The Centurion Tank

The Centurion Tank

He tells the story from the design brief of 1943, through testing and trials to the tank s entry into service.

Author: Pat Ware

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 9781781590119

Category: History

Page: 127

View: 727

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 armored 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. In addition, 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 color 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."
Categories: History

Chieftain

Chieftain

Each section of the book is supported by a wealth of archive photographs.

Author: Robert Jackson

Publisher: Pen & Sword Military

ISBN: 1526741423

Category:

Page:

View: 216

The British Chieftain - designed in the late 1950s as the replacement for the Centurion - was perhaps the best main battle tank in service with Nato during the 1960s and 1970s. Its 120mm rifled main gun and advanced armour made it one of the most formidable tanks of its time, and Robert Jackson's book is an authoritative introduction to it. Although it was intended to fight Soviet armour on the plains of northern Germany, it was in the heat and sand of the Middle East that the Chieftain fought its major battles during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s, and it proved to be very effective during the Gulf War of 1991. Variants of the Chieftain were exported to Iran, Oman, India, Kenya and Nigeria, and its chassis was adapted to fulfil a variety of tasks, including armoured recovery and bridge-laying As well as tracing the history of the Chieftain, Robert Jackson's work provides an excellent source of reference for the modeller, providing details of available kits and photographs of award-winning models, together with artworks showing the colour schemes applied to these tanks. Each section of the book is supported by a wealth of archive photographs.
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Armoured Warfare in the Vietnam War

Armoured Warfare in the Vietnam War

This fine book brings details and images of all these diverse weaponry to the reader in one volume.

Author: Michael Green

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781781593813

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 662

Historian and collector Michael Green shows in this fascinating and graphically illustrated book that the two wars that engulfed Indochina and North and South Vietnam over 30 years were far more armoured in nature than typically thought of. By skilful use of imagery and descriptive text he describes the many variants deployed and their contribution.??The ill-fated French Expeditionary Force was largely US equipped with WW2 M3 and M5 Stuart, M4 Sherman and M24 light tanks as well as armoured cars and half-tracks. Most of these eventually went to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam but were outdated and ineffective due to lack of logistics and training.??The US Army and Marine Corps build-up in the 1960s saw vast quantities of M48 Pattons, M113 APCs and many specialist variants and improvised armoured vehicles arrive in theatre. The Australians brought their British Centurion tanks. ??But it was the Russians, Chinese and North Vietnamese who won the day and their T-38-85 tanks, ZSU anti-aircraft platforms and BTR-40 and -50 swept the Communists to victory.??This fine book brings details and images of all these diverse weaponry to the reader in one volume.
Categories: History

Challenger 2

Challenger 2

This superbly researched and illustrated book tells the story of the evolution and subsequent successful career of Challenger 2 which has seen distinguished service in war and peace since 1990 and has proved itself one of the worlds most ...

Author: M. P. Robinson

Publisher: Pen & Sword Military

ISBN: 1473896657

Category: Challenger (Tank)

Page: 224

View: 711

For much of the Cold War, the British Army's main battle tanks (MBT) were first the Centurion and then the Chieftain. The question of the latter's replacement became urgent when in 1980 MBT80 was canceled. While the Royal Ordnance Challenger (originally the Shir 2) was acquired as a stop gap its design and capability limitations quickly became apparent. Vickers then took over the Royal Ordnance tank building facility and against stiff foreign competition developed the Challenger 2. This superbly researched and illustrated book tells the story of the evolution and subsequent successful career of Challenger 2 which has seen distinguished service in war and peace since 1990 and has proved itself one of the worlds most formidable fighting vehicles. The authors do not shy away from technical detail and make comparisons with competitors. The result is an objective and authoritative work which will delight military equipment buffs, modelers and wargamers.
Categories: Challenger (Tank)

British Tanks

British Tanks

All the British tanks that have seen service since the war are depicted, among them the Conqueror, Chieftain, Centurion and Challenger.

Author: Pat Ware

Publisher: Pen & Sword

ISBN: 1848845669

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 572

In this companion volume to British Tanks: The Second World War, Pat Ware provides an expert introduction to the design, production and operation of British tanks since 1945. Fewer types of tank were built than during the wartime period, but the complexity of design and manufacture increased, and a level of technical sophistication in the key areas of armor, firepower and mobility was beyond the imaginings of the tank pioneers of the First World War. Using a selection of contemporary photographs – supported by some modern photographs of preserved vehicles – Pat Ware sets the modern tank in a historical context. He describes its origins in Britain and its development and deployment in the Second World War and in the post-war period. All the British tanks that have seen service since the war are depicted, among them the Conqueror, Chieftain, Centurion and Challenger. The engineers' tanks – the flails, recovery vehicles, bridge-layers – are featured, as are the less-well-known British tanks made for export. This highly illustrated survey gives a fascinating insight into the recent evolution of the British tank and its role in the postwar world. 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.
Categories: History

British Battle Tanks

British Battle Tanks

This book, the last in a four-part series on British Battle Tanks covering the whole history of British armoured warfare, concentrates on those vehicles that have served following the end of World War II up to the present day.

Author: Simon Dunstan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472833358

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 523

This book, the last in a four-part series on British Battle Tanks covering the whole history of British armoured warfare, concentrates on those vehicles that have served following the end of World War II up to the present day. Starting with the Centurion, the title explores those types that equipped the armoured divisions lined up on the German plains to resist any potential Soviet offensive, as well as in Korea and Suez, including the Chieftain and Conqueror, and modern tanks such as the Challenger 2 which are still in service today. Covering the many variants of these and other tanks in British service as well as their deployments around the world, including in Afghanistan and Iraq, this illustrated volume is a comprehensive guide to the development of British tanks since the Second World War.
Categories: History

Armoured Warfare in the Korean War

Armoured Warfare in the Korean War

For this fascinating book over 180 contemporary photographs have been selected to show Soviet-built T-34/85s and Su-76s, American M4 Shermans, M26 Pershings and M46 Pattons, and British Cromwells and Centurions in action in one of the ...

Author: Anthony Tucker-Jones

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 9781848845800

Category: History

Page: 134

View: 935

After the Second World War, military analysts thought that the only place significant armored forces were ever likely to confront each other again was in central Europe where the Nato alliance would fend off the Soviet Red Army. Then during the Korean War of 1950-53 both sides deployed large numbers of armored fighting vehicles, and this neglected aspect of the conflict is the subject of Anthony Tucker-Jones s photographic history. Korea, with its rugged mountains, narrow passes, steep valleys and waterlogged fields was not ideal tank country so the armor mainly supported the infantry and rarely engaged in battles of maneuver. Yet the wide variety of armor supporting UN and North Korean forces played a vital if unorthodox role in the swiftly moving campaigns. For this fascinating book over 180 contemporary photographs have been selected to show Soviet-built T-34/85s and Su-76s, American M4 Shermans, M26 Pershings and M46 Pattons, and British Cromwells and Centurions in action in one of the defining conflicts of the Cold War."
Categories: History

M48 Patton vs Centurion

M48 Patton vs Centurion

Featuring full-colour artwork, expert analysis and archive photographs, this is the full story of the clash between two leading tanks of the Cold War era that were never designed to fight each other, but rather to line up on battlefields as ...

Author: David R. Higgins

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472810939

Category: History

Page: 80

View: 215

The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 witnessed some of the largest tank battles since World War II, notably between India's British-made Centurion Mk 7s and the American-made M48 Pattons fielded by Pakistan. The two countries' tank regiments, many of which shared a proud legacy in the British Indian Army, fought one another in the difficult terrain of Jammu and Kashmir, the focus of a long-running dispute between India and Pakistan. The armoured clashes at Asal Uttar, Chawinda and Phillora would demonstrate that the Centurion, with its powerful gun and lower profile, generally proved superior to the faster, lighter but overly complex Patton. Featuring full-colour artwork, expert analysis and archive photographs, this is the full story of the clash between two leading tanks of the Cold War era that were never designed to fight each other, but rather to line up on battlefields as allies.
Categories: History

Allied Tanks of the Second World War

Allied Tanks of the Second World War

Allied Tanks of the Second World War covers all these categories in detail as well as the few super heavy tanks such as the French Char 2C and the TOG. For an informed and highly illustrated work this book has no comparable rival.

Author: Michael Green

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 9781473866782

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 654

Expert author Michael Green has compiled a full inventory of the tanks developed and deployed by the Allied armies during the six year war against Nazi Germany and her Axis partners.There were four categories of tank: Light, Medium, Heavy and Super Heavy. Combat experience proved Light tanks (such as the Stuart and T-26) to be ineffective. Medium tanks (the US M4 series, named Sherman by the British, and Russian T-34) soon dominated with their fire power, protection and mobility.The later stages of the War required the Allies to answer the Axis Panther and Tiger tanks with up-gunned and up-armoured second generation M4s, T-34-85s and the Sherman Firefly. Totally new heavy tanks such as the M-26, Pershing, Soviet KV-1 series and the British Centurion only saw action in the final months.Allied Tanks of the Second World War covers all these categories in detail as well as the few super heavy tanks such as the French Char 2C and the TOG. For an informed and highly illustrated work this book has no comparable rival.
Categories: History

British Tanks 1945 to the Present Day

British Tanks  1945 to the Present Day

In this companion volume to British Tanks: The Second World War, Pat Ware provides an expert introduction to the design, production and operation of British tanks since 1945.

Author: Pat Ware

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 9781783038404

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 711

In this companion volume to British Tanks: The Second World War, Pat Ware provides an expert introduction to the design, production and operation of British tanks since 1945. Fewer types of tank were built than during the wartime period, but the complexity of design and manufacture increased, and a level of technical sophistication in the key areas of armor, firepower and mobility was beyond the imaginings of the tank pioneers of the First World War.Using a selection of contemporary photographs supported by some modern photographs of preserved vehicles Pat Ware sets the modern tank in a historical context. He describes its origins in Britain and its development and deployment in the Second World War and in the post-war period. All the British tanks that have seen service since the war are depicted, among them the Conqueror, Chieftain, Centurion and Challenger. The engineers tanks the flails, recovery vehicles, bridge-layers are featured, as are the less-well-known British tanks made for export.This highly illustrated survey gives a fascinating insight into the recent evolution of the British tank and its role in the postwar world.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.
Categories: History

Challenger 2

Challenger 2

While the Royal Ordnance Challenger (originally the Shir 2) was acquired as a stop gap its design and capability limitations quickly became apparent.Vickers then took over the Royal Ordnance tank building facility and against stiff foreign ...

Author: Robert Griffin

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473896673

Category: History

Page: 176

View: 960

For much of the Cold War, the British Army's main battle tanks (MBT) were first the Centurion and then the Chieftain. The question of the latter's replacement became urgent when in 1980 MBT80 was canceled. While the Royal Ordnance Challenger (originally the Shir 2) was acquired as a stop gap its design and capability limitations quickly became apparent.Vickers then took over the Royal Ordnance tank building facility and against stiff foreign competition developed the Challenger 2.This superbly researched and illustrated book tells the story of the evolution and subsequent successful career of Challenger 2 which has seen distinguished service in war and peace since 1990 and has proved itself one of the worlds most formidable fighting vehicles. The authors do not shy away from technical detail and make comparisons with competitors. The result is an objective and authoritative work which will delight military equipment buffs, modelers and wargamers.
Categories: History

Cold War Armored Fighting Vehicles

Cold War Armored Fighting Vehicles

Technical artist and military historian George Bradford covers the Cold War, from the end of World War II through 1990.

Author: George Bradford

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 9780811706780

Category: History

Page: 141

View: 501

Technical artist and military historian George Bradford covers the Cold War, from the end of World War II through 1990.
Categories: History

101 Great Tanks

101 Great Tanks

Presents photographs and detailed information about 101 great tanks, from the very first British tank to ultra-modern armored fighting vehicles.

Author: Robert Jackson

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781435835955

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

View: 673

Chronicles military tanks from WWI to the present, from WWI's Mark V to today's M2 Abrams.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

Asymmetric Warfare

Asymmetric Warfare

37 One analyst gives the figures for ratios (Russian first): troops, 0.5: 1; tanks, 1.6:
1; APCs, 2:1; artillery, 1.8:1: Raevsky, 'Russian Military Performance in Chechnya
', p. ... Anthony Zinni, was right before the war when he said that the images of
destruction of cities 'on Al Jazeera wouldn't help us at all': ... 52 In Bosnia in 1993,
e.g., Danish UN Centurion tanks were to move into Bosnia to act as a deterrent ...

Author: Rod Thornton

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745633640

Category: History

Page: 241

View: 734

In recent years, the nature of conflict has changed. Through asymmetric warfare radical groups and weak state actors are using unexpected means to deal stunning blows to more powerful opponents in the West. From terrorism to information warfare, the Wests air power, sea power and land power are open to attack from clever, but much weaker, enemies. In this clear and engaging introduction, Rod Thornton unpacks the meaning and significance of asymmetric warfare, in both civilian and military realms, and examines why it has become such an important subject for study. He seeks to provide answers to key questions, such as how weaker opponents apply asymmetric techniques against the Western world, and shows how the Wests military superiority can be seriously undermined by asymmetric threats. The book concludes by looking at the ways in which the US, the state most vulnerable to asymmetric attack, is attempting to cope with some new battlefield realities. This is an indispensable guide to one of the key topics in security studies today.
Categories: History

Canister On Fire

Canister  On  Fire

This book takes the reader inside the tanks to share the experiences of their crews in action in the jungle.

Author: Bruce Cameron

Publisher:

ISBN: 1921941995

Category: Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Page: 940

View: 364

Canister! On! Fire! tells the remarkable, but little known story of Australian tanks in the Vietnam War. Based on twelve years of research, including personal letters and diaries, extensive searches of official records and numerous interviews, this book brings to life a previously little-known aspect of the conflict. It is the story of a select group of soldiers, both regular and conscript, serving their country against all odds. The 53 ton Centurion tanks were not only involved in intense fighting in conjunction with infantry to capture enemy defenses and defeat attacks, but also fought their own battles against enemy mines, ambushes, and an unforgiving terrain and climate. This book takes the reader inside the tanks to share the experiences of their crews in action in the jungle. We see the gunner, trying to survive the heat inside the turret, while identifying designated targets; the operator trying to maintain communications, while keeping the guns loaded; the driver, trying to see his way forward, while keeping his head down; and the commander, trying to locate enemy positions, while directing his driver and giving fire orders to his gunner. The account also reveals how the mechanics beat overwhelming challenges to maintain the twenty-year-old tanks, while the field engineers risked their lives protecting them against mines.
Categories: Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Armoured Warfare in the Arab Israeli Conflicts

Armoured Warfare in the Arab Israeli Conflicts

The latest volume in Anthony Tucker-Joness series of books on armoured warfare in the Images of War series is a graphic account of the development of armoured forces in the Arab and Israeli armies from 1948 to the present day.

Author: Anthony Tucker-Jones

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473828391

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 818

The latest volume in Anthony Tucker-Joness series of books on armoured warfare in the Images of War series is a graphic account of the development of armoured forces in the Arab and Israeli armies from 1948 to the present day. In a sequence of over 200 archive photographs he tells the story of the role armour played in Arab-Israeli conflicts over the last sixty years, from the initial battles of 1948, through the Suez Crisis, the Six Day War, the Yom Kippur War, the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 and the Israeli attack on Hamas in Gaza in 2008.In all these clashes armoured vehicles played a prominent, sometimes decisive part. As the photographs show, an extraordinary range of Second World War and post-war tanks, armoured cars and armoured personnel carriers was deployed by all sides. Russian T-34s, SU-100s, T-54/55s, T-62s and T-72s were imported from the Eastern Bloc by the Egyptians and Syrians. Shermans, Pattons, Centurions and AMX-13s were imported from the West by the Israelis. In addition, the Israelis developed modified hybrids such as the Sherman/Isherman, the Shot, Magach and Sabra, and they produced to their own design their main battle tank, the Merkava. Anthony Tucker-Joness photographic survey is an excellent introduction to late-twentieth-century armoured warfare, and it gives a fascinating insight into the military history of Israel and its Arab neighbours.
Categories: History

The Royal Armoured Corps in the Cold War 1946 1990

The Royal Armoured Corps in the Cold War 1946   1990

This highly informative book focuses on the deployment of the British Army’s armoured regiments from the end of the Second World War, their vehicles and equipment, the creation of the British Army of the Rhine, NATO commitments and other ...

Author: M P Robinson

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473881204

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 352

The Royal Armoured Corps’ composition may have changed dramatically during the four and a half decades of The Cold War but its role in the nation’s defence has been predominant. This highly informative book focuses on the deployment of the British Army’s armoured regiments from the end of the Second World War, their vehicles and equipment, the creation of the British Army of the Rhine, NATO commitments and other peripheral missions. The characteristics and variants of the Centurion, the powerful but short lived Conqueror, the Chieftain and Challenger are covered in expert text and by numerous images. The RAC in the Cold War is a tribute to the men who served in these famous regiment and their stories make fascinating reading.
Categories: History

Invasion of Lebanon

Invasion of Lebanon

Years later, I saw online pictures of Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, Chief of
Staff Rafael Eitan and several military commanders, holding meetings ... Huge
tanks equipped with machine guns and crew gear, I recall that they are a mixture
of M60 and Centurion tanks and some M113 troop carriers. ... My passion for
military history began with the Lebanese Civil War, and grew for curiosity to a
passion.

Author:

Publisher: AK-INTERACTIVE, S.L.

ISBN:

Category: Art

Page: 304

View: 503

Categories: Art

A Brush with War

A Brush with War

6 Claude Dumont The Centurion Tank , around 1972 Oil on canvas , 61 76.1 cm
Beaverbrook Collection of War Art ... of War Art CWM 19720262-001 Claude
Dumont's interest in copper enamelling , which results in brilliantly hued images ...

Author: Laura Brandon

Publisher: Canadian Mus of Civilization

ISBN: UCBK:C098021598

Category: Art

Page: 72

View: 223

Co-published by the Canadian War Museum.
Categories: Art

The Battle After the War

The Battle After the War

The first book about the treatment that Australian Vietnam veterans have received at the hands of the Government and from the general public.

Author: Ambrose Crowe

Publisher: Allen & Unwin Academic

ISBN: 1865080608

Category: Australia

Page: 210

View: 557

The first book about the treatment that Australian Vietnam veterans have received at the hands of the Government and from the general public.
Categories: Australia