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  • Taschenbuch: 48 Seiten
  • Verlag: Osprey Publishing (22. Juli 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1782003924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782003922
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,4 x 0,4 x 24,8 cm
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"This is a very good book. As a reference for history buffs it hits the mark for providing an amazing amount of information."
- www.amps-armor.org (August 2014)

"This book covers the early initiatives into mechanized cavalry as well as the various tanks used. This includes various Renault tanks, the Souma S 35, the Hotchkiss H 35 and H39 as well as the Panhard AMD 35. A goodly portion of the book covers the performance of French units during the 1940 invasion and is followed by French use of armored tanks after the 1940 Armistice that includes use in the Levant and Indo-China. It also covers use during the Allied invasion in November 1942. All of this is accompanied by superb period photos and the excellent art work of Ian Palmer. In all, it makes for a great primer on French cavalry tanks and AFVs. A book that I very much enjoyed reading and from which I learned a lot. Highly recommended."
- Scott van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com (July 2014)

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Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over two decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union. The author lives in Abingdon, MD.

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ned Middleton am 14. August 2014
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This series of books continues to provide what is, for me at least, the best possible grounding into the specifics of each subject covered. In this instance, the publishers have tackled the subject of French Tanks from WW2 in two editions and this (the second) covers Cavalry Tanks and AFVs. Though never a ‘cavalry man’ myself, I did once command a Scout Car on duty in Northern Ireland and also later served with a Cavalry Regiment and have been ‘locked down inside’ during simulated NBC attacks. Whereas, therefore, my experience might be described as the bare minimum, I do have a little (very little!) from my past service on which to draw when studying the work. Having said that, I found it absolutely fascinating!

The work commences with an appreciation of ‘Early Efforts at Cavalry Mechanisation’ which provides a great introduction. This is followed by three major chapters - each with as number of sub-headings as follows; (1) The Weygand Reforms; (Renault AMR 33, Renault AMR 35, Renault AMC, Somua S35, Hotchkiss H35, Hotchkiss H39, Panhard AMD 35 and Cavalry Mechanisation). (2) French Tanks and the 1940 Campaign; (Technical assessment and the turret problem, the Radio Gap, Legends of the Campaign, Tank Strength May 1940, the 1930s Arms Race and Cumulative Tank Production 1931-40 and French Tank Deployment May 1940). (3) French Tanks after the 1940 Armistice; (Cavalry AMDs in Colonies September 1939, Operation Exporter, Operation Torch and Tank Development in Vichy France). The book then concludes with Further Reading and Index.

From the above, the reader will gain a full appreciation of the subject although, (having missed it!) I did think I should have read the aforementioned earlier work first.
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11 von 13 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
A lot of good here...with a few sharp disagreements. 3. August 2014
Von JAG 2.0 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Steven Zaloga's French Tanks of WWII (2): Cavalry Tanks and AFVs is a wealth of information about the cavalry tanks France went to war with in their light mechanized divisions and independent cavalry formations at the beginning of WWII. This Osprey title, New Vanguard 213, has all the color plates and period photos Osprey books are known for.

The author guides the reader through the development of French tanks in the interwar years, focusing on the mid-to-late 1930's when France began to fear a resurgent Germany once more and sought to develop new tanks. The reader gets a good idea of the development path of French tanks (and their limitations based on France's military doctrine). There are good tanks such as the Somua S35 which had a one and a half man turret (not a one man turret as most believed - including me) and the very good Panhard armored car as well as the not-so-good tanks such as the Hotchkiss H35/H39.

The book contains some very good tables showing weight, speed, weapons, armor thickness, etc. The one on tank gun effectiveness is very welcome and shows the French had very effective tank guns - especially the 47mm mounted in the Somua that clearly was superior to the German 37mm L45 gun in the Pzkfw III in armor penetration. There are good photos of tank interiors and of battle damage. The author points out that cast hulls of many French designs were certainly better than German tanks of the same era and had better angled armor as opposed to German designs that always seemed made only of flat, vertical plates.

Unfortunately, the author then writes a list of excuses for French defeat in 1940. Rather than address what happened in combat between German tanks and those of the Allies, the author writes about the poor one man turrets of too many French designs, the lack of radios and "myths" of the 1940 campaign. Here's my problem with the book: it looks like the author is trying to explain away French defeat as the result of factors other than France's own military doctrine and military culture.

Although I think many French units fought bravely and effectively, they simply got beat by a military that was better than they were in key areas such as tactics, operational art, leadership and initiative that extended down to the enlisted soldier. The author contends that French tank strength was far less than what has been recently published once the ancient WWI-style tanks are factored out. That may be true, but the author deliberately ignores the approximately 600 tanks of the BEF which also took part in the 1940 campaign alongside their French allies. The Germans were outnumbered by the Allies in tanks.

The author states that the German operational plan in 1940 (sometimes called "Sichelschnitt") was an aberration in terms of the concentration of armor in German Army Group A which the author refers to as "the risky German 1940 operational plan". Excuses, excuses, excuses. If I may be so bold as to point it out, the Germans also had a large inventory of tanks and AFVs of marginal use on the battlefield (Pzkfw I was originally intended only as a training tank). If memory serves me, about 20% of the German armor was Czech 38t and 35t light tanks they seized from Czechoslovakia. The main German tank/antitank gun (the 37mm) was inferior to both the French 47mm and the British 2 pdr (40mm) guns.

The author points out that later American and Soviet armies had tank distribution within their armies that more closely reflected French practice in 1940 than the German. Well, that has much to do with the incredible industrial might of the United States that made it possible to produce enough tanks to do that - an industrial might Germany did not have. Germany concentrated their striking power in the Schwerepunkt as a matter of doctrine and necessity.

Despite my sharp disagreements with a few of the author's assertions, I think this book is certainly worthwhile for the wealth of specifications, armored vehicle design and development history as well as data on armor and weapon effectiveness which can then be compared to those of more well known German tanks. For those wanting more information on French interwar AFV design (as well as that of German, American, British and Soviet), I recommend On Armor (Military Profession) by Bruce Gudmundsson.
4 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Absolutely fascinating! 14. August 2014
Von Ned Middleton - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This series of books continues to provide what is, for me at least, the best possible grounding into the specifics of each subject covered. In this instance, the publishers have tackled the subject of French Tanks from WW2 in two editions and this (the second) covers Cavalry Tanks and AFVs. Though never a ‘cavalry man’ myself, I did once command a Scout Car on duty in Northern Ireland and also later served with a Cavalry Regiment and have been ‘locked down inside’ during simulated NBC attacks. Whereas, therefore, my experience might be described as the bare minimum, I do have a little (very little!) from my past service on which to draw when studying the work. Having said that, I found it absolutely fascinating!

The work commences with an appreciation of ‘Early Efforts at Cavalry Mechanisation’ which provides a great introduction. This is followed by three major chapters - each with as number of sub-headings as follows; (1) The Weygand Reforms; (Renault AMR 33, Renault AMR 35, Renault AMC, Somua S35, Hotchkiss H35, Hotchkiss H39, Panhard AMD 35 and Cavalry Mechanisation). (2) French Tanks and the 1940 Campaign; (Technical assessment and the turret problem, the Radio Gap, Legends of the Campaign, Tank Strength May 1940, the 1930s Arms Race and Cumulative Tank Production 1931-40 and French Tank Deployment May 1940). (3) French Tanks after the 1940 Armistice; (Cavalry AMDs in Colonies September 1939, Operation Exporter, Operation Torch and Tank Development in Vichy France). The book then concludes with Further Reading and Index.

From the above, the reader will gain a full appreciation of the subject although, (having missed it!) I did think I should have read the aforementioned earlier work first. Nevertheless, this is a full appraisal of the vehicles covered and one which will be most useful to those studying the subject.

Once again, no praise is too high for the outstanding artwork which sets this series of books apart from anything else. Eleven of the vehicles are carefully produced in original livery, side profile with numerous regimental motifs shown either on the tank/AFV or separately alongside. Across pages 20-21 there is a complete cutaway sectional diagram of the Somua S35. Elsewhere we find line drawings of these vehicles including some which show the crew on board in their operational positions. In addition there is an excellent selection of historic photographs alongside a small number of more recent (colour) images of vehicles which have been carefully preserved.

All things considered, another excellent introduction to the subject.

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French Cavalry Tanks 27. August 2014
Von Jethro Tull - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
A definite must have if you bought the first volume. Covers all those little two man tanks. There is a lot of coverage of the Somua S35, and a small write up on it's proposed successor, the S 40. There is even a picture of two proposed variants of the S 35. Armored cars of the between war period are touched upon, and the Panhard is also discussed.
4 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Good continuation 2. Oktober 2014
Von Death Dealer 6 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Zaloga continues to provide a concise study of a topic that has been covered far less than the contemporary armies. You need to read the "Infantry and Battle Tanks" volume also to get the whole story. Highly recommend it to you if you want to get a balance to the coverage of Nazi panzer development.
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Useful Introduction to French Cavalry Armored Vehicles of World War 2 6. Oktober 2014
Von Mostofizadeh - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Handsomely illustrated, detailed account of the development of French armored cavalry vehicles like the Somua S-35 tank and the Panhard AMD-25 armored car in the interwar period (1919-1939) and their employment in the Second World War. The color plates should be very useful for modelers.
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