The LandCraft and TankCraft series are aimed at modellers, but have proved very popular with military history enthusiasts, due to the excellent Introductory text. The M2 Bradley covered by this book was a Cold War design that has seen a great deal of service in the Balkans and Middle East, proving to be a high effective and versatile vehicle – Very Highly Recommended
NAME: LandCraft 9, Bradley Fighting Vehicle, The US Army’s Combat-proven Fighting Vehicle, 1981-2021 FILE: R3373 AUTHOR: David Grummitt PUBLISHER: LandCraft , Pen and Sword BINDING: soft back PRICE: £16.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Cold War, asymetric wars, Middle East, Balkans, Afghanistan, fighting vehicle, armoured vehicles, US Army, M2 Bradley, NBC protection ISBN: 1-39900-940-0 PAGES: 64, many full colour images, photographs and drawings, many specially commissioned for this book IMAGE: B3373.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/bwtpcdnt LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The LandCraft and TankCraft series are aimed at modellers, but have proved very popular with military history enthusiasts, due to the excellent Introductory text. The M2 Bradley covered by this book was a Cold War design that has seen a great deal of service in the Balkans and Middle East, proving to be a high effective and versatile vehicle – Very Highly Recommended
The early armoured personnel carriers and assault heliicopters revolutionised the battlefield because they could quickly deliver infantry in concentrations and then move them around the battlefield as required. The early APCs were not much more than an armoured box on a tracked chassis. Armament was limited to rifle calibre machine guns or heavy machine guns on a manual mount. This was intended to provide support to the infantry as they dismounted and to provide a basic level of anti-helicopter fire. They also provided NBC protection in what might be a tactical nuclear of biochemical environment.
The Bradley was a later design that although it was intended to fight in Europe, if the Cold War became hot, but started arriving as the Cold War was ending. It was a situation where politicians wer slavering at the thought of all the ‘peace dividend’ they could spend to their political advantage. However, the Bradley has been in the thick of fighting ever since in the endless succession of wars fought in the Balkans and the Middle East. It has given a very good account and consequently received many modification to increase its already good versitility. Unlike early vehicles, its armament makes it effective against other fighting vehicles and in the Iraq wars it destroyed more enemy fighting vehicles than the Abrams Main Battle Tank.
The author has provided a detaile dcoverage of available model kits and accessories that enable the modeller to produce an exhbition standard model of one of many veriations of the Bradley. The images are as usual in this series outstanding and many have been commissioned for this book. The book is excellent value and a very good companion to any military history enthusiast’s library.