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Ukrainian Armour and Fighting Vehicles (Paperback)

Military > Armoured Military Vehicles Military > Tanks

By Craig Allen
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Military Vehicles and Artillery
Pages: 96
Illustrations: More than 100
ISBN: 9781802825961
Published: 25th August 2023

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With the current war between Ukraine and Russia at the forefront of news coverage, this book aims to cover the various designs of tanks and armoured fighting vehicles currently in use in Ukraine. These include original Soviet equipment, home-produced vehicles, and many new AFVs supplied by Western nations. Ukraine is distinctive in having its own tank factories and producing its own designs, such as the T-64 and T-84 Oplot. It also has the facilities to repair and upgrade Russian tanks, such as the T-72. The confilct has seen many NATO nations, including the UK, donating equipment, which makes for an interesting and diverse inventory.

Having reported on Ukrainian vehicles exhibition on Independence Day, Kyiv 2017 (Tankette 53:1, 2018 and Model Military International June 2022), I was interested to see this book. It reviews the large array of tanks and AFVs now (or about to enter) in Ukrainian service. Text covers development of each vehicle type, modifications and upgrades, snippets of information on Ukrainian use and numbers donated from NATO and friendly countries. A third of the book is on indigenous Ukraine-designed vehicles like T-64, T-80, T-80U, T-84 Oplot, BTR-4 Bucephalus IFV, Varta MRAP and legacy Soviet vehicles like T-72 and donated upgraded versions from ex-Warsaw Pact nations, 2S1 SPGs, BMP 1 and 2, BM-21 Grads. Hauls of captured Russian equipment include T-72B3s, T-80s, T-90s, 2S1 and 2S19M2 SPGs, BTRs, and Grads: one source estimates 460 MBTs, 92 SPGs, 448 IFVs. Vehicles from donor nations are substantial: British Challenger 2, CVRT, AS90 SPG, M270 MLRS, Mastiff APC; American M1A2 Abrams, Bradley M2 IFVs, M109 SPGs, Strykers and M113s, M142 HIMARS; from Germany, Poland, Finland, and Canada the much-wanted Leopard 2s, Gepard AA tanks, PzH 2000 SPGs; French AMX 10 RCs and Ceasar SPGs; Polish PT-91 Twardys, Krab SPGs; and contributions from Slovenia, Sweden and Australia. There is a critique on the Russian Army’s poor performance. Understandably, there is a lack of information on Ukrainian tactics, and deployment. Photos from Wikipedia Commons: most of the donated vehicles are in non-Ukraine settings. Given information restrictions this resume is good for this point in the war: recommended. Thanks to Pen and Sword for my PDF review sample.

John Ham, Model Military International and Tankette, September 2023
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