By Dick Taylor and The Tank Museum
This limited run is published exclusively for The Tank Museum making our store the only seller of this fantastic manual.
Supported with almost 300 photographs and illustrations, Dick Taylor reviews the design, construction and combat use of the Matilda Infantry Tank and investigates the restoration of the Tank Museum’s Matilda II, offering rare insights into its complexities.
The Matilda Infantry Tank is without doubt one of the iconic British armoured fighting vehicles of the Second World War, and for a short period it enjoyed an enviable reputation as being almost impervious to most enemy anti-tank guns.
One commenter, looking back at its contribution to Britain’s war effort, stated that at the time of the Matilda’s introduction into service ‘it was undoubtedly the best tank in the world’.
Notwithstanding its many flaws, nearly three thousand were built and it saw service in France in 1940, during the campaigns in Libya and Tunisia from 1940 to 1943, on the Steppes of Russia, and even in the jungle of the Pacific. It was the only British tank to remain in frontline service from the German invasion of Poland in 1939 through to the Japanese surrender in 1945.
Known by many as the Queen of the Desert, during the first years of the war the Matilda was regarded by the Italians and Germans as a bogey-tank that was nearly impossible to destroy, much as the German Tiger came to be considered later by Allied soldiers.
A well-written and balanced study of this important tank.
Coverage ranges from the interwar era explaining how Infantry Tanks came about then the design, development and use of them is described as well as providing a lot of detail about what the tank looked like outside and inside.
A chapter deals with the Museum Workshop's painstaking restoration and the whole is rounded off by a series of detailed photos.
Well worth a place in the collection of those interested in British AFVs.
I look forward to more like this. Please?
Nicely detailed book on a neglected subject
Another great Haynes book. The information the Tank Museum provides to enhance these books is the main reason I purchase these. The insight they provide just is not in any other publication. Fantastic!