The Great Tank Scandal
By David Fletcher
David Fletcher’s The Great Tank Scandal has been re-printed for the first time since publication in 1989.
This rare and highly collectable title has been out of print for many years, but it's significance, insight and importance remain. It offers a critique of the military authorities, industry and government, all presented in David’s unique and witty style.
In The Great Tank Scandal, he looks at the indecision and vacillation that left Britain seemingly unprepared for tackling Nazi Germany – and the consequences it led to.
Part 2, The Universal Tank is also available here.
David Fletcher reveals an encyclopaedic grasp of the subject of British armour in WW2. Armoured cars feature quite heavily in this account - being extensively employed in the reconnaissance role throughout the War. His insights into the Tank Boards and the limitations placed on British industry during these crucial years, are most educational. It becomes clear that the incompatible personalities of key figures in tank design policy, were as great a hindrance to progress as the shortsighted policies of successive inter-War governments. Anybody seeking to broaden their understanding of this complex topic, should read this book.
This book ist a fascinating and very useful source of information about british Tank development before and in the first half of WW2. Recommended for all Tank enthusiasts and people who are interested in military history in general
David Fletcher explains all regarding the UK’s efforts to produce tanks at the beginning of WW II. Illuminative and entertaining. Brilliant.
Enjoyed the book very much. It showed what happens when you try to do things on the cheap. There were a couple of good designs, even th Russians who could be said to know about tanks liked the Valentine. There seemed to have been no attempt to 'future proof' designs in view of lessons from the Spanish civil war.
Answered all of the questions I've had for years about the goofiness of British tank design in WWII and taught me a lot I didn't know as well. Nice, smooth read.