After British forces first introduced the tank, in significant force, to modern warfare during World War One at the Battle of Cambrai in 1917, the German High Command realized that the tank was an instrument of war that was to be reckoned with. The Germans then started their own tank development program which was a slow process so the Germans started capturing British tanks and salvaging British tanks parts and added them to their own growing tank force. With a few modifications, such as adding German guns and machineguns, the British tanks were ready to be turned against their former owners. In addition to British tanks, the Germans captured French tanks and added them to their own tank forces as well which significantly increased Germanys tank numbers. The captured armor became known as Germanys Beute-Tanks.
- World War One Series Number 1003 Beute-Tanks British Tanks in German Service Volume 1
by Rainer Strasheim with Verlag Jochen Vollert collection is a 96 page soft cover book and contains 159 black & white photographs and illustrations, 32 color photographs and illustrations and 24 pages of text. There is one page with line drawings that details the modifications needed when the British 6 pounder guns were replaced with the German 5.7cm Maxim-Nordenfelt guns. The book's ISBN is 978-3-936519-24-2 and it has a 2011 copyright.
A New Weapon of War - Brief History
To the Green Fields Beyond - Cambrai 1917
Lumber and Canvas - German Dummy Tanks
Battlefield Booty - German Tank Recovery
Towards Captured Tank Detachments
Bayerischer Armee-Kraftwagen-Park 20
Beute - The Mk. IV Tank in German Service
Forming Beute-Abteilungen 11 to 16
Numbers, Names, Camouflage and Markings
The French Connection
The Mark IV in Detail and Colour
Shown throughout the book are a wide variety of photographs of the German Beute-Tanks of WWI. The photographs range from action scenes to casual scenes to scenes that were obviously staged. The photographs show the Beute-Tanks during various times of the year and different types of settings such as trenches, cities, roadways, factories, railways and test areas. Several, if not most, of the photographs were new to me so that was a definite plus.
The color photographs in the final chapter are set up as a walk around type of arrangement. Most of the photographs are nice and clear, although there are some that have an out of focus look to them or appear to be too dark. However it needs to be taken into consideration that most of the photographs are approaching 100 years old and are excellent for their age. The quality of the photographs is of no fault of the author and takes nothing away from the book. It is obvious that the author took the time to research and arrange the photographs in a well thought out chronological manner and separate them as to the subject matter of the individual chapters.
All of the photographs are accompanied by captions that are in English text. The captions are well written and go into great detail in regards to the scene that is shown. It is obvious that Rainer Strasheim has taken the time to study the photographs and research them so that the captions are well detailed and point out several items of interest. The captions are specific to the tank shown in regards to its number and name, details as to when that specific tank was lost, and points out modifications that were made to that specific tank. Some of the captions also discuss the soldiers and tank crew members in the photograph and point out items of interest in regards to them and their equipment.
As with my other book reviews I like to mention certain things shown in the book that I hope will provide additional information and will be of interest to others.
Some of the captured British armor shown and discussed is the:
Male MK I tank
Male MK IV tank
Female MK I tank
Female MK II tank
Female MK IV tank
Some of the captured non-British armor shown and discussed is the:
French FT-17 tank
French Char Saint Chamond tank
French Schneider tank
One piece of German non-armor shown and discussed is the:
A7V Uberlandwagen supply carrier
Some weapons shown and discussed are the:
Belgian 5.7cm quick firing Maxim-Nordenfelt cannon
German 5.3cm cannon Fahrpanzer (moveable armor)
Some non-armor items shown and discussed are:
Steam traction engines
Horse drawn wagons
All in all I am very impressed with the book. The Beute-Tanks are shown and discussed very well. With its wealth of detailed photographs and captions this book will appeal to the World War One historian and enthusiast, the military diorama and figure modeler and the military enthusiast, and will be a welcome addition to ones personal reference library. I would have no hesitation to add other Tankograd Publishing World War One Series titles, or any of the other Tankograd titles, to my personal library nor would I hesitate to recommend this book to others. This is an excellent title from Tankograd Publishing. As captured tanks, vehicles, equipment, etc. are a long time favorite subject of mine I was very excited to see the release of this publication.
Landships British Tanks in the First World War
HMSO Publications Centre
German Military Vehicle Rarities (1)
Imperial Army, Reichswehr and Wehrmacht 1914-1945
Tankograd Publishing Verlag Jochen Vollert
German Tanks in World War I
The A7V and Early Tank Development
Wolfgang Schneider & Rainer Strasheim
Schiffer Publishing LTD
German Soldier on the Western Front 1914-1918
Robert Kirchubel & Ramiro Bujeiro
Concord Publications Company
A review of Volume 2 can be found here on Armorama