base. Told in the words of the men and women who experienced the tragedies… And those who struggled to prevent them. “This nonfiction narrative is a page-turner…

You will not put it down.”CMSgt William Kelly, USAF, OSIWhen a disturbed airman opened fire at the base hospital, among the numerous casualties were the doctors who had warned of his descent into homicidal madness. Four days after the shooting spree, a B-52 bomber plunged to the ground during an air-show practice flight.

The explosive impact killed four of Fairchild’s most veteran aviators including a reckless senior pilot and the young commander who fought to have him grounded. This powerful narrative delivers a unique look at impending violence and disasterseen through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed the tragedies unfold.

Written by the criminal investigator who, as a young military policeman, ended the gunman’s killing spree. After years of research and personal inteviews, Brown tells the story of two preventable tragedies and offers a rare insight into the hidden cost of becoming a “hero.”Mass murder and aviation disaster that occurred suddenly…

9. Japanese Tanks and Armoured Warfare 1932-45: A Military and Political History

Author: by David McCormack
176 pages

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The popular image of the Japanese tanks which faced the markedly superior tanks fielded by the Allies during the Second World War is one of poorly armed and armored Lilliputian tin cans which failed to make any impression upon the battlefield.

In this absorbing new history, David McCormack looks beyond widely held and unchallenged misconceptions to create a new narrative in which Japan’s rightful place as a leading innovator in tank design and doctrine is restored. Why did Japan produce tanks in such limited numbers?

What contribution did Japanese tanks make to the war effort? Why did it take Japan so long to develop heavier tanks capable of meeting the Allies on more equal terms? Drawing from primary and secondary sources, the author’s meticulous research provides the reader with an objective appraisal of both the successes and failures of the Empire of the Sun’s tank forces.

Table of ContentsIntroduction; Prologue; 1 Innovation and Stagnation-Issues in Japanese Tank Development; 2 A Mauling by the Red Bear-The Undeclared Border Conflicts with the Soviet Union; 3 Three: Don’t Miss the Bus’-Stalemate in China and the Expansion of the War into South East Asia; 4 Bicycles and Tank Tracks-The Malayan Campaign; 5 From Victory to Defeat-Burma, Java, and Guadalcanal; 6 The Imitation Game-German Influences on Japanese Doctrine and Tank Design; 7 A Miracle on Tarawa-The Against all Odds Survival of Volunteer Tank Crewman Chief Petty Officer Tadao Onuki; 8 The Road to India-The Imphal Operation; 9 Breaking the Deadlock-The Continental Cross-Through Operation in China; 10 Carnage on Red Beach-Saipan; 11 The Enemy Must Be Annihilated’-The Defence of Luzon; 12 Bloody Beaches-The Evolution of Island Defence Tactics; 13 The Last Lines of Defence-Iwo Jima and Okinawa; 14 Shattered Jade-The Homeland Defence Strategy and the Soviet Invasion of Manchuria; Epilogue; Appendix 1 The Kungchuling Mixed Brigade, Appendix 2 The Yasuoka Detachment; Appendix 3 Tank Groups; Appendix 4 The 1941 Army Mobilisation Plan; Appendix 5 Tank Divisions; Appendix 6 Japanese Armoured Tactical Principles; Appendix 7 Principal Japanese Tank Models; Appendix 8 Principal Japanese Self-Propelled Guns and Tank Destroyers, Appendix 9 Japanese Tank and Armoured Fighting Vehicle Production 1931-1945; Appendix 10 Tank Guns; Appendix 11 Communications; Appendix 12 Maintenance; Appendix 13 Tank Crews; Appendix 14 Uniforms and Equipment; Appendix 15 Tank Schools; Appendix 16 Tank Commander Kojiro Nishizumi and the Japanese propaganda machine; Bibliography.

10. The Complete Guide to German Armored Vehicles: Panzers, Jagdpanzers, Assault Guns, Antiaircraft, Self-Propelled Artillery, Armored Wheeled and Semi-Tracked Vehicles, and More

Author: by David Doyle
Skyhorse (May 7, 2019)
328 pages

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Here is a jam-packed visual encyclopedia of the armored vehicles used by the Nazi forces in World War II. With over six hundred photos, many of which never before seen by the public, David Doyle book offers military historians a unique look at the German war machine.

David Doyle, award-winning author of dozens of books on the subject, provides mechanical information, photos, and usage history for:Armored carsHalf-tracksTanksAssault gunsJagdpanzersPanzerjagersSelf-propelled guns, howitzers, and mortarsFlakwagensFlammpanzersRecovery vehiclesArmored Engineer vehiclesAn encyclopedic resource by an authority on the subject, The Complete Guide to Armored Vehicles is a must-have for modelers, gamers, and WWII buffs alike.

11. Civil War Supply and Strategy: Feeding Men and Moving Armies

Author: by Earl J. Hess
448 pages

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Civil War Supply and Strategy stands as a sweeping examination of the decisive link between the distribution of provisions to soldiers and the strategic movement of armies during the Civil War. Award-winning historian Earl J. Hess reveals how that dynamic served as the key to success, especially for the Union army as it undertook bold offensives striking far behind Confederate lines.

How generals and their subordinates organized military resources to provide food for both men and animals under their command, he argues, proved essential to Union victory. The Union army developed a powerful logistical capability that enabled it to penetrate deep into Confederate territory and exert control over select regions of the South.

Logistics and supply empowered Union offensive strategy but limited it as well; heavily dependent on supply lines, road systems, preexisting railroad lines, and natural waterways, Union strategy worked far better in the more developed Upper South. Union commanders encountered unique problems in the Deep South, where needed infrastructure was more scarce.

12. The World Encyclopedia of Tanks & Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Over 400 Vehicles And 1200 Wartime And Modern Photographs

Author: by George Forty
512 pages

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An illustrated A-Z history of the world’s most important tanks and AFVs, with detailed specifications.

13. Tanks and Armored Vehicles, Dover Coloring Book

Author: by Bruce LaFontaine
Dover Publications
48 pages

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A highly developed form of protected, mobile striking power, tanks are the successors to war chariots and armored elephants used by armies of ancient times. Designed to be used as part of large infantry units (as in World Wars I and II), or as a separate striking force (as in the Gulf War of 1991), the modern tank is a formidable weapon of war.

This comprehensive coloring book of 44 accurately rendered illustrations chronicles the development of tanks and other armored vehicles from the “Little Willie” (1915) to the British Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT) (1994). Also included are these vehicles: Rolls Royce Armored Scout Car (1916); British Mark A Whippet (1917); Japanese Type 95 (1935); French Char B1 (1937); British A12 Matilda (1940); German Panzer III (1940); Russian T-34 (1940); American M4 Sherman (1942); American M26 Pershing (1945); Russian T-72 MBT (1973); American M113 Armored Personnel Carrier (1961); Israeli Merkava MBT (1980); and 30 more.

Detailed informative captions accompany each illustration in a book sure to be enjoyed by military buffs and colorists alike.

14. Military Coloring Book: Army Combat Coloring Book for Boys with Army Men, Soldiers, Fighter Jets, Helicopters, Warships, Submarines and Tanks

Author: by Color Day
104 pages

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This Military coloring book was designed for kids, teens, and adults who are fans of military weapons and combat. The coloring book includes awesomeMilitary coloring pages for all levels and ages. The owner of this book will be able to dive into the military world and color 25 soldiers, special units, 15 tanks, 21 fighter jets, 11 combat helicopters, 12 battleships, and 4 combat submarines, and other military vehicles.

This War Book will:Introduce children to the military vehicles of different military unitsHelp children develop their imagination by coloring army vehicles and war scenesHelp develop their fine motor skills, counting, eye-hand coordination, and improve their focus. And of course, the army coloring book will provide a lot of fun with more than 50 full pages of drawingsCOLOR YOUR ARMY WITH THIS MILITARY COLORING BOOK!

15. German Tanks of World War II: 1939-1945 (Technical Guides)

Author: by David Porter
Amber Books (May 7, 2019)
224 pages

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From heavy tanks to self-propelled guns, this highlyillustrated technical guide introduces all the main types of armored fighting vehicles used by Germany in World War II. Organized chronologically by type, German Tanks of World War II expertly examines the variety of armored fighting vehicles employed in the invasions of Poland, France, the Low Countries, and Stalingrad, as well as in North Africa under Field Marshall Rommel, the Normandy campaign of 1944, and at the Battle of the Bulge.

The guide also covers flame-throwing half-tracks, tank destroyers, Marder III self-propelled guns, and Hummel self-propelled howitzers. Each of the 120 featured artworks displays authentic markings and color schemes, while the separate models include exhaustive specifications. This is a key reference guide for military modelers and World War II enthusiasts.

16. Can Openers

Author: by Nicholas Moran
Echo Point Books & Media

238 pages

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There have been numerous books which describe the design and use of the gun motor carriages fielded by the U.S. Army’s Tank Destroyer branch in WWII. This book is unparalleled in bringing to light the development process of these tank destroyers and the various prototypes which the Army specified, designed, built, and tested.

The descriptions have been compiled from the original Ordnance Branch records; other sources include the proving ground reports and the reports of various service boards. Many of the photographs included in this book are published here for the first time.

Can Openers is an incomparable resource for a detailed history of the anti-tank developments of the U.S.Army during WWII.