Stryker Interim Combat Vehicle, The Stryker and LAV III in US and Canadian Service, 1990-2020

A welcome addition to the very popular Land Craft Series and this Interim Combat Vehicle demonstrates the political folly of premature spending of ‘peace dividends’ by politicians. Aimed at model makers, this series has become popular with a much wider readership, due to the excellent text describing the subject vehicle and its deployment, including unit structures. Very Highly Recommended

NAME:  Stryker Interim Combat Vehicle, The Stryker and LAV III in US and 
Canadian Service, 1990-2020
FILE: R3327
AUTHOR: David Grummitt
PUBLISHER: Land Craft, Pen and Sword
BINDING: soft back
PRICE: £16.99                                               
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT:   Cold War, insurgency wars, Middle East Conflict, communications 
vehicle, ambulance, combat vehicle, air-portable vehicle, general purpose vehicle, 
cross-country vehicle, 
reconnaissance vehicle, armoured fighting vehicle

ISBN: 1-52678-981-7

PAGES: 64, extensive illustration in B&W and full colour, including specially 
commissioned images
IMAGE: B3327.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: A welcome addition to the very popular Land Craft Series and this 
Interim Combat Vehicle demonstrates the political folly of premature spending of
 'peace dividends' by politicians. Aimed at model makers, this series has become 
popular with a much wider readership, due to the excellent text describing the 
subject vehicle and its deployment, including unit structures.  Very Highly 
Recommended

The unpleasant outbreak of world peace for ever at the fall of the Soviet Union was 
no more than an excuse by politicians to spend a 'peace dividend' that never existed. 
When any large empire falls, it never means peace for ever. The vacuum is filled by 
new threats and a period of significant instability. Eventually the fallen empire can be 
reborn in a different form that has the same appetite for an expansion of its power. 
The fall of the Soviet Union has demonstrated this and also the ability of arms 
manufacturers and war fighters to rise to the new challenges in spite of their political '
masters', as lions led by donkeys, who can still roar.

The Stryker ICV was born of a need to expand the ability of rapid reaction forces to 
respond to new threats. It also had to grow in a period of funding constraints. The 
argument about the future role of armour continues without a definitive answer. The 
Main Battle Tank is a high cost weapons system that is vulnerable to a host of new 
weapons, including armed drone aircraft and anti-armour missiles. That encourages 
politicians, and some military leaders, in the belief that the MBT is obsolete and a 
cost that can be saved. Only time will tell, but there is still much development 
potential in powerful manned and unmanned armoured vehicles. In the meantime 
vehicles like the Stryker, and air portable tracked vehicles, have been filling a 
battlefield need in the vacuum caused by political indecision. 

The result has been that a multi-wheeled basic armoured design has been developed 
further to extend capabilities and served with distinction on the battlefield, now being 
considered as one suitable element to meet the resurgent Russian threat and the 
growing tensions with China. In the process it has become a popular modelling 
subject with a good choice of kits and a expanding range of enhancement products 
which are illustrated in specially commissioned images. This still leaves considerable 
scope for the skilled modeller to develop a competition grade unique model.

As with other volumes in the Land Craft Series, this new volume features extensive illustration, mostly in full colour and commissioned specifically for the series. There are many excellent full colour side view drawings, depicting a range of camouflage patterns and equipment states. There are also colour photographs of completed models and available enhancement kits. This provides a great deal of information that will enable a model maker to complete an exhibition grade model, either for static exhibition on its own, or on a diorama. It will also provide the detail for those completing working models under remote radio control, for which pinned-link tracks are necessary.

What has made this series so popular to a wider readership is the quality of the text. There is detailed historical text that covers the vehicle in general and specifically in the model, campaign and period of the subject. This includes organization details for the units operating the subject. The publisher has been commissioning multiple volumes for most subjects, and this volume’s subject is no exception, that together build into a formidable library of information for military history and technology enthusiasts to add to traditional military history books, filling detail gaps that otherwise exist.