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Chieftain (Paperback)

British Cold War Main Battle Tank

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By Robert Jackson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Tank Craft
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9781526741424
Published: 13th May 2019

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The British Chieftain – designed in the late 1950s as the replacement for the Centurion – was perhaps the best main battle tank in service with Nato during the 1960s and 1970s. Its 120mm rifled main gun and advanced armour made it one of the most formidable tanks of its time, and Robert Jackson’s book is an authoritative introduction to it.

Although it was intended to fight Soviet armour on the plains of northern Germany, it was in the heat and sand of the Middle East that the Chieftain fought its major battles during the Iran–Iraq War of the 1980s, and it proved to be very effective during the Gulf War of 1991. Variants of the Chieftain were exported to Iran, Oman, India, Kenya and Nigeria, and its chassis was adapted to fulfil a variety of tasks, including armoured recovery and bridge-laying

As well as tracing the history of the Chieftain, Robert Jackson's work provides an excellent source of reference for the modeller, providing details of available kits and photographs of award-winning models, together with artworks showing the colour schemes applied to these tanks. Each section of the book is supported by a wealth of archive photographs.

This series reveals itself, even with this volume, of great interest, both for the collector and for the enthusiast of armored vehicles.

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As featured on Military Model Scene

Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

This title is a cracking first port of call for any scale modeller interested in creating a miniature version of the Chieftain, British Cold War Main Battle Tank (MBT). The scale modelling section is full colour with some very high quality modelling on offer.

Highly recommended.

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About Robert Jackson

ROBERT JACKSON is the author of over eighty books on military, aviation, naval and scientific subjects. He was defence and science correspondent for a major British newspaper publishing group. Among the other books he has compiled for Pen & Sword are Bf-109 in the FlightCraft series and for TankCraft he has written extensively on the T-34, the Panzer I and II, the Centurion and Chieftain Main Battle Tanks as well as the Russian T54/55.

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