Armoured Warfare and the Fall of France Book Review
|Date of Review||July 2014||Title||Armoured Warfare and the Fall of France|
|Author||Anthony Tucker-Jones||Publisher||Pen & Sword|
|Format||144 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$24.95|
Author Anthony Tucker-Jones summarizes Hitler's Western Blitzkrieg in Armoured Warfare and the Fall of France 1940 – latest installment in Pen & Sword's "Images of War" series.
In just 144 pages, contents chronologically courses through the total tale – including background, equipment, units, personnel and actions. The path to Hitler's conquests ran through the Netherlands and Belgium. And in addition to helpful notes on French, British and German forces, Tucker-Jones surveys those, too.
Dozens of photos and extended captions flavor this visual feast. The archival shots suggest some great diorama ideas. But don't consider this little book modeler's manual.
Nitpicks? Some. I'd hardly call the Hotchkiss H-39 "fast". Nomenclature like "Panzer Mk I and Mk II" occasionally made me wince. And an index would help.
Still, armored warfare played a vital role in Hitler's early conquests. And if you're seeking a illustrated précis of its role in France's ignominious 1940 defeat, Pen & Sword's graphic record nicely fits the bill. Make it your springboard to further study of this crucial campaign.
With thanks to Casemate for the review copy.