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The AMX 13 Light Tank (Paperback)

A Complete History


By Guy Gibeau, Peter Lau, M. P. Robinson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781526701671
Published: 30th September 2018


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The AMX 13 was originally designed in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. It represents French ambitions for national resurgence and withdrawal from wartime dependence on American military technology.

Being a light tank it was an ambitious and far sighted departure from conventional tank design and it found a ready export market as well as being a critical part in the French Army arsenal. Its basic hull design lent itself to the development of a vast list of variants.

French designers progressively modernised, and indeed reinvented, the AMX13 and enabled it to claim to be one of the most successful armoured vehicle programmes of the post-war period. It proved its worth in numerous small wars worldwide in the service of many countries.

This, the first commercially published work on the AMX13 in English, examines in detail the technical industrial and tactical story of this remarkably successful armoured fighting vehicle. The authoritative text is backed by an impressive selection of images

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About Guy Gibeau

Lieutenant-Colonel Guy Gibeau is a retired mechanized infantry officer whose career in the French Army spanned four decades. Much of his early career was spent in command of AMX13 series vehicles.

About Peter Lau

Peter Lau became interested in tank technology since his youth and has developed his interest into a career in the defence industry. He has been involved in the design and development of armoured fighting vehicles since 1999 and is currently the Programme Chief Engineer cum Product Manager responsible for the life cycle support of a main battle tank.

About M. P. Robinson

M P Robinson studied history at Toronto’s York University. He has written four books on postwar armour in English and French in 2014 and has edited 3 of Robert Griffin’s previous works for Kagero Publishing. He is currently also preparing a study of the 1st Canadian Corps and the 21st Tank Brigade in the Battle of the Gothic Line.

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