In This Article Expand or collapse the "in this article" section Armored War

  • Introduction
  • Anthologies
  • World War I
  • The Korean War
  • The Vietnam War
  • The Arab Israeli Wars
  • Us–Iraqi Wars
  • Cold War Armor Doctrine

Military History Armored War
Louis DiMarco
  • LAST REVIEWED: 06 February 2012
  • LAST MODIFIED: 06 February 2012
  • DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780199791279-0015


There are various ways to approach an all-encompassing subject such as armored warfare. Few authors treat the subject as an entity separate from other issues, and so comprehensive discussions of armored warfare are rare. Typically, armored warfare is most accurately and comprehensively discussed within the context of other, more specific issues such as battles, campaigns, leaders, and wars. Specific studies of a more technical nature, describing the history of individual organizations or the specifics of armored vehicle development, are also important elements of understanding this subject. An aspect of armored warfare that is important to keep in mind when researching the subject is that few if any militaries consider armored warfare a type of warfare. Rather, most modern military forces refer to the very mobile operations of armored vehicles not as “armored warfare,” but rather as “modern combined arms warfare.” This bibliography focuses exclusively on sources available in the English language, which is a significantly large volume of work and addresses most of the major armored-warfare issues.

General Overviews

Overviews of armored warfare generally take one of two themes to guide their discussion. The first is the theme of doctrine, which analyzes the approach toward armored warfare in individual countries. The other major theme is a chronological analysis of tank design. Mixed within these two broad approaches are introductions to the major individuals who made contributions to the nature of armored warfare history, as well as the battles and campaigns in which armored forces played a major part.

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