This is an important addition to a very popular series of books that feature lavish illustration with rare photographs. This is one of the larger books in the series and also contains a higher percentage of text, but without in any way reducing the unique collection of images that each book in the series is famed for. A delight with fine full colour photographs and clear drawings – Highly Recommended.
NAME: Images of War, M1 Abrams Tank, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives FILE: R2499 AUTHOR: Michael Green PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: soft back PAGES: 182 PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Armour, AFV, Armoured Fighting Vehicle, tanks, tank warfare, gun tank, Middle East Wars, deserts, insurgencies
IMAGE: B2499.jpg6 BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/l88l8aj LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This is an important addition to a very popular series of books that feature lavish illustration with rare photographs. This is one of the larger books in the series and also contains a higher percentage of text, but without in any way reducing the unique collection of images that each book in the series is famed for. A delight with fine full colour photographs and clear drawings - Highly Recommended. The author has elected to begin with a rapid tour through earlier US armour from the WWII Sherman to explain the reasoning behind the design and development of the M1 Abrams Tank. To illustrate this section, he has selected full colour photographs of restored tanks to maintain a full colour photographic gallery through the book. When looking at armour, and trying to assess the importance of each design, a successful tank may not be the finest example of its time, but the model produced in sufficient numbers. Looked at technically, US tank design has been poor and some commentators will say that the M1 Abrams Tank has not broken the established US pattern of technical short comings. Certainly, British and German designs have been much better, as have been some Russian/Soviet models. During WWII, the British continued to design and develop both their own native designs and significant modifications to US tank models. The British Sherman Firefly adaptation produced a Sherman that had the firepower to take on and destroy the German Tiger I and Tiger II main battle tanks. The British Cromwell was produced in relatively small numbers, but proved a very effective tank. The most advanced tank was however the British Centurion, which arrived too late to see WWII action, but was used very effectively in the Korean War and through a series of Middle Eastern wars. The Germans had produced a number of assault gun/tank killers which were very effective and married a much more powerful gun, with limited traverse and elevation, to an older main tank chassis. The Tiger I, Panther and Tiger II tanks were highly effective and lacked only in some unreliability from complex engineering, and in a shortage of numbers. They represent the pinnacle of WWII German tank design. Against the British and German production, the US armour relied on mass production and weight of numbers, with the Sherman as the apex of WWII design. Technically, the Grants and Shermans and the various tank killers were at best competent. After WWII, the British Centurion became a leading design, not least through its powerful and innovative 105 mm main gun. However, the Russians had built up a huge stock of tanks and produced 120 mm gunned models. The interim British solution was the 120 mm gunned Conqueror that was issued in small numbers to Centurion mounted regiments. It was well armoured and the gun was highly effective, although the tank was slow and heavy. Never tested in battle, it was perhaps more accurately considered as a mobile bunker with a very heavy gun that could be sited to provide supporting fire for troops of Centurions, moving to new positions as the battle moved. Its main recommendation was that it was more effective than anything produced by the US. The Germans also got back into the tank business with the Leopard which has proved a popular and effective design, purchased for the German army and by other countries. The British have kept ahead in design, with the Chieftain in its various marks, but produced relatively few machines, with the Cameron Government claiming the tank was now obsolete and could be scrapped to save money. Against that background, the M1 Abrams was a step in the right direction for the US. It was certainly markedly better technically than anything the US had previously produced. Critics have highlighted some limitations and the big question for the future is whether the manned tank has a real future. It is vulnerable to modern aircraft that can destroy tanks from well outside the range of the tank's ability to fight back. Infantry anti-tank weapons are also very much more effective and this makes the Unmanned Armoured Vehicle an attractive alternative. Unmanned Vehicles of all types are particularly attractive to countries with considerable manufacturing potential, because they can be cheaper to produce in much larger quantities without the problem of training crews and attrition replacements. The author has looked carefully at the M1 Abrams Tank and selected an excellent set of colour photographs to illustrate his work. Fine detail has been provided by a number drawings and sketches.