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T-54/55 (Kindle)

The Soviet Army's Cold War Main Battle Tank

Tanks Cold War

By Anthony Tucker-Jones
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 74.5 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 136
ISBN: 9781473891104
eBook Released: 8th November 2017

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The Soviet T-54/55 is probably the best-known tank of the Cold War, and it was produced in greater numbers that any other tank in history. It first went into service just after the Second World War and over 70,000 were made, and its design was so successful that it even outlasted its successor the T-62. For a generation it formed the backbone of the armoured forces of the Warsaw Pact and it was exported all over the world, remaining in the front-line until the 1990s. This photographic history in the Images of War series by Anthony Tucker-Jones is the ideal introduction to it. In over 150 archive photographs and a detailed analytical text, he traces the design and development of the T-54/55 and records its operational history. He describes how it was conceived as a main battle tank, an all-rounder, contrasting with the light, medium and heavy tanks produced in the past, and it proved to be extraordinarly effective. It was as adaptable as it was long-lasting, different versions being produced by China, Czechoslovakia, Poland and Romania. Its relatively simple design also meant it was easy to maintain even in difficult conditions and it was used by armies across the Third World, in particular in wars in Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Somalia. Anthony Tucker-Joness history of this remarkable armoured vehicle will be absorbing reading for tank enthusiasts and a valuable source for modellers.

Good value for the tankie.

Miniature Wargames, April 2018 – reviewed by Chris Jarvis

This new title in the Images of War series is bound to be popular, not only with model makers and enthusiasts, but owners too.

Military Vehicle Trust

A useful introduction to the myriad variants of T-54/55.

Airfix Model World, March 2018

The book gives a good look at the T54/55 story and makes a good job of it. In the later years though the number of photos which illustrate many knocked-out/destroyed examples, its' age is certainly clear. In addition to the nice clear detail references for the modeller, there are a number of photos which will inspire some model dioramas as well I have no doubt.

Read the complete review here.

Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

About Anthony Tucker-Jones

Anthony Tucker-Jones is a former defence intelligence officer and a widely published expert on regional conflicts, counter-terrorism and armoured and aerial warfare. He is the author of numerous books including Falaise: The Flawed Victory, Operation Dragoon: The Liberation of Southern France 1944, Armoured Warfare on the Eastern Front, Tiger I & Tiger II, T-34: The Red Army's Legendary Medium Tank, The Panther Tank: Hitler’s T-34 Killer, The Battle for Budapest 1944-1945 and The Panzer IV: Hitler’s Rock. For further information his website can be found at www.atuckerjones.com.

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