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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 inine at the cash register. Ask an adult to help you if you’re still not sure you want to buy the book.

About the Author

Zack Parsons and SomethingAwful.com have been making people stupider over the Internet since 1999. If Zack were more secure in his sexuality, he would have a framed picture of Roger Mudd on his wall with a pink heart drawn around it, and for him, watching History's Mysteries is like riding with Indiana Jones and a little Asian kid in a coal car through a volcano.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel; Later Printing edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806527587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806527581
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Zack Parsons is a Chicago area writer known for his acerbic commentary and bleakly humorous science fiction. He has authored two non-fiction books, MY TANK IS FIGHT! and YOUR NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBOR IS A DRAGON. His works, including That Insidious Beast and CONEX: Convict Connections, have appeared online and in various published anthologies including A COMMONPLACE BOOK OF THE WEIRD: THE UNTOLD STORIES OF H.P. LOVECRAFT and OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS: DOOMSDAY SCENARIOS.

His debut novel, LIMINAL STATES, will be released in April of 2012.

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73 of 94 people found the following review helpful By B. R. White on October 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
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.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 27, 2006
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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 unfortunately rather disappointing. The bad ones simply made me want to skip to the next section, and the good ones left me disappointed because they were all too short. I wish Parsons had been able to better flesh out some of the narratives simply because it's hard to not be entertained by the cartoonish supervillainy of Hitler's 2,000 ton megatanks clashing with the Red Army on the eastern front.

If you're looking for an in-depth technical manual, My Tank will probably be something of a disappointment, same with if you're looking for 175 pages worth of Zack's patented internet humor. Instead, My Tank straddles the fence between the two. While it delivers neither in-depth wargeek fodder nor mountains of comedic gold, it manages to be a highly entertaining read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J on April 20, 2008
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Tresca VINE VOICE on January 6, 2009
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I bought My Tank is Fight at World Fantasy Con when I was looking for something to buy in the dealer's room. It appealed to my peculiar tastes: weird history, alternate history fiction, technical details of weapons and armor, and a good dose of humor. In other words, the same stuff you find in most role-playing game books these days (if you can find them). So in a rare move, I bought myself a brand-new book.

As weird history, My Tank is Fight does an admirable job of spotlighting the various weapons conceived for World War II that were impractical from the start. Divided into land, sea, and air, these devices are mostly from the Germans (with one Canadian/American exception), spawned from sheer desperation as the war waned. They can be categorized as two different types:

Bigger is Better: The same old boring weapon, only GINORMOUS. Beyond the cost of creating these monstrosities, they were too heavy to actually use (giant tanks can't cross bridges) or too obvious a target for the Allied bombers.

Combine This With That: Combining a tank with a plane, or a submarine with a tank. Yes, technically these devices could conquer two types of terrain, but they ended up being pretty terrible at traversing both.

As if all these historical details are too boring to keep an adult's attention span focused, the book has frequent jokes - some funny, some just plain sophomoric - wherein the author slips into first person. It's a little jarring, when the rest of the book is relatively somber.

Additionally, there are fiction vignettes highlighting Nazis, Russians, and an American reporter's experiences with these superweapons in an alternate history where they're actually created and used.
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What happens when you mix 19 mostly German, mostly secret weapons projects from World War II, with a semi-technical explanation of the system and what would have likely happened if the system had been fielded, along with a fictional vignette of the weapon in action, all done with a bit of off-the-wall humor? Surprisingly, in the case of "My Tank is Fight", by Zack Parsons, you get a fun to read book that both educates (although educates is a relative term when you're dealing with secret projects that in some cases didn't even get off of the drawing board) and entertains.

I got the book pretty much on a whim, and I have to admit that my expectations were fairly low. But Mr Parsons offers some good, valid analysis on the projects and provides a realistic projection of whether the system would have been successful. And the part I thought would have been the book's weakest part ... the fictional vignettes ... by and large added to the fun.

The projects are generally grouped into "Land", "Air", and "Sea" categories. While I'm fairly well versed in World War II history, a few of the projects were new to me and learning something about them was a pleasant surprise. If you're a World-War II buff, and are looking for something to put on your guilty pleasure book list, give this title a try.
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