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The Centurion Tank (Paperback)

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By Brian Delf, Pat Ware
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781781590119
Published: 4th March 2013

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Few tank designs have been as effective, versatile and long-lived as that of the British Centurion. Conceived during the Second World War as the answer to the superior German Tiger and Panther tanks and to the lethal 88mm gun, this 52-ton main battle tank incorporated the lessons British designers had learned about armoured fighting vehicles during the conflict, and it was free of the major faults that had impaired the other British tank designs of the time. The Centurion was so successful that it served in the British Army and in numerous other armies across the world from 1945 until the 1990s.

Pat Ware's highly illustrated history of this remarkable tank covers its design and development, its technical specifications and the many variants that were produced. He tells the story from the design brief of 1943, through testing and trials to the tank's entry into service. And he traces the course of the Centurion's subsequent career as it was up-dated, up-gunned and adapted to operate in varied conditions and conflicts all over the world including Korea, the Indo-Pakistan wars, Vietnam and the Arab-Israeli wars.

His expert account of this remarkable fighting vehicle is accompanied by a series of colour plates showing the main variants of the design and the common ancillary equipment and unit markings. His book is an essential work of reference for enthusiasts.

The narrative is accompanied by 62 black and white photographs (many of them impressive and double page) throughout the entire work, and a collection of pictures composed by 28 full-colour illustrations, masterfully prepared by Brian Delf of some of the Models and designs of camouflage.

A useful and interesting book for the tanks modeller.

Read the full Spanish review online here.

José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM

An excellent photo collection.

The Great War Magazine

An in-depth illustrated history of one of the most successful post-war British tanks with specially commissioned full colour artwork showing the main variants.

Forces Pension Society

A comprehensive study of the Centurion tank, describing its development, performance, sales and service history with additional chapters covering its experimental variants, which ranged from the remarkable to the slightly strange. Designed during the Second World War to meet the alarming challenge set by the German Tiger and Panther tanks, the Centurion was not to enter service until the post-war period but immediately proved itself to be a very superior design and was hailed as one of the finest main battle tanks of its day. Such was the scope for modification which had been incorporated into the design that it was 20 years before it began to be replaced by the Chieftain, but even then its many variants continued to see active service in a wide range of roles in a number of very different climates and terrains, even making an appearance as late as the Gulf War of 1991. An impressive tribute to a superb vehicle.

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About Brian Delf

Pat Ware is a leading expert on the history of military vehicles and a prolific writer of books and articles on every aspect of the subject. His most recent publications include a study of the military Jeep, encyclopaedias of military vehicles and motorcycles, and photographic histories of British tanks of the Second World War and the post-war period. He was the founding editor of Classic Military Vehicle magazine in 2001 and continues to contribute to the magazine. Among his most recent books are British Tanks: The Second World War and British Tanks: 1945 to the Present Day.

Brian Delf has a long-established reputation as an illustrator of technical subjects as well as architecture and natural history, and he is particularly well known for his work on military vehicles.


 Pat Ware

About Pat Ware

Pat Ware is a leading expert on the history of military vehicles and a prolific writer of books and articles on every aspect of the subject. His most recent publications include a study of the military Jeep and encyclopaedias of military vehicles and motorcycles. He was the founding editor of Classic Military Vehicle magazine in 2001 and continues to contribute to the magazine as well as writing a military column for Land Rover World.

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