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T-54/55 (Paperback)

The Soviet Army's Cold War Main Battle Tank

Tanks Cold War

By Anthony Tucker-Jones
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 136
ISBN: 9781473891098
Published: 30th October 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 one of Pen & Sword’s leading authors. He has written well over 30 books including a number of the highly successful Images of War series – he also wrote the recent six part Modern Warfare series for Pen & Sword.

He started his writing career freelancing for the internationally renowned Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Intelligence Review. Subsequently he was recruited by British Defence Intelligence for his expertise. Since then he has forged a career as a fulltime author and writer. He has contributed to numerous aviation, military and naval magazines and made regular media appearances.

In addition he specialises in counter-terrorism and has been the freelance terrorism and security correspondent for intersec - The Journal of International Security. This highly respected magazine is the principal publication for the UK’s security industry. Further information can be found on his website at www.atuckerjones.com

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