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Tank Craft 37: M60 (Paperback)

Main Battle Tank America's Cold War Warrior 1959-1997

Military > Modelling Military > Post-WWII Warfare > Cold War Military > Pre-WWI > American History Military > Tanks P&S History > By Century > 20th Century WWII

By David Grummitt
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Tank Craft
Pages: 64
Illustrations: 100 colour and 100 mono integrated
ISBN: 9781399096454
Published: 4th May 2022



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The M60 was a second-generation American main battle tank, the last in the line of Patton tanks that had first been developed at the end of World War. It entered operational service with the US Army in 1960 and some 15,000 M60s were manufactured by Chrysler at the Detroit Tank Arsenal Plant between then and when production ceased in 1983. It served with both the US Army and the US Marine Corps and was the principal tank deployed in Europe in the ‘sixties, ‘seventies and early ‘eighties, providing NATO’s main armoured force at the height of the Cold War. It became one of the most widely used armoured fighting vehicles of the twentieth century, serving in the armies of over 25 countries. It continued to serve alongside the M1 Abrams into the 1990s before this venerable Cold War warrior was finally retired from active service with the US military in 1997.

This volume charts the development of the M60 from its origins in World War II to the Cold War. It focuses on its service with the US military and other NATO armies, examining its combat service in the First Gulf War and also with other armies in the Middle East. The book gives a full account of the wide range of kits and accessories available in all the popular scales and a modelling gallery features builds covering a range of M60s in service with various armed forces. Detailed colour profiles provide both reference and inspiration for modellers and military enthusiasts alike.

"Another marvelous Craft series profile -- this time on the M-60. For all you gamers getting into 'WWIII,' here's the tank that was a US mainstay during the Cold War."

Historical Miniatures Gaming Society, September 2022

"This is a nice addition to the series and is the type of book to appeal to enthusiasts and modelers alike. Well worth picking up."

ModellingMadness.com, April 2022

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Scale Modelling Now

A fantastic book that really does sell and make the M60 Main Battle Tank look really good, and I really enjoyed this book, maybe it’s because this tank and book focus on the Cold War era of tanks, which just makes a nice change from WW2.

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The History Fella

"Highly recommended."

AMPS Indianapolis Review 2022

Another excellent addition to the series, and up to date with the inclusion of the recent Takom kits. The model showcase includes build by Dave Grummitt himself, along with AFV Club builds from another excellent modeller, David Chou. If you have an interest in the M60 series, this is a good value modellers reference.

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Military Model Scene

This is the third Tank Craft volume written by the author. In his 64 pages there are 15 sections beginning with an introductory history of American armour followed by the evolution of the Patton tank series, M46, M47 and M48. This is followed by a history of the M60 and goes into some detail including camouflage & markings, even paintwork. There are 60 photos, 48 of which are in colour. Its use over its nearly 40 year career is discussed and variants are also covered, from Starship to M578 ARV. Mention is made of the nearly 30 countries who have used the tank. Primarily a reference for scale modelling there are 13 side views depicting various liveries of the MBT. Some 19 pages are devoted to modelling the M60 with 94 colour photos of models made by professional scale modellers, Use Kern, David Chou, José Luis Lopez Ruiz and the author. These photos encompass the variety of models available in different scales and aftermarket accessories. Overall it's a good addition to one's library and a stand alone reference.

Gary Wenko

"Highly Recommended for beginner to advanced builders of the M60 and its variants."

AMPS April 2022

About David Grummitt

David Grummitt is editor of Military Modelcraft International magazine. He is also a professional historian and writer and is author of several books on late medieval warfare and of the Landcraft volume on the Stryker Interim Combat Vehicle.

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