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M1 Abrams (Paperback)

The US's Main Battle Tank in American and Foreign Service, 1981–2019

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By David Grummitt
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Tank Craft
Pages: 64
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781526749758
Published: 4th November 2019


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Since its introduction in 1981, at the height of the Cold War, the Abrams main battle tank has been one of the most visible and iconic symbols of American military power, and it is the fascinating subject of this heavily illustrated historical and modelling guide in the TankCraft series by David Grummitt.

Designed to meet head-on the massed tank forces of the Warsaw Pact, its combat debut in fact came in a different scenario in 1991 during the First Gulf War. Since then it has served in the peace-keeping role in the former Yugoslavia and seen combat in Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen. It has gone through a series of modifications and modernizations that see it set to remain the backbone of the US Army until at least 2050.

As well as charting the development and combat history of the vehicle, the book is illustrated throughout with colour photos and specially commissioned colour profiles. Seven different models, covering the service history of the Abrams, are featured, as is a modellers' guide to the existing kits and accessories in all the popular scales.

The M1 Abrams tank and its improved variants are the spearhead of the US armored forces, Grummitt's book, like all those in the TankCraft series, is a fantastic introduction to what is a fantastic tank, an introduction that will benefit model makers as well as historians, and we can say that even this TankCraft volume cannot be missing on your shelves.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

Intended as a guide for military vehicle modellers, this highly detailed look at the M1 Abrams tank is as much a history of the vehicle as a modellers' aid.

Books Monthly

This title is a cracking first port of call for any scale modeller interested in creating a miniature version of the M1 Abrams, 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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Scale Modelling Now

Well illustrated throughout, not just the modellers showcase, but with plenty of archive photos of the real thing in service. The Abrams is a regular modellers subject, so this one is sure to be popular.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

Designed for armoured warfare in Europe during the Cold War, the Abrams has spent its combat exposure in the Middle East both as a Main Battle Tank engaged in fighting armour and in asymmetric warfare against insurgents. This is a book aimed primarily at the modelling community, but the high standard of illustration makes it applicable to anyone with an interest in armour and modern combat environments. – Very Highly Recommended.

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The model section is very well written when it comes to models and after market options and should enable the modeller to make an informed choice to a degree. The finished models are really well done and stunning builds.

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Featured ON THE BOOK SHELF with Neil Smith

Wargames Illustrated, November 2019

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

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