Chars de 1916 a aujourd’hui

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Chars de 1916 a aujourd’hui

Roger Ford’s book follows the development of armoured fighting véhicules from their beginning en 1916 to the modern AFV of the early 21st Century. The book is organized into five chronological sections, giving the reader a very good impression of the tactical et technological changes involved. Dioramistes et modélistes will be inspired by the many colourful illustrations et photos de chars en action.

176 Pages by Roger Ford
Brown Packaging Books
ISBN: 3860706764

  • 80 Full-Colour Illustrations
  • 80 Black/White et Colour Photos
  • Tables avec Technical Data
  • Much Background Information

A difficult birth

This first section covers the impressive history of the early chars. The reader is made aware of the tremendous technical, tactical et logistical difficulties encountered by the developers de chars.

The illustrations show many interesting schémas de camouflage which may be recreated in miniature.

Tanks between the wars

The time between the wars saw le char in the role of véhicule d’appui d’infanterie. However, the Headquarters de la Wehrmacht allemande already dealt avec issues of armoured warfare on a large scale, et appropriate véhicule types were put into production.

  • Char Léger Mk.VII Tetrach
  • Cruiser Tank RAM Mk II
  • Renault Schneider B1
  • Renault R-35 (Renault ZM)
  • Hotchkiss H-39
  • Char Léger 7TP (Poland)
  • Carro Armato CA.11 (M11/39)
  • Christie M1928
  • M2A3
  • T-17
  • T-28
  • T-37
  • T-40
  • Typ 95 "Ha-Go"
  • Typ 97 "Te-Ke" Tankette
  • Carro Veloce L6/40
  • Fiat Ansaldo L35/lf (Flamethrower)
  • PzKpfw I
  • PzKpfw II

Camouflage during this period consisted primarily of a single colour being applied to the entire véhicule. However, the véhicules themselves are interesting enough to stimulate the modéliste.


The invasion of Poland, in Septembre 1939, launched a new era of armoured warfare. The race between char et antichar resulted in may new developments before the war was over.

Due to the increased effectiveness d’armes antichar et allied air forces, les véhicules blindés allemands increasingly adopted schémas de camouflage multi-colour. The illustrations show many interesting examples which may be copied by modélistes. Many of the chars remained in service après la guerre, some to this day.

The period from Potsdam to Viêt Nam

Pendant la Guerre Froide chars were valued for their firepower, speed et NBC protection. Chars became a key weapon on the battlefield, but the appearance of cheap missiles antichar seemed to end the domination des chars.

  • M41 Walker Bulldog
  • M47 Patton
  • M48 Patton 2
  • M60 Patton
  • M551 Sheridan
  • T-10
  • T-54
  • T-55
  • PT-76
  • AMX-13
  • Centurion
  • Conquerer

Modélistes will find many classic types during this period, et a number de schémas de camouflage. Unfortunately, les schémas de camouflage américains, britanniques, et soviétiques used en Europe centrale are not covered in sufficient detail.

The modern tank

Suprisingly, le char is making a big comeback on the verge of the 21st Century. Armour protection et electronics have improved significantly, providing le char avec better survivability et combat power. Schémas de camouflage still play a role, but the many colour photos show how quickly a pattern is obscured by dust et dirt when le char is in action.

The book provides a good introduction into armoured warfare, but this will have to be followed by a study d’armes antichar. To understand the relationship between char et antichar is important in order to fully appreciate armoured combat et the development of AFVs.

Exemplair par Karl Müller Verlag

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