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US Cold War Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles (Paperback)

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By Michael Green
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 220
Illustrations: 250
ISBN: 9781526727213
Published: 25th April 2019

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To counter the Soviet threat and that of their client States during the Cold War years 1949-1991, the American military deployed an impressive range of main battle tanks (MBTs) and armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs).

The Patton series of medium MBTs (including the M46, M47 and M48) supplemented by the M103s Heavy Tank initially formed the core of the US tank fleet. In 1960 the M60 MBT with its British designed 105mm gun entered service and, in turn, was replaced by the M1 Abrams in 1980.

In support were armoured reconnaissance vehicles, progressively the M41 bull dog (1951); the M114 (1961), the M551 Sheridan (1967) and M3 Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicle (1981).

The armoured personnel carrier (APC) range included the ubiquitous M113 and its replacement the M2 Bradley, cousin of the M3.

Expert author Michael Green covers all these vehicles and their variants in this informative and superbly illustrated Images of War series work.

A magnificent documentary catalogue.

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Miniaturas JM

As with all the Images of War series, this one is well written, beautifully presented and there are lots of great images which makes it a must have reference book for scale modellers of Cold War machinery.

The information that Michael Green gives us is short and sweet on each Tank and AFV but it’s enough, I thought. If I was concentrating on a specific model, I would definitely use this book along with other, more detailed, reference books.

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Vintage Airfix

The 220-page book is a joy for the eyes because it examines, in an almost exhaustive way, every vehicle used by the USA for a period of about 50 years. There are not only exterior photographs but also diagrams of the internal arrangement of the vehicles and photographs of the passenger and crew compartments. To contextualise the laborious evolution of vehicles, there is no shortage of photos of what was produced in the USSR at the time. All this makes this book a must for any military vehicle enthusiast and for any historian.

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On The Old Barbed Wire

The Images of War series has proved very popular, setting the high standard maintained by this new addition to the series. The Cold War set the US Army a number of challenges, one of which was a virtually continuous high level of alert with a series of conventional conflicts and surrogate wars, but always under the shadow of the prospect of a nuclear battlefield. – Very Highly Recommended.

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Firetrench

The iconic "Images of War" series continues with a look at tank and armoured fighting vehicle developments after the end of WWII.

Books Monthly

A really good source of reference, ideal for scale modellers.

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Scale Modelling Now

This is a great volume looking at US armour during the Cold War. The author does a great job of including both the pro’s and con’s of the vehicles he’s discussing, which make for interesting reading.

Irregular magazine, Spring 2020

Obviously, the photographs are the main attraction with these books, but Green’s commentary certainly enhances the reading experience.

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GoodReads, Robert Neil Smith

The author has provided nice bite sized chunks of information on a huge swath of armour and presents it in an interesting manner.

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Armorama

Michael Green is a very knowledgeable author on the subject of armoured vehicles and this is another very good addition to his contributions for the Images of War series.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

Gives a brief summary of each vehicle and would provide a resource for anyone wanting to build models from this era.

Ipms Magazine, May-June 2019
 Michael Green

About Michael Green

Michael Green is the author of numerous acclaimed books in the Images of War series including Armour in Vietnam, US Navy Aircraft Carriers, US Battleships, US Navy Submarines, The Patton Tank, US Naval Aviation, American Infantry Weapons, MI Abrams Tank, Combat Aircraft of the USAF, Allied Tanks of the Second World War, Allied AFVs of the Second World War, Axis Tanks of the Second World War , Axis AFVs of WW2, US Military Helicopters and United States Airborne Divisions 1942-2018.


He lives in California.

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