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The AMX 13 Light Tank (ePub)

A Complete History

Military > Tanks P&S History > By Century > 20th Century Photographic eBooks

By Guy Gibeau, Peter Lau, M. P. Robinson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
File Size: 91.3 MB (.epub)
Pages: 237
Illustrations: 250
ISBN: 9781526701695
Published: 12th December 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

A book such as this one is really very strong and convincing. It helps the publisher fit random subjects into a basic template and this means they can take on projects that might not otherwise make it into print.

Perhaps the most touching thing about this book is that it is dedicated to co-author Guy Gibeau who passed away before publication. He was a veteran tank officer who really knew his stuff. I hope he would be pleased with this very impressive book. If you are into post war armour, then you really must add this one to your library. It is a tank lover’s dream.

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War History Online, Mark Barnes

This is a recommended work for modern tank modellers and enthusiasts, military historians with an interest in modern AFVs and wargamers wanting background and weapon information on AFVs of the recent past – the last half of the 20th Century.

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This 230 page book is a fantastic and well written history of an armoured fighting vehicle; the pictures alone would make the book worth while.

A great read, and a very interesting and informative book.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

The excellent text is complimented by a splendid collection of high-quality photographs, and while there isn't a walk-around section per se, there are more than sufficient shots of the vehicle to provide modellers with all the reference material they require, especially for diorama builders.

Airfix Model World, May 2019

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This book has a great selection of images from both official and private collections. It will appeal strongly to historians, modellers and collectors.

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Whilst the AMX 13 is a well-known tank in general terms, there has, until now, been a gap in tank knowledge. This book addresses this gap by expertly guiding the reader from the development of the tank to production, modification and service. Overall, this relatively short volume is an absolute must for anyone seriously interested in French tanks.

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Amazon Customer, Andrew Hills

A great book for anyone who is interested in this amazing innovation in tank design! Buy this collection facts put together by the experts!

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Amazon Customer

Informative text in each chapter is supported by plenty of archive photos, and a mix of black and white archive images alongside more modern colour images. All have comprehensive captioning and they do include the fascinating line up of examples of the AMX series which can be found at the French Musee des Blindes at Saumur. A very useful addition to the Images of War series, and a fitting tribute to Guy Gibeau I felt.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

About Guy Gibeau

The late Lieutenant-Colonel Guy Gibeau was a 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, and he was one of France's foremost experts on the type. He died in 2017.

About Peter Lau

Peter Lau is a Product Manager responsible for the life cycle support of a main battle tank. He has served in an armoured battalion in the Singapore Army and is the author of two books on the AMX13 Mle 51 Light Tank.

About M. P. Robinson

MP Robinson is a Canadian military historian whose research is focused on Cold War era armoured and mechanized warfare. He has co-authored (with Rob Griffin) two previous titles for Pen and Sword Military; Challenger 2- The British Main Battle Tank and The Royal Armoured Corps in the Cold War.

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