Sherman Crab Flail Tank

By David Fletcher; Tony Bryan (Illustrator)
Osprey Publishing (UK), Paperback, 9781846030840, 48pp.

Publication Date: October 23, 2007

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In this title, David Fletcher relates the story of the Sherman Crab Flail using rare sources and photographs. Among the first tanks ashore on D-Day, the "Crab" proved its worth both in its mine-clearing role and as a fighting machine. This book recounts some of its more glorious moments with the famous British 79th Armoured Division and the US Army, giving a detailed exploration of the history of a powerful and innovative machine and the deadly mines it faced.

About the Author
David Fletcher was born in 1942. He has written a number of books and articles on military subjects and is currently the historian at the Tank Museum, Bovington, UK. He has spent over 40 years studying the development of British armored vehicles during the two World Wars. The author lives in Dorset, UK.

Innes McCartney is an historian and nautical archaeologist, specializing in 20th-century naval vessels. He lectures widely on a number of associated subjects. A passion for shipwrecks has led to some famous discoveries, including the submarine M1 and the battlecruiser "HMS Indefatigable," His previous book, "Lost Patrols" detailed his uncovering the 121 submarines sunk in the English Channel. His own underwater photography illustrates this book. The author lives in Cornwall, UK.
Tony Bryan is a freelance illustrator of many years' experience who lives and works in Dorset. He initially qualified in Engineering and worked for a number of years in Military Research and Development, and has a keen interest in military hardware - armor, small arms, aircraft and ships. Tony has produced many illustrations for partworks, magazines and books, including a number of titles in the New Vanguard series. Tony Bryan lives in Dorset, UK.

Praise For Sherman Crab Flail Tank

"David Fletcher's Sherman Crab Flail Tank follows the design and history of the Sherman tank, considering its development and deployment. Colorful artwork and vintage photos supplement a collection recommended for any in-depth military library focusing on equipment history." -The Bookwatch (February 2008)

"While we do not as yet have a proper all-styrene Crab kit, there are resin offerings on the market of this very unique and interesting vehicle type. Until now, tailored references have been very thin on the ground. Thank you, Mr. Fletcher for filling in the gap!" -Frank V. De Sisto, (November 21, 2007)

The author does a sterling job of telling this somewhat convoluted, but immensely interesting story of the development of this weapon... It makes for another superb edition on a most interesting piece of equipment and a tale you are sure to enjoy." -Scott Van Aken, (October 2007)

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