In the shadow of Berkeley Castle an unusual collection of vehicles are congregating. Normally seen under very different circumstances, these military monsters are here to give pleasure as crowds of interested spectators get up close to look at, touch and inspect these amazing machines. Tanks, staff cars, half-tracks and an array of other armed vehicles make this a fascinating DVD for both the knowledgeable enthusiast and newcomer alike.
The mobilisation of troops and equipment has always been crucial to winning a war. During the twentieth century, the days of horse-drawn logistics and cavalry charges gradually became a thing of the past, and the age of military vehicles began. This book charts the development of military vehicles from steam powered tractors to modern main battle tanks. The story reveals how such vehicles have changed the way wars are fought, either by increasing the speed and volume of logistics or troop deployments, or through the application of mobile firepower. The narrative explains key technical innovations from World War I, through the inter-war years to World War II, the Cold War and beyond. It pays homage to outstanding designs and those that are remembered with fondness, including the M3 Lee/Grant, T-34, Panther, Tiger, M1 Abrams, Chieftain and M4 Sherman tanks; the Bren Gun Carrier, the Willys 'Jeep', the Dodge truck; through to the modern 'Humvee' and Stryker, and many more. Chris McNab examines why they were invented, how they developed, their use in action, their strengths and weaknesses, and what it was like to be in the driving seat. This fascinating narrative is a highly readable guide to these much-loved classic vehicles, perfect for any enthusiast