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Tank Craft 16: T-54/55 (ePub)

Soviet Cold War Main Battle Tank

Colour eBooks Military > Modelling Military > Post-WWII Warfare > Cold War Military > Tanks

By Robert Jackson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Tank Craft
File Size: 51.8 MB (.epub)
Illustrations: 150
ISBN: 9781526741394
Published: 20th February 2019


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During the Cold War, the T-54/55 series of tanks represented the most serious threat to Nato land forces in Europe. Available in huge quantities, it formed the core of the Warsaw Pact armoured warfare doctrine, which envisaged massed tank attacks against the weakest point in Nato’s front-line defences.

Yet the T-54/55 could be stopped by smaller numbers of tanks which had the benefit of better technology and training, as was demonstrated during the Yom Kippur War of 1973 when Israeli tanks dealt out appalling punishment to T-55s of the Syrian army. Despite these limitations, the T-54/55 was one of the most successful tanks ever produced, and this volume in the TankCraft series by Robert Jackson is the ideal introduction to it.

As well as tracing the history of the T-54/55, his book is 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.

When I consider all of the model vehicles I have made over the years, I can only lament the fact that I did not have one of these handy guides to assist me during their construction. This edition on the T54/55 is yet another very good instalment in an excellent series providing a library of resources for the amateur and expert modeller alike.

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Amazon Customer, Andrew Hills

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FineScale Modeler

In the sixteenth issue of the series, Tank Craft, Robert Jackson presents the development of the Soviet medium tanks, T-54 and T-55.  In the 64 pages he discusses the post war development of the tanks, which were in fact based upon an abandoned 1941 design, the T-34M, which was improved upon to become the T-44 and subsequently the T-54 and T-55.  Details, variants and operators of the armored fighting vehicles are discussed as well as their use in conflict.  There are 93 black and white photos and 7 4-view drawings in colour.  This is a scale modelling reference which contains 61 colour photos and 16 photos of box art from Tamiya, Takom, Miniart, Revell, Skif and Trumpter.  The professionally made models of Bill Goodrich, Brian Richardson, Gary Riley and William Stewart are pictured.  It's a welcome publication for anyone interested in the T-54 and T-55.

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Japanese Aviation

This book will prove invaluable for model makers building this Cold War AFV as well as military historians that want a concise history of the T54/T55.


It is well written by a knowledgeable guide, and the artwork is excellent.

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Wargames Illustrated, May 2019

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Ipms Magazine, May-June 2019

This title is a cracking first port of call for any scale modeller interested in creating a miniature version of the T-54 or T-55 Russian Main Battle Tank (MBT). The scale modelling section is full colour with some very high quality modelling on offer.

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Scale Modelling Now

Quality documentation that will delight car modellers, historians and military investigators.

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Miniaturas JM

Charting the main variants of the Russian T54 and T55 tanks, of which I was shocked to find out how many where build, this book is a great source of information for the AFV modeller.

The historical sections are in a chronological order, the main variants are explained and the example builds are of a very high standard.

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Vintage Airfix

The latest in Pen and Sword’s profile books of military vehicles and motorised weapons looks at the T-54/55 by Robert Jackson. Superb illustrations and amazing statistics.

Books Monthly

The contents of this title will prove of great use to those modellers looking at the exterior of the T-54/55 and will provide some ideas for the display of a model of these tanks. The author has done a good job considering how much space he was provided with. The cost of this title makes the purchase a no brainer and after all dedicated modelling books are hard to find at a good price.

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The View From The Turret Vlog

Throughout the book there are lots of archive photos, all with helpful captions illustrating the long career of this tank which has been so widely used, and built in such large numbers.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

A book that is a great starting point for the model maker and the tank enthusiast, with a very interesting review of the kits available to reproduce this well-known tank!

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

Another great installment to the Tank Craft series of books. Robert Jackson does his due diligence in bringing to life this Cold War beast. As a military modeler, I find reference books such as this a valuable resource for my hobby. The book is filled with historical facts and photos as well as information coveted by hobbyists' such as myself. It is definitely a great addition to the library.

Ray Stryker Ace, Freelance

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Wargames Illustrated, February 2019

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 on the Bf-109 in the FlightCraft series, whilst 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, for TankCraft.

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