Soldiers that fly! Tanks that fly! Cruisers that . . . sink!
What Fight Have Been
My Tank Is Fight! contains a humorous and exciting examination of twenty real inventions from World War II that never saw the light of day. Each entry includes full technical details, a complete development history, in-depth analysis, and a riveting fictionalized account of the invention's success or failure on the battlefield. Lavish color artwork and technical illustrations are falling from the pages of this book like toenails from a trench foot.
Dive under the Atlantic in the turreted U-Cruiser, or rule its surface from an aircraft carrier made out of ice. Shred bomber formations in a high-performance flying wing fighter and then rocket to your untimely end from the cockpit of your very own suicide missile. We've got a pair of German armored land vehicles for you that are so large they had to be powered by naval engines!
My Tank Is Fight! delivers the thrilling action of the Second World War as it might have been with a touch of humor and a lack of class. Only the slow-witted are reading this anywhere other than in line at the cash register. Ask an adult to help you if you're still not sure you want to buy the book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great technical info, great vignettes, if you are interested in WWII weird tech, and how it might have been deployed, than this book is for you.
For the tech buff, there are good scale line drawings, and tables of specifications; for the action buff there are plenty of well done painting quality pictures, and fictionalized accounts of their use in the field. For both there are good potential timelines for deployment (if they had been deployed), and excellent commentary by the author.
My only complaint would be some of the aside jokes in the descriptions might be obscure or unnecessary to some of the more serious/ older readers, and may also date the book rather quickly.
All in all it is a good balance of technical and fictional, and is, in the end, very entertaining. A good read for the military buff who isn't proofreading Jane's or anyone who enjoys military fiction above the level of a GI-Joe comic book.
My Tank is Fight is a pretty interesting book. It's not quite comedy, and it's not quite weapons nerd grade specs and charts, but rather somewhere in between. Imagine equal parts of History's Mysteries and The Daily Show and you've got a fair approximation of how My Tank is Fight is written.
Technical information ranges from fairly in-depth to almost nonexistant, as some of the contraptions featured in My Tank never made it off the drawing board (and for good reason). The technical area of each misguided project's section, appropriately titled 'Technical Mumbo-Jumbo' is in general well written, with Parsons injecting just enough levity to keep the non wargeek crowd interested.
Along with development history, specifications, and analysis, Zack also tries his hand at some historical fiction, adding small vignettes about the fictional deployment of these sometimes awe-inspiring, sometimes laugh-inspiring, and universally idiotic devices. The vignettes are...
If you like WWII stuff, gadgets, and have a bit of an imagination, this book is definitely for you. Kind of blends a bunch of facts (which it does a good job of telling you what is true and what's not) with some fictional writing. I thought the fictional part would be a little hokey, but was actually very entertaining.
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