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Modern U.S. Tanks & AFVs Paperback – 8 September 2003
- Publisher : Motorbooks International (8 September 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0760314675
- ISBN-13 : 978-0760314678
- Dimensions : 20.96 x 0.64 x 22.86 cm
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This is a rare gem of a publication that focuses exclusively on our current era equipment, the source materials, editing and content showing production topic and story discipline very rare in this book category. The book strikes a unique balance between pictures and content. It is not a "list" book - but a beautiful portrait of the US Army and Marine Corps in 21st Century military transition.
Divided between "legacy equipment" and transitional/future combat platforms by track and wheel, tank, AFV, rocket and tube artillery, the book goes into a level of detail that keeps military buffs satisfied - and confuses only a minority of curious civilians. This is more than a starter book.
I enjoyed the clarity of content and portrayal of weapons systems, comprehensive and easy to understand historical storyline and current contractors proudly displaying their latest (2002/2003)production. The detail level is astonishingly accurate - I being directly involved in many of these programs as a defense contractor/retired Army officer. FBCB2 (digital) data in the M-1A2 or M-1D tanks is bleeding edge state of the art capability shared with the reader!
The nostalgia of reviewing early 1980's legacy equipment brought back fond memories of wonderful people, interesting places and threats that no longer exist. Anyone who has served from 1970 on will be be fascinated with the progress of armored vehicle development, capabilities and the lethality of newer equipment. Equipment is mostly shown in field use - photography is stunningly first rate. Looks like many contractor marketing and testing photographs were used.
NOT included are pictures of our latest improvisations and armor updates to the threat our forces face in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since publication - "birdcage" RPG screens have been added to the Stryker and M1114 uparmored HMMWVs have undergone additional modifications. I hope a newer addition of this book sees print.
Pretty enough to display to your liberal friends as a "coffee table" book - the rich color photographs and clear readable storyline of a force in transition is a wonderful addition to anyone's military library.