British Armoured Car Operations in World War I

Readers have come to expect a level of detail and critical rigor from the established military historian and author Bryan Perrett.

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Author: Bryan Perrett

Publisher: Pen & Sword Books

ISBN: 1473861187

Category:

Page: 200

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Readers have come to expect a level of detail and critical rigor from the established military historian and author Bryan Perrett. They will not be disappointed at all here by this new publication. Focussing predominantly on the British armored car units of World War One, it also untangles many fascinating strands forming the history of modern warfare. Full of detail, it acquaints the reader with the complete history of the armored car, from invention onwards, setting the history of its Great War service career firmly in context. Well written in an accessible style, this publication serves as an impressive tribute to the armored car, one of the most effective weapons utilized by the allies during the course of the Great War.

The Rolls Royce Armoured Car

The first Rolls-Royce armoured car was a privately owned vehicle fitted with a machine-gun and a limited amount of armour plate at a dockyard in France.

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Author: David Fletcher

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

ISBN: 1849085803

Category: History

Page: 48

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The first Rolls-Royce armoured car was a privately owned vehicle fitted with a machine-gun and a limited amount of armour plate at a dockyard in France. It was used by a squadron of the Royal Naval Air Service in Flanders in 1914. Backed by First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill more and better versions followed until, by 1915 there were about 100 of them which were then handed over to the Army. "They searched the world for War" as Sir Albert Stern said of them and before long there were Rolls-Royce armoured cars operating as far apart as German South West Africa, the Western Desert, Gallipoli, all over the Middle East and the north west frontier of India. All of them used the classic 40/50hp Silver Ghost chassis. They were fast, silent and reliable but above all strong. "A Rolls in the desert is above rubies" said Lawrence of Arabia and the Duke of Westminster would have agreed with him following his famous raid to rescue the kidnapped crew of the steamship HMS Tara. At least one car accompanied the adventurous MP Oliver Locker-Lampson on his adventures in Russia. After the war, unable to find a better model the War Office simply copied the original Admiralty design with minor improvements. If that was not enough the Royal Air Force also acquired some to support their operations in the Middle East. A new design with a larger body and dome shaped turret also appeared for service in India. They also served in Ireland and even, briefly in Shanghai. The 11th Hussars still had Rolls-Royces in Egypt when the war against Italy began and the youngest of these was over fifteen years old when they went into action, but after that their numbers dwindled as newer vehicles came along. But then history repeated itself. Britain was threatened with invasion and a new army of veterans was raised to assist with defence. Some battalions built home made armoured cars, on private chassis and at least three of these were based on Rolls-Royces.

World War I

At the beginning of World War I the French army had few armored cars in service, and most of these were used in Morocco. When trench warfare put an end to mobile operations on the Western Front, the French designed experimental armored ...

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Author: Spencer Tucker

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781851098798

Category: History

Page: 2454

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Alphabetically arranged entries, supplemented with maps and primary documents, provide a complete history of the First World War.

British Armoured Divisions and their Commanders 1939 1945

A total of eleven British armoured divisions were formed during the 1939-1945 war but, as this highly informative book reveals, just eight saw action.

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Author: Richard Doherty

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781848848382

Category: History

Page: 224

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A total of eleven British armoured divisions were formed during the 1939-1945 war but, as this highly informative book reveals, just eight saw action.??In 1940 only 1st Armoured Division faced the German blitzkrieg and it was in the North African desert that armoured divisions came into their own. The terrain was ideal and six such divisions of Eighth Army fought Rommel's Panzers into submission. Three were disbanded prior to the invasion of Sicily and Italy. The campaign from D-Day onwards saw the Guards Armoured, 7th Armoured (the Desert Rats), 11th and Percy Hobart's 79th Armoured Division in the thick of the action.??Of particular interest are the men who commanded these elite formations and the way their characters contributed to the outcome of operations. While some, such as Dick McCreery, went onto greater heights, others did not make the grade; the stakes were high. A number, such as 'Pip' Roberts, were just perfectly suited in the role.??Written by a leading military historian, this book describes many fascinating aspects of armoured warfare from its uncertain beginnings, through the development of tactics and the evolving tank design. Due to British deficiencies, reliance had to be placed on US Grants and Shermans, with the Comet coming late and the Centurion too late.??The combination of gripping historical narrative and well researched fact make this an invaluable and highly readable work on the contribution of British Armoured Divisions to victory in the Second World War.

The North Eastern Railway in the First World War

The armoured cars were often used to try and check the infantry advance, at least long enough until the enemy ... Railway Lecture & Debating Society he did give a fascinating insight into armoured car operations of the First World War: ...

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Author: Rob Langham

Publisher: Fonthill Media

ISBN:

Category: Transportation

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The North Eastern Railway underwent extreme change after the outbreak of war in August 1914. Within months, the company raised its own battalion of men and was the only railway company to do so. The NER also set to work adapting to the changes and requirements the war would bring. Not only would there be a drop in regular passenger traffic levels and increase in freight, transporting both war material and troops, but the workshops formerly used to build locomotives were turned over to making weapons of war. In December 1914, the railway came under attack from the Imperial German Navy, causing damage to the NER's infrastructure and killing several of its men. As the war went on, locomotives and rolling stock were sent to France to help with the enormous logistics required for operations on the Western Front. The planned opening of an electrified railway line for freight went ahead with a brand new fleet of powerful electric locomotives, adding to the company's portfolio of electrification with the electrified Tyneside passenger line and Newcastle Quayside. NER land was used to build an enormous munitions factory at Darlington and the unprecedented use of women in the work place meant traditionally male-only roles were increasingly seeing women take over and freeing men for military service.Overseas, men of the NER that joined the forces served with honour, but many were not to come home. The North Eastern Railway in the First World War tells the story of one railway's war, of how it continued to operate and adapt, and the men and women who served with the company or left to fight for the country's freedom.

History of World War I

Troops of It was clear that Operation Michael was the British First and Second Armies bogged down ... V A French armored car , one of many that were utilized in support of British troops in April 1918 during the Lys Offensive .

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Author: Dennis Cove

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 0761472312

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 976

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This three-volume reference is appropriate for middle school students and above. Volume I, War and Response 1914-1916, covers the causes of the conflict, the reactions around the world to its outbreak, the course of the fighting in the first years of fighting, and the United States' move toward declaring war in April 1917. Volume II, Victory and Defeat 1917-1918, charts the United States' contribution to the war and the fighting between 1917 and 1918, as well as the war's aftermath and impact around the globe during the 1920s and beyond. The third volume, Home Fronts and Technologies of War, looks at the impact of the war on the lives of ordinary civilians and also studies the military innovations, tactics, and weapons that contributed to the ferocity of the conflict. The reference is extensively illustrated with color and bandw illustrations and maps and includes boxed sections that describe key figures and their roles, provide eyewitness accounts, and summarize political events. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

European Powers in the First World War

They were also involved in support operations, as on 17 October 1914, when a lorry armed with a 3-pounder assisted Life Guards near Westroosebeke. The Royal Navy continued to lead the way in the development of British armored cars.

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Author: Spencer Tucker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135684259

Category: History

Page: 784

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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

British Battle Tanks

This book, the last in a three-part series on British Battle Tanks by armour expert David Fletcher, concentrates on World War II and studies American tanks in British service, some of which were modified in ways peculiar to the British.

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Author: David Fletcher

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472821515

Category: History

Page: 288

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The idea of British soldiers using American tanks was not viewed with a great deal of enthusiasm by the British Army. They perceived American tanks as being crudely made, mechanically unsophisticated and impossible to fight in. However, once British crews got used to them and learned to cope with some of their difficulties, such as limited fuel capacity and unfamiliar fighting techniques, they started to see them in a far more positive light, in particular their innate reliability and simplicity of maintenance. This book, the last in a three-part series on British Battle Tanks by armour expert David Fletcher, concentrates on World War II and studies American tanks in British service, some of which were modified in ways peculiar to the British. It shows how the number of these tanks increased to the point that they virtually dominated, as well describing some types, such as the T14 and M26 Pershing, which were supplied but never used in British service.

World War I The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection 5 volumes

The Belgians were the first to employ armored cars in World War I. Lieutenant Charles Henkart armored two Minerva ... The British later sent armored car squadrons to the Middle East and to Africa, where mobile operations were more ...

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Author: Spencer C. Tucker

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781851099658

Category: History

Page: 2307

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Offering exhaustive coverage, detailed analyses, and the latest historical interpretations of events, this expansive, five-volume encyclopedia is the most comprehensive and detailed reference source on the First World War available today. • Provides comprehensive coverage of the causes of the war that allows readers to fully understand the complex origins of such a monumental conflict • Supplies detailed analyses and explanations of the events before, during, and after World War I, such as how the results of the war set the stage for the global Great Depression of the 1930s, as well as detailed biographical data on key military and civilian individuals during World War I • Includes a chronologically organized document volume that enables students to examine the sources of historical information firsthand • Covers all key battles, land and sea, and their impacts, as well as the critical technological developments that affected the war's outcomes

British Army Communications in the Second World War

Between the wars, the British Army was engaged in various operations to maintain peace throughout the Empire and to quell ... The nature of the operations and the terrain in Palestine and Egypt meant that armoured cars were particularly ...

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Author: Simon Godfrey

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441108920

Category: History

Page: 288

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Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence form the backbone of the Army's operating system. But while much attention has been given in the literature to the other three elements, Communications in the British Army during World War II have been widely ignored. This book rectifies the omission. It shows that failures in front line communications contributed to several of the set backs suffered by the Army but also that ultimate victory was only achieved after a successful communications system was in place. It explains how the outcome of the main campaigns in Europe and North Africa depended on communications, how the system operated and how it evolved from a relatively primitive and inadequately supplied state at Dunkirk to a generally effective system at the time of the Rhine crossings. Problems still occurred however, for example at infantry platoon level and famously with paratrooper communications at Arnhem, often simply due to the shortcomings of existing technology. The book concludes that it is only very recently that advances in technology have allowed those problems to be solved.

Bolt Action Campaign The Western Desert

Fortunately, one resource the WDF was not lacking was armoured cars. British cavalry formations had swapped their horses for vehicles at the end of World War I and in the post-war world had found them excellent mounts for scouting and ...

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Author: Warlord Games

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472834331

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 144

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One of the most popular and enduring campaigns of World War II is that of the Western Desert, where Allied armies beat back the hard-pressed German and Italian forces under the gruelling African sun. Covering crucial operations such as Crusader, Lightfoot, and Supercharge, and the great battles of Tobruk, El Alamein, and Gazala, this book brings the unforgiving battlefields of North Africa to the tabletop. In-depth information on the forces involved, linked scenarios, and new Theatre Selectors make this an ideal resource for any Bolt Action player with an interest in the Desert War.

Staghound Armored Car 1942 62

This book examines the development of this category of armored cars and offers a detailed analysis of the extensive combat use of the Staghound in British service as well as in the service of other Allied countries including Canada, New ...

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Author: Steven J. Zaloga

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781780962108

Category: History

Page: 48

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The Staghound was a unique World War II armored vehicle designed and manufactured in the US, but intended solely for the British army. Since its combat debut in Italy in 1943 until the end of the war it had performed particularly valuable service in a reconnaissance role where its speed and armor ensured that it was able to extricate itself from trouble as required without additional support. This book examines the development of this category of armored cars and offers a detailed analysis of the extensive combat use of the Staghound in British service as well as in the service of other Allied countries including Canada, New Zealand and Poland.

British Naval Aviation

Samson had already begun operations against the U-boats at their base at Zeebrugge. This led to a decision to attempt a ... “' D. Fletcher, War Cars; British Armoured Cars in the First World War (London: HMSO, 1987), pp. 13-31, 91-2.

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Author: Dr Tim Benbow

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409482369

Category: History

Page: 248

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In 1909 the British Admiralty placed an order for a rigid airship, marking the beginning of the Royal Navy's involvement with airpower. This collection charts the Navy's involvement with aviation over the following century, and the ways in which its rapid expansion and evolution radically altered the nature of maritime power and naval strategy. Drawing on much new historical research, the collection takes a broadly chronological approach which allows a scholarly examination of key themes from across the history of British naval aviation. The subjects tackled include long-standing controversies over the control of naval air power, crucial turning points within British defence policy and strategy, the role of naval aviation in limited war, and discussion of campaigns - such the contribution of the Fleet Air Arm in the Mediterranean and Pacific theatres of the Second World War - that have hitherto received relatively little attention. The collection concludes with a discussion of recent debates surrounding the Royal Navy's acquisition of a new generation of carriers, setting the arguments within an historical context. Taken as a whole the volume offers fascinating insights into the development of a key aspect of naval power as well as shedding new light on one of the most important aspects of Britain's defence policy and military history. By simultaneous addressing historical and current political debates, it is sure to find a ready audience and stimulate further discussion.

British Battle Tanks

American-made World War II Tanks David Fletcher, Steven J. Zaloga ... Staghound combat strength in 21st Army Group; the remaining Staghounds were scattered among British armoured-car regiments and sundry command and headquarters troops.

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Author: David Fletcher

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472821522

Category: History

Page: 288

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The idea of British soldiers using American tanks was not viewed with a great deal of enthusiasm by the British Army. They perceived American tanks as being crudely made, mechanically unsophisticated and impossible to fight in. However, once British crews got used to them and learned to cope with some of their difficulties, such as limited fuel capacity and unfamiliar fighting techniques, they started to see them in a far more positive light, in particular their innate reliability and simplicity of maintenance. This book, the last in a three-part series on British Battle Tanks by armour expert David Fletcher, concentrates on World War II and studies American tanks in British service, some of which were modified in ways peculiar to the British. It shows how the number of these tanks increased to the point that they virtually dominated, as well describing some types, such as the T14 and M26 Pershing, which were supplied but never used in British service.

Operation Matador

World War II—Britain's Attempt to Foil the Japanese Invasion of Malaya and Singapore Ong Chit Chung ... first highlighted the efficiency ofJapanese landing operations, Dobbie also put in a request for a regular company of armoured cars ...

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Author: Ong Chit Chung

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd

ISBN: 9789814435444

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 711

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When Singapore fell to the Japanese in February 1942, Churchill called it the “largest capitulation in British history.” Till today, the myth persists that this was due to the British forces’ being caught off-guard, with their guns facing the wrong direction—towards the sea. This book offers an alternative insight into why Malaya and Singapore were captured by the Japanese. The question of the landward defence of Singapore and Malaya was first raised as early as 1918, eventually taking the form of Operation Matador, the elaborate planning and preparations for which amply demonstrate that the British fully expected the Japanese to attack Singapore from the rear, and had formulated a plan to stop the Japanese at the Kra Isthmus. Yet, when the Japanese forces landed, they found Malaya and Singapore defended by an emasculated fleet, obsolescent aircraft, inadequate artillery and no tanks. The battle for Malaya and Singapore was lost even before the first shot was fired—in the corridors of power at Whitehall. Churchill’s half-hearted support for Operation Matador meant that Malaya was starved of the necessary reinforcements, and the commanders on the spot were expected to “make bricks without straw.” The question that remains: If implemented, might Operation Matador have stopped the Japanese?

A Bibliography of British History 1914 1989

Great Britain , Japan , and Italy . ) . 15494 WHITE ( BRIAN TERENCE ) . British Armoured Cars , 15471 PULESTON ( WILLIAM DILWORTH ) . High Command in the 1914-1945 . 1964 . World War . N.Y. 1934 . 15495 CROW ( DUNCAN ) .

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Author: Keith Robbins

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198224966

Category: History

Page: 918

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A guide through the many publications on 20th-century British history, this reference contains over 27,000 entries arranged by theme, with introductions to each chapter.

World War I Companion

British armoured cars had operated in conjunction with Arab forces earlier in the revolt but these new elements ... Previous long-range operations had, of course, been reliant on camels and these necessitated the careful choosing of fit ...

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Author: Matthias Strohn

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472807106

Category: History

Page: 272

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The pieces in this book form an excellent introduction to the military history of World War I that will also prove valuable to specialists in the subject.' Professor Gary Sheffield World War I changed the face of the 20th century. For four long years the major European powers, later joined by America, fought in a life or death struggle that would topple the crowned heads of Europe and redraw the map of the Continent. It was a conflict unparalleled in its scale, which in turn fuelled devastatingly rapid developments in military technology, technique and innovation as the belligerent powers sought to break the deadlock on the Western Front and elsewhere. In the centenary of the outbreak of the conflict, 14 renowned historians from around the world examine some of the key aspects of the war, providing a wide-ranging analysis of the whole conflict beyond but including the stalemate in the trenches of the Western Front.

The Devil s Chariots

The origins and secret battles of tanks in the First World War John Glanfield ... British Armoured Cars in the First World War, HMSO, 1987 Foley, J., The Boilerplate War, Frederick Muller, 1963 Gibot, J–L. with P. Gorczynski, ...

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Author: John Glanfield

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472802675

Category: History

Page: 325

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This scholarly and clear-sighted book ... is a happy marriage of history and technology and deserves to become standard reading for serious students of the First World War.' Prof. Richard Holmes 'Fascinating. Excellent pictures and a readable text as well. A wonderful story well told.' Military Illustrated 'The Devil's Chariots is the best single work on the development, from concept to fielding, of British armour in the First World War... Glanfield is also entertaining in addition to being enlightening... The Devil's Chariots is a decent read, and for specialists in the field it will be required reading... The research is both broad and solid, and it appears that this will be the last word on this topic for some time to come.' Robert L. Bateman, contributor to The Journal of Military History, Lexington VA, and a member of the Society for Military History 'This book is in a class of its own ... it brings a new maturity to the study of the tank, most particularly from the human perspective, and best of all, it is very readable'. David Fletcher, Senior Archivist, Tank Museum, Bovington, author of The Tank 'This volume would be a great addition to the library of anyone wishing to try to understand World War 1 better. I greatly enjoyed this evidently well-researched and highly interesting book... It taught me much. I am grateful.' Royal Naval Sailing Association Journal 'Fascinating ... all military procurement officers should read it... All this is excellently set out, especially the people who made [the tank weapon] possible and those who resented such new ideas.' Brig Fraser Scott, contributor to The Journal of the Royal Artillery Institution 'John Glanfield sheds new light on the tank's pioneers, their bizarre experimental machines and later triumphs... This intensely researched work ... is drawn from previously unpublished primary sources.' Gun Mart 'This is classic research by a world authority.' The Driffield Post 'The author has a sharp eye for detail ... an exemplary history of a pivotal aspect of the First World War.' Worcester Evening News 'The Devil's Chariots can fairly claim to be the most intensively researched and detailed account of the tank's origins yet to appear.' Classic Arms & Militaria 'John Glanfield has combined meticulous historical research with a gift for narrative to present a story that both students of the Great War and the general reader will find fascinating. I thoroughly recommend this book.' John Gregory, contributor to The Journal of the Henry Williamson Society The Devil's Chariots is the product of six years of research by author John Glanfield, who wanted to tell the story of the birth of the tank in World War I, and, importantly, the men behind it. Based on personal recollections and official reports Glanfield uncovers the British tank pioneers and their odd machines, the men who supported the new weapon, those who refused to accept their worth and the brave crews who took them into battle.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the World s Tanks and Fighting Vehicles

A Technical Directory of Major Combat Vehicles from World War I to the Present Day Christopher F. Foss. EHRHARDT E - V / 4 ARMOURED CAR LK II CAVALRY TANK PzKpfw V EXPERIMENTAL MEDIUM TANK SdKfz.

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Author: Christopher F. Foss

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105023669141

Category: Armored vehicles, Military

Page: 248

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Ironsides

At least 4,298 were ordered and at least 4,102 delivered, 1,698 of them Mk I. They were used by British armoured units for ... Car The Fox Armoured Car was a wheeled armoured fighting vehicle produced by Canada in the Second World War.

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Author: Harold A. Skaarup

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1462034659

Category: History

Page: 368

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Major Hal Skaarup has woven together an informative and detailed synopsis of the carefully preserved and restored armoured fighting vehicles on display in Canada. He highlights the importance of these upon key turning points in history when these AFVs were in use as tools of war at home and overseas. We often associate the evolution of military prowess with the advancement of sophisticated technology. Major Skaarup's descriptions of Canadian armour as it evolved to the level it has today reveals that military planners have had to be continuously creative in adapting to the changes in modern combat. They had to devise many intricate techniques, tactics and procedures to overcome the insurgents and opposition forces faced in Afghanistan and future overseas missions where Canadian armour will be brought into play. This guide book will show the interested reader where to find examples of the historical armour preserved in Canada, and perhaps serve as a window on how Canada’s military contribution to safety and security in the world has evolved.