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History of War Book of Combat Machines

History of War Book of Combat Machines

History of War Book of Combat Machines 2016

In the History of War Book of Combat Machines we chart the history and development of dozens of legendary military vehicles, from the fearsome German Tiger tanks of the Second World War, to the rise of the nuclear-powered submarine, to the hi-tech fighter jets that now rule the skies, to the military tech of the future. We'll show all the facts and figures you need to become a combat machine expert, as well as breaking down each vehicle to give you an inside look at the technology that makes these tanks, choppers and battleships tick. Featuring: 100 years of warfare - Discover how tanks have evolved to the military powerhouses they are today over a century. Land - Follow the evolution of the tank, from World War One to the futuristic vehicles of tomorrow. Sea - Step on board some of history's most famous battleships, submarines and aircraft carriers. Air - From attack choppers to stealth bombers, see in inside a selection of the world's most iconic aircraft.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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R 152,25

in this issue

1 min.
welcome to combat machines

Since the outbreak of the First World War more than 100 years ago, the technology powering the world’s military forces has evolved at an unprecedented pace. The introduction of the first tanks during the Great War marked the start of an arms race that has continued to this day, and as we get our first glimpse at the next generation of military machines, it’s incredible to think how far technology has come. In this new edition of the History of War Book of Combat Machines, we chart the history and development of these awesome military vehicles, from the fearsome German Tiger tanks of the Second World War, to the rise of the nuclearpowered submarine, to the hi-tech fighter jets that now rule the skies across the globe. We’ll show you all…

2 min.
100 years of warfare tanks

Ancient Greek hoplites joined their shields and advanced in unison. Hannibal’s Carthaginians mounted war elephants. The visionary Leonardo da Vinci rendered an image of an armoured fighting vehicle in 1487. While the concept of the tank - an armoured unit that could dominate the battlefield - has existed for almost as long as mankind has waged war, it became workable and developed to devastating capability 100 years ago. Since the creaky bathtubs that ruled World War I, the tank has existed to provide an operational edge during combat. Its varied roles range from the hammer blow of the mailed fist to break through enemy lines, to the rapid exploitation of the breach and the destruction of other vehicles and fortifications, as well as reconnaissance and fire support as mobile artillery. To successfully…

5 min.
tanks past and present

Prior to World War I, research and development yielded some practical benefits in tank design. Caterpillar treads, already in use with heavy tractors, proved superior to wheels, and power to weight ratios were recognised as having significant impact on mobility and performance. Experimentation with every aspect of the tank’s development led to the introduction of basic internal power plants, and sheets of steel were riveted together to form armoured boxes on top of a tractor or car chassis. Visibility and steering were crudely accomplished with hazardous viewing ports and a series of tillers respectively. Machine guns and cannon originally meant for use with infantry and artillery units were also adapted. Although they were terrifying to the common foot soldier that encountered them, the earliest tanks were heavy and unwieldy contraptions…

1 min.
the modern battlefield

Since their first deployment, tanks have had multiple combat roles. As the world’s foremost military organisations began to evaluate the potential of the tank and either embrace or discount its future, military establishments developed their own specific roles for the armoured vehicle. A division of labour emerged. Tanks were either built with heavy armour and weapons for striking power, or slimmed down for speed and rapid manoeuvre. Even during its infancy, the British Tank Corps fielded heavier Mark IV and Mark V tanks in World War I along with the faster and more manoeuvrable Whippet. The heavier tanks were intended to breach German trenches, creating gaps through which the lighter tanks would slash into enemy areas. While the heavy tanks struck powerful blows, the light tanks served as modern, armoured cavalry. This…

3 min.
the future of armoured warfare

Grinding and blasting their way through enemy defences, tanks became icons of warfare in the 20th century. Tomorrow may be a different story. Some analysts see the armoured titans as past their golden age, while others regard them as battlefield powerhouses, evolving and adapting. Technology continues to influence the tank and the weapons designed to counter it. An armed Apache helicopter laden with Hellfire missiles can lock onto its target and blow an enemy tank to pieces in seconds. Pilotless aerial drones can do the same. Even with technology aside, soldiers can destroy tanks by pointing a shoulder-held weapon toward the vehicle, firing the projectile, and quickly retiring to safety. Meanwhile, technological innovation has given tanks a renewed competitive edge in fighting insurgents in narrow streets or taking on enemy…

34 min.
20 greatest machines of war

The machines of the 20th Century were endlessly inventive and swung the pendulum for one side or another at crucial times. Just as a conflict looked as though it may grind to a stalemate, the order would be flipped on its head when a new invention made its timely debut on the battlefield. The first machine guns brought about the end of marching in formation, while the arrival of the submarine blew the hierarchy of naval supremacy wide open. The most effective war machines are usually created as a response to seemingly unbeatable odds. The stealth bomber was invented to fight back against increasingly effective radar systems, while tanks protected against the deadly machine gun fire that cut down infantry divisions in droves. From the fall of once great empires, to the…