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Sherman Firefly

by David Fletcher & Tony Bryan

The most powerfully gunned tank fielded by the Allies during World War II was the Sherman Firefly. An ordinary American-built Sherman modified by the British, the Firefly had the firepower that could finally...


Universal Carrier 1936–48

by David Fletcher & Tony Bryan

The Universal Carrier was a fast, lightly armed vehicle developed by the British Army to carry infantry across ground defended by small-arms fire, specifically the Bren light machine gun, hence the name 'Bren...


British Mark I Tank 1916

by David Fletcher & Tony Bryan

In 1915 a machine christened Little Willie changed the way that wars were fought. Little Willie was a fully tracked armoured vehicle that could break a trench system. Its development was completed in December...


Churchill Crocodile Flamethrower

by David Fletcher & Tony Bryan

A fire-breathing monster on the battlefield, the Churchill Crocodile was one of the most awe-inspiring weapons of World War II. Tank expert David Fletcher chronicles the development of the flamethrower tank,...


Mark V Tank

by David Fletcher & Henry Morshead

Although, to the casual eye, all British tanks of World War I look much the same, the Mark V is quite outstanding and has a strong claim to be the tank that won the Great War. In this title, renowned tank expert...


British Light Tanks 1927–45

by David Fletcher & Henry Morshead

This is the definitive study of British light tanks of the Second World War. The author draws upon a vast and comprehensive body of archival information and research to explore their technical characteristics...


Swimming Shermans

by David Fletcher & Tony Bryan

The Sherman DD (Duplex Drive) tank was a brilliant innovation; the design and development of a tank that could float and even 'swim' in water was controversial. Each tank was enveloped in a waterproofed canvas...


Matilda Infantry Tank 1938–45

by David Fletcher & Peter Sarson

The Matilda was the principal British infantry tank in the early years of World War II. It served with the BEF in France and later in North Africa, where it earned the title 'Queen of the Desert'. Outclassed...


Cromwell Cruiser Tank 1942–50

by David Fletcher, Richard C Harley & Peter Sarson

For most of World War II, British tank development remained faithful to the design philosophy inaugurated during World War I. Experiences in North Africa highlighted flaws in this basic design, however, and...


Crusader and Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939–45

by David Fletcher & Peter Sarson

The Covenanter (which never saw active service) and Crusader Cruiser tanks were developed between 1939 and 1940. The Crusader first saw action in the North African desert in June 1941: its speed and sleek design...


Sherman Crab Flail Tank

by David Fletcher & Tony Bryan

The Sherman Crab Flail tank was the powerful culmination of a series of mine-clearing flail tanks developed during World War II. Here, David Fletcher recounts how the Sherman Crabs were among the first tanks...


British Mark IV Tank

by David Fletcher & Tony Bryan

The formidable Mark IV tank was pitted against the German Army from 1917 until the end of World War I. This book reveals the important role the tank played in the historic battle of Cambrai in 1917 as well as...


Medium Mark A Whippet

by David Fletcher & Henry Morshead

This title looks at the Medium Mark A Whippet, one of the most successful British tanks of World War I and, when placed alongside existing titles covering the Mark I, Mark IV and Mark V, completes the New Vanguard...