The Images of War series has proved very popular, setting the high standard maintained by this new addition to the series. The Cold War set the US Army a number of challenges, one of which was a virtually continuous high level of alert with a series of conventional conflicts and surrogate wars, but always under the shadow of the prospect of a nuclear battlefield. – Very Highly Recommended.
NAME: Images of War, US Cold War Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives FILE: R3117 AUTHOR: Michael Green PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: soft back PRICE: £16.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Cold War, armoured vehicles, tanks, personnel carriers, self-propelled artillery, assault guns, armoured cars, amphibious armour, M41 Bulldog, M551 Sheridan, M3 Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicle, M113, Patton series tanks, M103 Heavy Tank
PAGES: 220 IMAGE: B3117.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/r3qlb2k DESCRIPTION: The Images of War series has proved very popular, setting the high standard maintained by this new addition to the series. The Cold War set the US Army a number of challenges, one of which was a virtually continuous high level of alert with a series of conventional conflicts and surrogate wars, but always under the shadow of the prospect of a nuclear battlefield. – Very Highly Recommended. The US Army had to prepare for war against very large Soviet armoured forces across the plains of North Germany. It was always expected that a Soviet attempt to invade Western Europe would depend on a massive armoured force and require the use of tactical nuclear weapons in a conflict that might well escalate rapidly into a full nuclear exchange. In terms of conventional warfare, the US needed urgently to introduce new vehicles to replace the types on which they had depended in WWII. This was a requirement not just of large numbers of modern armoured vehicles of all types, but a significant technical upgrade. The Patton series was the US Army answer to a new and effective Main Battle Tank, although technically it, and its initial main gun, was less effective than the superlative British Centurion MBT. Introduced just too late to see action in WWII, the Centurion achieved balance of in defence, manoeuvrability and firepower in a reliable package that made it an export success. The initial main gun was rapidly replaced with an outstanding 105mm gun that was also exported separately and was adopted by the US to up-gun US Army MBTs. The 1950s saw the start of a race to produce better fire control systems and meet the requirement for all new armoured fighting vehicles to be able to operate closed up for extended periods on a nuclear battlefield. It ended up by producing a change in policies. During WWII, US industrial strength had been relied on to churn out a massive numerical advantage against Germany and to quickly replace all tanks destroyed by the Germans. The Grants and Shermans were adequate vehicles but technically inferior to the current German designs. They delivered land victory because they could kill German tanks or at least disable them, aided by the lack of reliability in the sophisticated later German designs. During the Cold War, the US and NATO attempted technical superiority while the Soviets concentrated on a small number of low cost vehicles in very large numbers that equipped USSR and satellite state armies. The use of tactical nuclear weapons in the NATO plan recognized that Soviet numbers could overwhelm NATO armour and also recognized that NATO had relatively small numbers of armoured vehicles in many different types, including obsolescent and obsolete armour from WWII. The need to fight on a nuclear battlefield also demand a complete range of armoured fighting vehicles with the same radiation resistance as the MBTs. Open personnel carriers were replaced by closed vehicles and then given heavier defensive and suppressive armament. This book provides excellent coverage of these changes with rare images, many in full colour and accompanied by technical drawings.