Tank Spotter's Guide

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Osprey Publishing, 2011 - History - 128 pages
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Invented during World War I to break the grim deadlock of the Western Front trenches, tanks went on to revolutionize warfare. From the lightning Blitzkrieg assaults of World War II, to the great battles in the Middle Eastern desert, tanks have become one of the key components of the 'combined arms' philosophy of the modern battlefield. This pocket guide makes accessible to 'rivetheads' everywhere essential information to identify 40 of history's most fearsome tanks, including Germany's Tiger, Russia's T-34, America's Sherman and Panther, and France's FT-17. Each tank is presented with a detailed drawing to aid recognition.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
7
THE MARK I
9
THE MARK IV
12
THE A7V
15
THE MARK V
18
THE PANZER III
21
THE MATILDA INFANTRY TANK
24
THE M3 LEEGRANT MEDIUM TANK
27
THE M48 PATTON
69
THE SHERMAN DD AMPHIBIOUS TANK
72
THE M24 CHAFFEE LIGHT TANK
75
THE M3 AND M5 STUART LIGHT TANK
78
THE CENTURION UNIVERSAL TANK
81
THE M26M46 PERSHING TANK
84
THE T54 AND T55 MAIN BATTLE TANKS
87
THE M551 SHERIDAN TANK
90

THE PANZER IV
30
THE CRUSADER CRUISER TANK
33
THE T3476
36
THE M4 SHERMAN
39
THE PANTHER MEDIUM TANK
42
THE TIGER I HEAVY TANK
45
THE SHERMAN FIREFLY
48
THE T3485
51
THE CHURCHILL INFANTRY TANK
54
THE KV1 HEAVY TANK
57
THE CHURCHILL CROCODILE FLAMETHROWER TANK
60
THE KING TIGER HEAVY TANK
63
THE CROMWELL CRUISER TANK
66
THE T62 MAIN BATTLE TANK
93
THE IS HEAVY TANK
96
THE LEOPARD 1 MAIN BATTLE TANK
99
THE M60 MAIN BATTLE TANK
102
THE CHIEFTAIN MAIN BATTLE TANK
105
THE T72 MAIN BATTLE TANK
108
THE MERKAVA MAIN BATTLE TANK
111
THE CHALLENGER 1 MAIN BATTLE TANK
114
THE LEOPARD 2 MAIN BATTLE TANK
117
THE T80 MAIN BATTLE TANK
120
THE CHALLENGER 2 MAIN BATTLE TANK
123
THE M1 ABRAMS TANK
126
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Published in association with the Tank Museum in Britain.

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