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Land Craft 9: Bradley Fighting Vehicle (Paperback)

The US Army’s Combat-Proven Fighting Platform, 1981–2021

Modern Warfare Modelling Photographic Books Colour Books Military Armoured Fighting Vehicles

By David Grummitt
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Land Craft
Pages: 64
Illustrations: 200 b&w and colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781399009409
Published: 20th May 2021

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The Bradley Fighting Vehicle was developed in the 1970s to counter the new Infantry Fighting Vehicles of the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies. Designed to survive the imagined high-intensity, Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) battlefield of the Cold War, it became, alongside the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank, the mainstay of US armoured forces during the 1980s. As the Cold War ended, however, it would go on to prove its worth on other battlefields. During the First Gulf War the Bradley would destroy more Iraqi AFVs than the Abrams, while during the 1990s it would prove itself an effective weapons system in the missions to Bosnia and Kosovo. During the 2003 invasion of the Iraq and the fighting that followed it confirmed its reputation as a versatile and deadly AFV.

This volumes examines the development and service history of both the M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle and the M3 Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicle. The various modifications and improvements over its long service history are described, as is the experience of the soldiers who have fought alongside and in it during the past three decades. The book also gives a full account of the wide range of kits and accessories available in all the popular scales and includes a modelling gallery covering the most important Bradley variants. Detailed colour profiles provide both reference and inspiration for modellers and military enthusiasts alike.

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Scale Modelling Now

"There are also a good number of color profiles as well as a fairly good sized modeling section that provides built models and information on kits and accessories."

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The Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

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

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Firetrench

The text is well written and the author knows his material. So I feel this title offers value for money and I feel will offer something to anyone interested in the vehicle.

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Armorama

I am a fan of this LandCraft series, a well balanced mix of information on the story of the real vehicle, accompanied by many photos of them in service, coupled with a set of fine colour artwork illustrating different variants along with their camouflage & markings, along with a Modellers' Showcase with some first-class examples of built models plus detail of the available models and accessories that can be found in different scales. Very nicely done and ideal for modellers.

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About David Grummitt

David Grummitt is editor of Military Modelcraft International with more than a decade of building models and writing articles for publication. As well as being editor of MMI since 2009, he is a professional historian who has written several books on fifteenth- and sixteenth-century military and political history. His most recent book in the TankCraft series is M1 Abrams: The US's Main Battle Tank in American and Foreign Service, 1981-2019.

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